Family Movie Guide
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PLOT Trying to get his hands on an antique owned by the Brady family, an unscrupulous man pretends to be Mrs. Brady's long-lost husband and moves into the household.Skip to next paragraph
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MESSAGE Family loyalty can overcome challenges even when the family members are generally oblivious to reality.
SEX A large amount of sexual innuendo.
VIOLENCE Some action that leans toward violence such as punching out the villain and accidentally knocking someone out.
PROFANITY Some vulgar expressions.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL A comic scene involving hallucinogenic mushrooms.
AMERICAN BUFFALO [R]
* Directed by Michael Corrente. With Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson. Running time: 88 minutes.
PLOT A junk-shop owner and a small-time hoodlum plan to rob a coin collector with help from a youngster in their neighborhood.
MESSAGE Talk is cheap, and immoral behavior brings bitter rewards.
SEX, DRUGS/ALCOHOL None.
VIOLENCE One character injures another by hitting him with a telephone.
PROFANITY Extremely foul language.
LAST MAN STANDING [R]
* Directed by Walter Hill. With Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, Christopher Walken. Running time: 102 minutes.
PLOT A stranger in a Texas town gets involved in a fight between two rival bootlegging gangs.
MESSAGE Life is full of danger and betrayal, and violence is the convenient solution.
SEX Brief but explicit.
VIOLENCE Frequent outbursts of extremely graphic and bloody mayhem.
PROFANITY Constant foul language.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Much rowdy drinking.
A TIME TO KILL [R]
* Directed by Joel Schumacher. With Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, Donald Sutherland. Running time: 128 minutes. ***
PLOT A white attorney defends a black worker on trial in a Mississippi town for killing the men who abducted and raped his young daughter.
MESSAGE The evils of racism are powerful and prevalent in the South, and personal vengeance is justified when an awful crime may not be properly punished by the law.
SEX Horrifying rape scene of a 10-year-old is implied but not pictured directly. It is later described in a courtroom.
VIOLENCE Two shooting scenes; two beatings; several cross burnings, including a house burned to the ground; one man set on fire during a protest.
PROFANITY A few instances.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Two secondary characters are alcoholics. Drinking scenes are innumerable. Rape carried out by two beer guzzlers.
TIN CUP [R]
* Directed by Ron Shelton. With Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin. Running time: 110 minutes. ***
PLOT A talented golfer with a discipline problem decides to enter a major tournament to woo a psychologist he's fallen in love with and squelch her conceited boyfriend.
MESSAGE If you stay true to your aspirations you can win moral victories even if complete success remains elusive.
SEX An explicit bedroom scene and nudity in a strip-club scene.
VIOLENCE Some fighting.
PROFANITY Many four-letter words.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Much drinking.
THE TRIGGER EFFECT [R]
* Directed by David Koepp. With Kyle MacLachlan, Elisabeth Shue, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Rooker. Running time: 93 minutes. **
PLOT Power and telephone lines go haywire and so do the people caught in the disaster, fleeing town or barricading themselves in their homes and buying guns to shoot anyone who seems too threatening.
MESSAGE People may revert to barbarity when plunged into unstable or threatening circumstances.
SEX Heavy innuendo and seductive behavior.
VIOLENCE Implied violence and scenes of widespread social disorder. Handful of scenes with fighting, shooting, and killing.
PROFANITY Much foul language.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Heavy drinking.