MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid), a family man and fireman in Queens, New York, dies fighting a warehouse fire. He leaves behind an attractive wife, Julia (Elizabeth Mitchell), and a young son, John (Daniel Henson), who grows up to be a policeman (Jim Caviezel). Playing with his ham radio one night during a freak electrical storm, John accidentally hears his father, whos apparently alive in a parallel universe. Since his father is still alive in another dimension, John tells him how to avoid being killed in an upcoming fire, which occurred in Johns universe in his past. As they have more conversations over time, this strange and puzzling condition brings on a whole string of fast moving, exciting happenings, including Johns efforts to prevent the murder of his mother and some other women. Audiences will find it challenging to follow the complex events which take place simultaneously in two different universes. But, tense action and the caring relationships in the Sullivan family make Frequency an exceptional movie going experience.

Some very intense scenes develop as Frank tries to make his way through a burning building, and later when John attempts to protect his mother and several nurses from a serial killer. These involve fierce hand to hand fighting, chases and shooting, but none of the violence is gratuitous or excessive. However, some views of bloody victims are shown and a mans hand is shot off in one encounter. Interestingly enough, based on the latest scientific concepts of multi-universes and time travel, the communication between John and his father does not appear to be an occultic contact with the spirit of a deceased person, since both men are alive. Primarily a science fiction fantasy, it could, however, raise some theological questions. Frank, Julia and John share a loving family relationship which is inspiring and moving. The only serious flaw is the use of many mild and moderate crude words, as well as a number of obscenities and profanities. Frequency would be reasonably good entertainment for older teens and adults if foul language had been curtailed.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
New Line Cinema, 888 7th Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10106

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 16, moderate 6

Obscene Language: Several (8) times S-word 7, other 1

Profanity: Several (7) times Regular (GD 2, J 4, other 1)

Violence: Several times - Moderate, few times severe (Truck explodes, endangered fire fighters, intense hand fights, chase and shooting threats, fighting underwater, shooting, mans hand shot, views of bloody murder victims, electric shock)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity - Female performers in skimpy costumes

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Female performers in bar dance sensually

Drugs: Several times - Beer and whiskey drinking at bars and parties

Other: Men in parallel universes communicate, not contact with spirits of dead

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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