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American Me | 1992 | R | - 8.9.6

Edward James Olmos stars in and directed this Horatio Alger story gone bad about drugs, prison life and gang wars.

SEX/NUDITY 8 - While there's no nudity, there are graphic scenes of homosexual rape taking place in prison. There is one lovemaking scene which is intercut with a homosexual rape/killing.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - There's extreme violence, though the worst of it is kept -- just -- off screen. Some very violent murders - one group murder committed by forced cocaine overdose, and one man is raped and killed in a particularly unpleasant fashion, with a large knife through a very sensitive area of the anatomy. The camera doesn't linger on the worst moments, but the images do come through loud and clear.

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LANGUAGE 6 - Profanity is heavy and frequent. Lots of instances of the F-word and other four-letter words.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Homosexuality, rape, organized crime, drug trafficking and street gangs, are issues which saturate the film.
MESSAGE - The implied message is that through education one may avoid a wasted life of crime.
CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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