Time Code

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3

This film represents a new technological era in film-making more than any stellar plot or acting. Director Mike Figgis, shot the entire movie on digital cameras which, unlike film cameras, can record for long time periods. Thus the film was shot in real time, which means the cameras kept rolling for the films 93 minutes without stopping. Many of the lines and scenes were improvised by the actors around a loosely devised plot and included 4-5 earthquake aftershocks that occurred during filming. In another unique move, four camera scenes are displayed during the whole movie to follow and show different character views, the sound fades from screen to screen to emphasize a certain scene. The basic story revolves around a film producer and his companys new production. Salma Hayek plays Rose, a hopeful actress whos having an affair with the producer. But her jealous, current lover Lauren, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, suspects the affair and arranges to eavesdrop on Rose as she goes for a rendevous under the guise of auditions for the new film. The film is more likely to draw curious film fans rather than major crowds. The four simultaneous screens, while unique, add to the viewers confusion.

Aside from the technical uniqueness, TIME CODE represents many degenerate factors in the film industry. Although married, the film producer is referred to as having adulterous affairs in the past. And hes shown in a graphic sexual encounter with Rose, although nudity is avoided. Homosexual activity, particularly lesbian relationships, are also highlighted as Rose and Lauren kiss passionately. The producers wife is also seen kissing another actress but leaves when group sex is discussed. Drugs also seem to be pervasive as several characters share marijuana or cocaine use. Although violence is minimized, a non-graphic shooting leads to blood seeping across the floor. And despite multiple cell phones, no one seems to know how to dial 911. The victim even pauses to answer his cell phone before dying. Even in a largely improvised script, foul language occurs frequently as if it use is expected. TIME CODE loses without a moral code.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Screen Gems/Sony 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 (11) times Mild 1, moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (28) times F-word 19, s-word 7, other 2

Profanity: Many (14) times Regular 7 (GD, JC, J 2, G 2, Swear to G), exclamatory 7 (OMG 5, OG 2)

Violence: Few times mild and moderate (men tussle, pushing, punching, gun threat, shooting not graphic, blood flows on floor)

Sex: Once graphic (adulterous couple - no nudity)

Nudity: None; Near nudity low cut blouse

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times reference outbreak of STD on movie set, sexual dialogue/simulation for audition, couple discuss sensual ideas for vacation, man puts hands on womans clothed breast, sexual sounds in film screening, comment about group sex

Drugs: Many times marijuana smoked, cocaine sniffed several times, cigarettes, alcohol, reference to past drug use

Other: Audition film has crude title discussed few times, bathroom sounds

Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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