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The Musketeer | 2001 | PG-13 | - 3.6.2

In this 13th retelling of the Alexandre Dumas classic Justin Chambers stars as D'Artagnan, Hong Kong action choreographer Xin Xin Xiong designed the film's acrobatic fight sequences, Mena Suvari provides the romantic interest, Catherine Deneuve shows up as the Queen of France, and Tim Roth is a bad guy. Also with Stephen Rea, Joachim Paul Assböck and Jean-Pierre Castaldi. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Several sexual references and innuendo, in a couple of instances concerning prostitutes and a man's anatomy, and some flirting banter. Also some cleavage and a couple of kisses. A fully clothed couple kiss as they're lying down together, with the man on top. We see a woman taking a bath; she's sitting in a bathtub with her back to the camera. A man is looking at her through cracks in the ceiling, but no nudity is evident. Then a man drops through the ceiling and she covers her chest with her arms. Then she rises quickly and wraps herself in a towel. An uncle tries to sexually impose himself on his young niece; she pulls her clothes up looking for a hidden knife that she uses to stop his advances by threatening his private parts. A nude young man stands in front of a young woman and she looks at him; they flirt but nothing else happens and no nudity is evident. A man takes his clothes off (we don't see anything) and goes for a swim.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - There are several sword fights, most with acrobatic jumps over furniture and fittings, ladders, up and around walls, etc. In most cases there's no gore and little blood. Several fights involve knives and spears and tree branches, as well as punching and kicking; during one fight a man knocks out two men by punching them. Many men fall down or fly through the air during fights. One man is knocked down by a tree branch while being involved in a fight on top of a moving horse-drawn carriage. Another man falls under the carriage but he manages to get up uninjured. A man is stabbed, several men are shot dead and some are run through by swords (with very little blood). A woman is shot in the chest. A man attacks a family, kicking a young boy and killing the father and mother. The young boy strikes the man's face. A man is shown on fire after being doused with alcohol. A man slaps a young woman a couple of times. A man attacks other men with a flaming sword. A woman pulls a knife and threatens her uncle with cutting off his private parts. A woman hits a man's face with a knife (we briefly see a bloody scratch). A man threatens a little girl by putting a knife to her throat (nothing else happens). A couple of bridges explode and cannons shoot at men on horses, knocking several down. Some threatening with guns.

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LANGUAGE 2 - A couple of religious exclamations and one religious profanity, a couple of anatomical terms and a few insults.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adapting literary classics for the screen, revenge, political machinations. monarchy.
MESSAGE - Revenge is a dish best served cold.
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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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