Hotel de Love

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Australian twin brothers Rick and Stephen (Aden Young and Simon Bossell) fell in love with Melissa (Saffron Burrows) when they were 17 years old. Ten years later, she has become a philosopher, and floundering Rick has been unable to commit to any woman or career. Deeply sensitive, romantic Stephen continues to obsess about Melissa while working in the corporate offices of the Hotel de Love. When the twins' bickering, miserable parents come to this garish hotel to renew their wedding vows, the lost but not forgotten Melissa appears. She's accompanied by her intellectual boyfriend, much to the brothers' chagrin. Can either of them win Melissa's heart? Can their parents find happiness in their hotel suite decorated like a football field, complete with scoreboard and Astroturf? What will happen to Rick's current girl friend, Allison (Pippa Grandison), the local astrologer and palm reader? None of the Australian actors are well known, but they all seem to be having great fun. Those who appreciate incessant silliness will enjoy this farce about finding true love.

With no violence and very little offensive language, Hotel de Love's R rating is based on its sexually suggestive content. Rick and Melissa spend a night together as teenage lovers even though she had told him she wouldn't have sex until marriage. That's the first of many bedroom scenes as Rick, Stephen, Allison, Melissa and her boyfriend try different partners before committing to anyone. Sex is implied several times, and although there's no actual scenes of sex, the on-screen action is still very steamy. Rick eats grapes lodged between Allison's toes while they are in bed. Stephen is seduced by a young girl who bares her breasts. She takes off his pants before they tumble into bed. Melissa discusses her boyfriend's disappointing behavior in bed, and Allison turns her charms on Stephen and consoles his broken heart in the bedroom as sex is implied. Rear male nudity is present when a man gets out of bed. The brothers' mother reads out loud erotic love letters sent to her from a mysterious "Lord Byron" at the hotel. The musical bed game played by everyone delivers the false message that love is based solely on hormones and you have to bed a lot of partners to find true love.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
LIVE Entertainment, P.O. Box 10124, Van Nuys, CA 91410-0124

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (2) times - Mild

Obscene Language: Few (2) times (f-word 1, other 1)

Profanity: Once - Exclamatory

Violence: None

Sex: None, but implied several times (various couples in bedroom scenes)

Nudity: Few times (female breast nudity, male rear nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (heavy petting, explicit sexual conversations, erotic love letters read out loud)

Drugs: Smoking and drinking

Other: Man says he feels reborn, like Lazarus; later he calls woman his messiah because she saved him; woman practices astrology and fortune telling

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Young adults

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