I Dreamed Of Africa

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1

A divorced, wealthy American socialite living in Italy becomes one of Africa's most ardent advocates to save that country's natural treasures. This autobiographical story by Kuki Gallman (Kim Basinger) begins with her falling in love with Paolo Gallman (Vincent Perez) in Italy. As a young girl, Kuki's father told her wonderful stories about Africa, where Paolo grew up. They marry, and along with her young son, leave a life of luxury to begin a new life on a rustic, neglected ranch in Kenya that Paolo inherits. Soon Kuki realizes that Paolo prefers hunting and fishing with friends to helping with the ranch. So, she becomes fluent in Swahili, fights poachers, digs a water hole for a nearby village, and transforms the ranch into a beautiful, restful haven. Eventually, she even wins over her snobbish mother (Eva Marie Saint). I DREAMED OF AFRICA has very little plot, although there are tense moments and even some tragedies, but this is no OUT OF AFRICA. The film is best appreciated by older teenagers and adults as the love story of a woman for her adopted country.

While Kuki and Paolo's marriage rides some bumpy roads, they never stray off the path. Both are committed to their family and learn to accept each other's flaws. The PG-13 rating is obviously based on a love scene between the married couple that includes brief rear male nudity and side breast nudity. Paolo is a loving father to Kuki's son, Emanuele (Liam Aiken), who idolizes him. Emanuele's weakness proves to be a fascination with snakes, which he collects and keeps in a shed near the house. A lion attacking the family dog, Kuki and her mother lost in the jungle, and animal victims of poachers provide some tense moments and gory views. Also, Paolo ambushed and severely beaten by angry poachers and a boy slowly dying from snakebite are difficult to watch. At two funerals, there are no references to God, but to the souls of the dead returning to nature in New Age mumbo-jumbo. Refreshingly, only a few crude words mar the dialogue. I DREAMED OF AFRICA's gorgeous panoramic views of African scenery underscore the importance of protecting God's amazing creation.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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Crude Language: Several (6) times - Mild 4, Moderate 2

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times - Moderate and severe (car wreck with mangled bodies and bloody injuries, lion attacks dog, corpses of slaughtered wild animals, fatal snake bite, man severely beaten, dust storm wrecks buildings)

Sex: Once (married couple with brief nudity)

Nudity: Once (rear male and side female breast in sex scene)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking and smoking

Other: Message of conserving wild life; strong family ties; New Age eulogies at funerals

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teenagers and adults

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