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Boys on the Side | 1995 | R | - 5.4.7

Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker and Drew Barrymore star as three unlikely friends who share all of life's ups and downs.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Men's buttocks are exposed several times as well as a woman's breasts. A few scenes of sex including passionate kissing, rolling around and groping; moans and thumping sounds are heard. Some talk of sex, but usually in a frank, non-titillating manner.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - There is one extended and intense scene of violence where a man beats up on two women, throwing them into furniture, slamming them against walls, and slapping them, resulting in bloody faces. A man is pounded on the head with a baseball bat, and tied to a chair. A man dies when he falls and his head hits the floor.

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LANGUAGE 7 - A couple of dozen F-words, three scatological terms, a few mild obscenities, and some sexual references (including slang terms for the female anatomy).

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, AIDS, illegitimacy, domestic violence, lesbianism, loneliness, prison, friendship, war between the sexes.
MESSAGE - Friendships between women are very special and friendship can last a lifetime.
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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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