To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

In a perfect summer setting on an island off the New England coast, teenager Rachel Lewis (Claire Danes) joins her father, David (Peter Gallagher). He embarrasses Rachel in front of her friends because he acts so silly clowning around, but spends his nights walking the beach. This weekend happens to be the second anniversary of the tragic death of Rachel's mother and David's beloved wife, Gillian (Michelle Pfeiffer). Gillian's sister, Esther (Kathy Baker) and her husband, Paul (Bruce Allman), join Rachel and David on the island. Esther, a psychologist, chastises David for his refusal to resume a normal life. She even brings a divorcee along as a blind date for David, who is furious at his sister-in-law. Needless to say, tension hangs heavy over the group. David withdraws to the safety of fantasizing conversations with Gillian, as Esther plans to go to court for custody of Rachel. Paul indulges in flirting with Rachel's teenage friend Cindy (Laurie Fortier), while Rachel is torn between loyalty to her father and her well-meaning aunt. The film's odd mix of comic banter, poignant moments and unrealistic situations will probably appeal mostly to teenage girls.

David eventually concedes that his conversations with Gillian are products of his imagination and not supernatural encounters. This unhealthy escape from reality blocks out any awareness of Rachel's feelings. The film has quite a bit of sexually suggestive dialogue, the most graphic coming from teenager Cindy. She makes crude comments to Paul, who openly gawks at her low-cut dresses and thong bikini bathing suit. In one scene she taunts him, daring him to kiss her. He manages, however, to keep his control. Cindy's brazen behavior includes convincing Rachel to wear a thong bathing suit and instructing her on how to tease men. The two girls are shown strutting down the beach before a crowd of gaping men. Several obscenities and a few regular profanities add to the film's offensive content. Violence is limited to Rachel's nightmare where she is hit by a car, and there are no sex scenes. Still, the regular profanities and obscenities, plus the suggestive conversations and behavior earn TO GILLIAN a negative acceptability rating

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Triumph Films, 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: Few (2) times - Mild 1, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Several (7) times - S-word 4, f-word 3

Profanity: Several (6) times - Regular 4 (God's sake 1, Jeez 1, GD 2)

Violence: Once - Moderate (nightmare scene of girl hit by car)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once (prolonged scene of girls' rear nudity in thong bathing suits); Near nudity (low-cut bathing suits, dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (girl tantalizes older man, talks about teasing men, makes crude remarks; adults make references to sex)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol drinking; teenagers drink at party, girl gets drunk)

Other: Man fantasizes about talking to dead wife

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Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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