Plunkett and Macleane

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

James Macleane (Jonny Lee Miller), a member of English upper middle class in 1748, is imprisoned for drinking and gambling debts. An accident caused by Will Plunkett (Robert Carlyle), an apothacary turned thief, frees Macleane, but they both end up imprisoned later. Plunkett sees the lucrative possibilities of Macleanes social connections and proposes a partnership. Acting as Macleanes servant, Plunkett teaches him to rob from the rich as the Gentleman Highwayman. Through their adventures, Macleane meets Lady Rebecca Gibson (Liv Tyler), the rebellious daughter of the Lord Chief Justice. But robbing from the Chief Justice also sets Thief-taker General Chance (Ken Stott) on their trail. This swashbuckling adventure will attract the action crowd but it lacks the enjoyable character interplay of other buddy films.

The highwayman is often a romantic figure in English literature and the characters in this film are drawn from real, historical highwaymen. However, they are far from romantically presented. Reflective of the violent times, one scene includes a graphic hanging. Personal hygiene is almost non-existent and one graphic sex encounter results in a sexually transmitted disease. Another graphic sex scene takes place in prison with other prisoners watching and placing bets on stamina. Yet another scene takes place in a bordello. No nudity occurs, but women in the bordello are seen in period underwear and ball gowns which emphasize cleavage. Blending present and past styles, foul language includes 21 f-words which were almost unknown in 1748, along with many moderate crudities and regular profanity. Two songs on the soundtrack repeatedly use the words hell and whore. Although hes seen using prostitutes and saditically torturing thieves, Chance always carries a Bible and, when it stops a bullet, thanks God. Gambling, drunkenness and general debauchery seem to be the pastime pursuits of the upper class. And as is often the case, the law-breakers are presented as better than the authorities. PLUNKETT AND MACLEANE hangs itself with foul language, immoral characters and objectionable acts.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
USA Films/Gramercy Pictures, 9247 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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 (12+) times - Mild 2, Moderate 10, plus two songs feature crude words

Obscene Language: Many (26) times - F-word 21, s-word 4, other 1

Profanity: Many (11) times - Regular (G 7, JC 2, J 1, Csake 1)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (hits, kicks, shootings - some graphic, man gouges eye out, hanging bodies, man hanged)

Sex: Graphic twice - no nudity, implied once in bordello

Nudity: None; Near Nudity - women in underwear, dresses emphasize cleavage

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Various comments about sexual activity with either gender, voyeurs bet on sexual stamina, scene takes place in bordello

Drugs: Alcohol, pipe smoking

Other: Man referes to getting pox (venereal disease), bad man carries Bible

Running Time: 102 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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