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Shadows and Fog | 1992 | PG-13 | - 2.5.2

Woody Allen's trademark themes -- sex, death, anxiety -- reappear in his latest film, where he plays a Franz Kafka character done for laughs. Mia Farrow co-stars as a sword-swallower.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - None on-screen. An off-camera affair in a brothel between Mia Farrow and John Cusack, and another bedroom scene in which after-sex discussion takes place between Allen and Jodie Foster, who plays a prostitute. Some sex discussion among the prostitutes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Several bodies are discovered, but all is done discreetly. A couple of piano wire stranglings occur on-screen. Nothing too graphic. In an autopsy room, some spare body parts are waved around by a doctor.


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LANGUAGE 2 - Fairly mild. There is some descriptive "shop talk" about sex in the brothel.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Prostitution, murder, vigilantism.

MESSAGE - It's all about existential angst and such-nothing that will resonate with kids.

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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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