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Matinee | 1993 | PG | - 1.2.1

John Goodman stars as a producer of schlock "B" horror movies, who comes to Key West, Florida for a personal appearance. But, it's the time of the Cuban Missile crisis which contains the real horror of atomic warfare.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - There are a couple of scenes of teenage couples necking. There is no nudity, other than some cleavage here and there.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 -The only real violence has to do with a small-time hood: he first threatens a boy, then tries to steal a wallet, gets caught and thrown against a wall, and eventually robs Goodman and kidnaps a girl at knife point. Her date tries to save her, and ends up getting punched and knocked out. What other violence there is consists of stock footage of atomic explosions, and scenes from silly B-movies with mutated creatures attacking mainly women and tall buildings, with only one scene containing gore: a giant ant bites a man and we see his bloody neck (in black & white). One scene of a theater balcony collapsing -- a young boy almost goes down with it -- may be scary, especially if you're sitting in the balcony. Two teens get stuck in a bomb shelter and there's the threat of running out of air.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Some name calling, also some anatomical references and a few mild four letter words.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Cuban missile crisis and the cold war, mutation, procreation.

MESSAGE - Life is basically good and there's always hope, especially if you hold onto a child-like curiosity.

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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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