28 Days

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Sandra Bullock stars in this realistic look into the life and rehabilitation of an alcoholic party girl. Gwen Cummings, a successful New York writer lives life in the fast lane, moving from one dance club and bar to the next with her boyfriend. But drunken behavior at her sisters wedding, and a stolen limo earn Gwen 28 days of court appointed rehabilitation. Chafing under the strict rules of the clinic and determined not to conform, Gwen finally faces the reality that her life is out of control. With the help of understanding counselors and a group of unique fellow rehabbers, Gwen begins the struggle to reclaim control. A humorous but realistic look at the effects of drugs, particularly alcohol, on both users and those around them, 28 Days should draw healthy audiences.

In keeping with the theme of drug abuse and recovery, many scenes of alcohol abuse and drunken behavior cross the screen, but drug use is not condoned. The members of the clinic are tough but caring and group sessions often chant God affirming cheers. Even the Serenity Prayer receives screen time. Gwen comes to realize the affects her drinking has had on people and her life. She also realizes that she is repeating the behavior of her alcoholic mother. The clinic patients form a bond of friendship and support for one another. Unfortunately, some scenes and conversations are strongly sexually suggestive, including brief gratuitous nudity. One patient is a male stripper and homosexual tendencies are inferred but no overt scenes are shown. Gutter language is used moderately, but profanities turn up frequently. Despite the strong messages about needing help and communication to repair the destructive affects of drug abuse, sexual content and foul language spoil 28 Days.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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 7, moderate 14

Obscene Language: Many (15) times - F-word 1, s-word 6, other 7, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Many (30) times - Regular 9 (GD 1, G 5, J 2, Honest to G); exclamatory 21 (OG 9, OMG 9, My Lord 1, MG, Dear G)

Violence: Few times Moderate (car runs into house, fall injures leg, punch, cut on leg)

Sex: Implied few times (unmarried couples in room dressing/ elevator with female rear nudity/ bed twice)

Nudity: Once (female rear); Near nudity - Few times (obscured nudity in shower, woman in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (sensual kissing, reference to adulterous affair, man caresses woman, suggestive comment about baseballs, man refers to his package, reference to circumcision, joke about condom use, humorous reference about plant care leading to sex)

Drugs: Many times - major theme, alcohol, cigarettes, prescription pills, overdose victim, drug paraphernalia

Other: Freakin used as substitute for f-word few times, vomiting, diseased liver picture, group chants supportive religious phrases, serenity prayer recited, need for help/ change recognized

Running Time: 103 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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