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Needful Things | 1993 | R | - 3.6.5

Based on a Stephen King novel about Satan, who shows up in a small Maine town and wreaks havoc by selling to every resident exactly what he or she needs.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - There are two brief sex scenes with some kissing, while the woman is shown in her underwear. Some cleavage, and a shot of a phallic objet d'art.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two women have a fight, with a knife and a cleaver. They eventually fall off a roof and both die. A couple of punching and kicking fights, a number of explosions, and several people are shot. A teenager attempts suicide by shooting himself in the head, but nothing is shown. There is also a scene of the bloody, skeletal remains of a skinned dog.

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LANGUAGE 5 - The F-word is used several times, as well as scatological terms and anatomically explicit language.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, striking bargains with Satan. The supernatural and free will.
MESSAGE - If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
CAVEATS

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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