Four Rooms

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

FOUR ROOMS are four vignettes that take place in California at the Hotel Mon Signor. Their common thread is a frenetic bellboy named Ted (Tom Roth). Things start out weird with a coven of witches trying to reverse an evil spell cast on their leader, Diana. They must concoct a potion which includes something Ted can furnish. Next, the bellboy stumbles into the midst of a domestic squabble where the husband has the wife tied up and thinks Ted is her boyfriend. Ted wriggles his way out of this situation only to find himself babysitting for two precocious kids. They set the room on fire and discover a dead woman hidden in the mattress of their bed. Ted tries to quit his job, but is talked into taking champagne to one final room, the Penthouse. A sleazy movie producer (Quentin Tarrantino) and a friend have made a bet that the friend's Zippo lighter cannot light ten times consecutively. If it does, the producer will give his friend a car. If it does not, the producer gets to cut off one of his friend's fingers and wants Ted to do it. Rarely funny, Four Rooms is just a disgusting look at the lengths bored people will go to entertain themselves.

If the uneven quality of the plot does not dissuade you from seeing Four Rooms, perhaps the 100+ f-words will. The foul language rivals that of the most atrocious of 1995. Also, full breast nudity is almost flaunted in the witches' scene, and several of the witches are avowed lesbians exchanging homosexual remarks. Sex is implied once when Ted agrees to donate sperm for their potion by having sex with one of the witches. Also, the scene about the domestic squabble contains some homosexual references and even one homosexual kiss. Many references to male genitals are included in the final scene. Promoted as a comedy, the film includes a distasteful incident of two young children finding a corpse, obviously that of a prostitute, hidden in the spring mattress of their bed. Finally, the wager over the car and the finger is quickly resolved when Ted decisively cuts off a man's finger for one thousand dollars. The violence, nudity, homosexual and sexual situations reflect the moviemakers' sick sense of humor. FOUR ROOMS should be condemned as an unsafe structure.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Miramax Films 18 E. 48th St., New York, NY 10017

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 (21) times - Mild 3, Moderate 18

Obscene Language: Many (173) times - F-word 125, s-word 25, others 23

Profanity: Many (18) times - Regular 8 (G-d, JC), Exclamatory 10

Violence: Few times - Moderate (small child slapped twice, a gun threat, finger cut off)

Sex: Implied once

Nudity: Many times (prolonged female breast nudity several times, obscured rear female nudity once)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to male genitals)

Drugs: Children drinking champagne and smoking; men drunk


Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Adults

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