That Old Feeling

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

Having their parents reunite is a dream for many divorced children. But it's a nightmare for Molly (Paula Marshall), who's about to be married and must invite her divorced parents to the wedding. Her mother Lilly (Bette Midler), who is an actress, and father Dan (Dennis Farina) hate each other "with nuclear capability" and remarried others 12 years ago. At Molly's wedding the divorcees show that the verbal fireworks can still go off. But in the middle of a shouting match, Lilly and Dan realize they still have strong passionate feelings for each another and they run away to enjoy one last weekend fling. Molly puts her honeymoon on hold to locate her parents and restore moral order. Because of Lilly's high profile status, Molly worries about her new husband's political future. When she finds her parents, however, her opinions begin to change about their relationships and her own. Although the film has humorous moments, the material will connect more strongly with older viewers. The under-25 crowd may find the movie boring.

It's supposedly about love and finding the right relationship, but the film focuses on Dan and Lilly's adulterous affair. They feel guilty about it but feel compelled to continue. Although sexual intercourse isn't shown, it's strongly suggested by rocking cars and pictures shaking on the wall, and Lilly and Dan are shown in bed together. Molly's husband and Dan's wife also have an affair after they both get drunk. Lilly encourages premarital sex when she comments that the 20s are an age "for having sex with all the wrong people," and many other sexually suggestive jokes are made. Near nudity is present with some short nightgowns, and Lilly is shown putting on underwear under a nightdress. Many crude words and several obscenities pollute the dialogue, along with several regular profanities. With the abundance of suggestive material, adulterous affairs and objectionable language, we have very negative feelings about That Old Feeling.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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: Many (13) times - Mild 4, Moderate 9

Obscene Language: Several (9) times - f-word 1, s-word 4, other 4

Profanity: Many (21) times - Regular 7 (G 6, C 1), Exclamatory 14

Violence: Few times - Mild (slap, shove, man carried out by security)

Sex: Few times (implied once by car movements and sounds, once when walls shake, twice by couple in bed)

Nudity: None; near nudity several times (short nightgown, couple covered by bedsheets, woman putting on underwear, low-cut dress)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (mother talks about sex, references to sexual affairs, jokes about having sex in car, sensual kissing, man's hand on woman's rear, comments about sexual performance, man rubs head on woman's chest)

Drugs: Several times (alcohol use, sometimes excessive; reference to past drug use)

Other: Adulterous relationship, man has affair with father-in-law's wife, mother encourages premarital sex

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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