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Bowfinger | 1999 | PG-13 | - 4.3.5

A desperate director and his group of hopeful actors trick a big-name action star into playing a role in their low-budget flick "Chubby Rain." With Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Terence Stamp, Adam Alexi-Malle, Alfred De Contreras, Robert Downey Jr., Ramiro Fabian, Jamie Kennedy, Barry Newman, Marisol Nichols, Alejandro Patino, Johnny Sanchez and Kohl Sudduth. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including a reference to erections and a mild reference to lesbianism) and several kisses, some passionate. It's implied that a woman has sex with a few people; in one scene we see her kissing a man passionately and placing his hand on her cleavage, then we see them both nude, from the shoulders up, in a passionate embrace. During a movie shoot, a woman takes off her shirt in front of a man (we see her bare back only) and he obviously ogles her breasts. A man stares at a group of scantily clad, dancing "Laker Girls." A man tells another not to expose himself to women; later, we see him open his trench coat in front of a group of women (we only see him from the back). We see the backsides of four men in their underwear and several women in cleavage-revealing tops.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Mostly played for laughs: During a movie shoot, a man pretends he's been shot and smears what looks like a tomato on his chest and face, milkshake-like goo oozes from a man's cheeks and forehead and his arm falls off, and a woman pretends to kill another (she emerges from behind a building holding an obviously fake head with bloody tendons hanging from the bottom). In a movie, we see a very fake kung-fu action scene during which people are punched, flipped and thrown; we also see a woman's arms chained above her head. A man is thrown out of a car, another is thrown out of a house and another is pulled into some bushes. Some reckless driving; a man is forced to run across a busy freeway twice (he nearly gets hit several times). A man shoots a drum set and several people are shot at, but no one is hit. A man puts a rubber band around a sleeping dog's spread legs to keep them closed. Some verbal threatening and threatening with guns and knives. Twice, a burst of flames in a fireplace nearly burns a man.


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LANGUAGE 5 - One F-word, several anatomical and scatological references, several mild obscenities and several insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hollywood, movie production, deception, blackmail, cults, Mexican illegal aliens.

MESSAGE - Being deceptive is a sleazy but effective way to get what you want.

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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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