Play It To The Bone

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -4

American movie humor sinks to new depths in this crude, but comical story about two professional boxers, hilariously portrayed by Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas. Vince and Cesar are close friends, but promoters will pay handsomely if they meet each other in the ring for an important championship battle. But they only have one day to travel to Las Vegas for the fight. They persuade Grace (Lolita Davidovich), Cesars current and Vinces former lover, to drive them. Along the way, they tease, argue, harass, and share secrets as close friends often do. A sexy, young hitchhiker (Lucy Liu) adds further excitement to their adventure. But when the two men launch their brutal, bloody battle in the ring, they seem determined to annihilate each other. Unfortunately, this painfully vulgar, but humorous film will probably appeal greatly to young adults.

If the incessant use of F- and S-words and profanity were deleted from the dialogue, there would be little conversation remaining. In one incident, the f-word is repeated 17 times in a row. And conversations among the three friends are dominated by crude discussions of both conventional sex and homosexual activities. Sexual content intensifies when the young hitchhiker is seen having torrid, graphic sex with one of the boxers. The interminable bloody battle between the boxers is very graphic and difficult to endure. A bizarre religious element is added as Vince openly professes to be a Christian and sees visions of Jesus, but freely indulges in obscenities and promiscuous sex. This portrays Christians unfavorably but tends to be realistic, as many Christians do not live up to their commitment, including Christians who frequently attend degenerate films. Vulgar language, sexual content and graphic violence add up to an unbearably offensive film.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista Distribution (Disney), 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

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 (22) times - Mild 6, moderate 16

Obscene Language: Many (82) times - F -word 60, s-word 12, other 10

Profanity: Many(15) times - Regular 14 (GD 7, JC/C 6, Christ's sake 1), exclamatory 1 ( Oh My God).

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (Bloody accident victim shown, man strikes woman, woman strikes woman, prolonged brutal, bloody boxing bout)

Sex: Once, prolonged graphic scene, but no nudity; Implied few times (man in bed with prostitutes, unconventional sex )

Nudity: Several times (brief female breast nudity); Near Nudity - Many times (women in scanty outfits, prostitutes in bed, low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - Graphic (Crude discussions of conventional sex and homosexual activities and genitals, women simulate sex)

Drugs: Few times (Man under influence of drugs, drinking at cocktail party)

Other: Boxer openly professes to be Christian, but indulges in obscenities and promiscuous sex, Christian boxer has visions of Jesus, prays, objects to profanity, says Jesus is son of God, has Bible verses on boxing robe

Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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