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Happy, Texas | 1999 | PG-13 | - 3.4.5

Jeremy Northam and Steve Zahn play escaped convicts mistaken for gay beauty pageant consultants in this comedy. Also with Ally Walker, Illeana Douglas, William H. Macy, M.C. Gainey, Ron Perlman, Paul Dooley, Mo Gaffney, Jillian Berard and Scarlett Pomers. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Several instances of sexual innuendo and a passionate kiss. A man and woman kiss passionately, undress each other (we briefly see her bra and his bare chest) and presumably have intercourse (we only see a table shaking and see his bare chest as he briefly pops up from the floor and leans on the table); in a later scene she is admiring tattoos on his bare chest and reaches into the front of his pants, then we see them briefly kissing passionately before the scene ends. Men look at a picture of a pageant contestant wearing a bikini. A woman wears a cleavage-revealing top.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Often played for laughs. A man is shot in the shoulder; we see blood on his shirt and hand and later see him with a large bandage covering his shoulder. Men punch each other a couple of times, a girl punches a man, and a girl pushes a boy to the ground and punches him a few times before a man picks both of them up and carries them outside; also, a man chokes another briefly, a man headbutts another, two men scuffle, a man hits another over the head with a dead armadillo (the man has some bloody goo on this head), a little girl puts a flaming baton on a man's crotch, a woman slaps a man, a man grabs a woman and jumps through a first-floor window (we see them falling to the ground, but neither are injured), a man grabs another by the hair and holds him against a wall, a man holds a woman and puts his hand over her mouth, a man picks up a little girl and threatens other people with a gun, and a man picks up a little boy, verbally threatens him and then drops him on the ground. A man is knocked to the ground after he shoots a gun (he was trying to hit a rabbit). Some threatening with guns; in a couple of scenes gunfire is exchanged and windows are shot out. A man shoots a gun a few times and apparently hits some rabbits (we never see the animals). A little reckless driving; in one scene a van swerves to avoid hitting an armadillo, skids along the road and ends up on its roof (no one appears to be injured). A man has a bruised mouth and another has a small cut on his lip. We see a man sitting on a toilet (a magazine covers his crotch).


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LANGUAGE 5 - Two F-words, a couple of anatomical references and some slang terms, a couple of scatological references, many mild obscenities and an insult.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Escaped convicts, mistaken identity, homosexuality, falling in love, deception, beauty pageants.

MESSAGE - Falling in love and developing a sense of responsibility can make a criminal change his ways.

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