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Kalifornia | 1993 | R | - 6.10.5

Brad Pitt stars as a killer who, with girlfriend Juliette Lewis, joins a graduate student and his girlfriend for a trip to California.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Two sex scenes: we don't see much in either, apart from a lot of writhing and moaning. Both sex scenes are, however, somewhat violent. We see several topless women and male and female naked posteriors (real and in photographs).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - This film is relentlessly violent. There is a very disturbing rape scene, with a woman hand-cuffed to a bed. We don't see the actual attack, only the bloody result. There are a lot of gun fights and fist fights; people are hit with bottles, knocked out with shovels, killed with golf clubs, large rocks, hammers, shards of glass, and even a large cactus. Many people are killed and a lot of blood is shown. Other violent material includes an ongoing discussion about various gruesome murders, related in vivid detail. In one scene, a character plays a tape of a woman being killed.


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LANGUAGE 5 - The F-word is used about six times, along with scatological terms and some profane name calling.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Serial murder, with motivations as diverse as doing it just for kicks and robbery. Rape, kidnapping, abuse, voyeurism, pre-marital sex.

MESSAGE - We are all capable of murder, and the only difference between a crazed murderer and a "normal" person is the capacity to feel remorse.

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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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