MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

When computer hacker Luke Dodge (Stephen Baldwin) causes trouble on a prison work detail, he's handcuffed to Charles Piper (Laurence Fishburne). Another prisoner takes advantage of their fight to stage an escape. Dodge and Piper escape also, still chained together, and Dodge is chased by both a U.S. Marshall and a mob boss who want to retrieve the computer data he stole. Piper becomes both partner and protector as Dodge recovers the computer disc with the valuable information. The police detective (Will Patton) who arrested Dodge is suspicious about the Marshall's motives in recapturing the computer hacker. Chase scenes around Atlanta, Ga., landmarks like Stone Mountain and the Georgia Dome include exciting shootouts and fiery car explosions. The unlikely partners' bantering, the easy-going detective and humorous references to popular movies invoke several chuckles. This action film provides plenty of speed and twisting turns and keeps audiences rooting for the fugitives.

Action in FLED includes numerous shootings and fistfights with graphic blood spurts. The fights include vicious kicks and hits. An opening explosion throws people across the room and a later car wreck shows a body half out of the wreckage. Along with the excessive violence comes a collection of more than 130 obscenities, profanities and crude comments. One particularly crude scene shows a stream of urine falling near Dodge. Although no sex is shown, two scenes feature female rear and breast nudity. One takes place in a strip bar with sensual dancers and the other in a massage parlor. Homosexuality in prison is suggested by a prisoner propositioning Dodge on the work detail. Dodge and Piper deny homosexual involvement when their relationship is questioned. An encounter with a hunter plays on the red-neck stereotype of southern white men. The action may be non-stop, but the foul language and excessive violence should halt discerning viewers.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
MGM/UA, 2500 Broadway St., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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 (56) times - Mild 28, Moderate 28

Obscene Language: Many (72) times - F-word 34, s-word 33, other 5, also crude language and obscenities in rap music

Profanity: Several (6) times - Regular 5 (G-d 4, J 1), Exclamatory 1

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (explosion propels bodies, numerous graphic shootings, man hit with shovel in crotch, fist fights, kicks, torture threat with cigar, graphic cut with scalpel, car wrecks - one with body showing)

Sex: None

Nudity: Female rear and breast nudity in strip club & massage parlor

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Sensual dances in strip club, sensual kissing, double entendre in computer comments

Drugs: Cigar/cigarette smoking, alcohol, references to drug money

Other: Urination, ethnic slur once

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Adults

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