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Basic Instinct 2 | 2006 | R | - 9.7.6

Sharon Stone reprises her role as a best-selling crime novelist who may also be a serial killer who uses sex as a lure. Since the first film, she has relocated from San Francisco to London and she becomes the patient of a straitlaced criminal psychiatrist, who's assigned to her by a Scotland Yard detective who thinks she has killed a sports star. Then more people turn up dead. Also with David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis and Hugh Dancy. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A man and a woman have sex: we see her bare breasts and buttocks and his bare chest and buttocks, he thrusts, then turns her over on her hands and knees and thrusts from behind while looking at the photo of another woman on a book jacket (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman walks along a street where there are signs for sex shops and prostitutes proposition people, and she approaches a man, offers him money, and they go into a building where they have sex along with many other people who are also having sex (bare breasts and buttocks are visible, as well as people thrusting in various positions and moaning); a man follows them, opens a door where he sees people having S&M sex, and he then watches the orgy through a skylight.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, and they have sex: we see them nude (her bare breasts and buttocks are visible, and his bare chest and buttocks are visible), she wraps a belt around his neck, he gasps, they continue to have sex, and they moan and climax.
 A woman wears a robe that hangs open in the front revealing her pubic region briefly; she drops the robe and climbs into a hot tub while a man watches her (her bare breasts are clearly visible for an extended time).
 A woman drives a car very fast, the man in the car with her appears to be drugged, she takes his hand, licks his finger and pushes his hand in her lap (we see her bare thighs) and makes herself climax (while continuing to drive very fast).
 A woman raises her skirt (her bare thighs are seen briefly), straddles a chair and begins to ask a man how he imagines having sex with her, offering a few descriptive suggestions.
 A nude dead man (we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs, while other areas are covered by pillows) lies in a bed (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A dead man lies on a floor with his pants down and his bare buttocks exposed. A painting depicts a nude dead woman (we see her bare breasts and pubic region).
 A woman wears a sheer blouse that allows her nipples to be seen and the buttons at the bottom are open revealing her bare abdomen. A woman wears black lace panties and sits with her legs spread apart. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and bare back. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses in many scenes that reveal cleavage, and a woman wears an off-the-shoulder dress. A large photograph of a woman's underwear-covered buttocks hangs in a public restroom. A man walks through a hallway where prostitutes are lined up wearing bras and skirts that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens.
 A man and a woman kiss while she is driving a car very fast. A woman kisses a man. We see a photograph of two women kissing passionately.
 A woman asks her male therapist, "Is this where we're gonna do it?" We hear that two women are lovers and that two women share the same male lover. A woman talks about having sex with a man all night and that they, "did everything to each other." A woman talks about having sex with a man in his car. A woman tells two men that she was having sex with a man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman is found in a public restroom with her throat slit, she whimpers, blood pours from the gaping wound and pools under her on the floor, and we hear later that she is in a coma.
 A man is shot twice in the chest, blood spurts and he falls back against a wall where he dies. We see several murders in quick succession: a man is strangled then tied with a belt around the throat, a woman's throat is slashed, another man is strangled and a man is shot.
 A woman drives a car very fast and crashes through a barrier, off a bridge and into water; she frees herself but the passenger is unable to get out of his safety belt and is left to drown.
 A man attacks a woman forcing her under water and nearly drowning her. A man hits a woman in the face. A man shoves a woman who falls and hits her head on a desk (we see a gash on her forehead). A man lunges for a woman, and she holds a gun to his chin. A man grabs a woman's hair and pulls her head back violently while they are having sex. A man grabs a woman and pushes her through a doorway.
 A dead man lies in a bed with a strap around his throat, which is attached to the headboard of the bed. A dead man lies on a floor with a belt around his neck.
 A man punches a man. A man is forced to the floor and handcuffed by police and he yells and struggles.
 We hear about a man who had beaten his pregnant girlfriend to death using a brick. A woman talks about a crime scene and that she could smell the blood.
 A man breaks up things in his house in anger. A painting depicts death standing over a dead woman and the caption reads, "I smell blood."


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LANGUAGE 6 - 19 F-words, 25 sexual references, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, 9 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman smokes marijuana in a couple of scenes. People drink alcohol at a party, people drink alcohol at a bar, and a man drinks alcohol. A man smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol, and people smoke cigarettes in many scenes. We are told that there were traces of curare in a man's blood, and that would have paralyzed his lungs. A man appears to be drugged and he says, "I can't move."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Seduction, manipulation, murder, serial murder, violence, divorce, boredom, taking risks, Oedipus, S&M sex, assault, orgies, thought crimes, control issues, mental illness, risk addiction, fantasy, homosexuality, bi-sexuality, jealousy, insanity, trust, rules, doctor/patient confidentiality, pathological lying, basic instincts, narcissism.

MESSAGE - Trust is hard to build and easy to break.

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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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