Urban Legends: Final Cut

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

At a prestigious film school, senior students produce thesis films to compete for the Hitchcock Award. The winning film guarantees its director a head start on a Hollywood career. Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison), daughter of an award-winning documentary maker, decides to take a crack at the award. Hitching a ride with campus security guard Reese (Loretta Devine from the original movie), Amys inspired to make a fictional thriller about contemporary scary tales known as urban legends. Fellow student, Travis (Matthew Davis), apparently commits suicide over a mediocre grade on his film, but Amy meets his twin, Trevor, who doesnt think it was suicide. And Amy begins to loose her film-crew members in bizarre accidents and seemingly random attacks. Resorting to is it film or is it live? scenes and inside jokes about film-making make this self-parody slightly humorous, but it falls victim to being another teen slasher film in an overdone field.

Although numerous gruesome wounds are shown as special make-up, the gore still includes bloody cuts and shootings, along with a decapitated head rolling on the ground. Two students are electrocuted and a grotesque scene shows rats crawling in and around dead bodies. One scene features a nude female mannequin made up as a mutilated corpse and another features male rear in a sexual dream. Comments imply one crew member is a lesbian. After a simulated sexual act, comments imply a student actress also made porno films. Seemingly required vulgar language includes numerous obscenities and strong profanities. One can only hope that this is a FINAL CUT.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (12) times - Mild 4, moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (26) times - F-word 13, s-word11, other 2, finger gesture

Profanity: Many (21) time - Regular 6 (GD 3, J 2, JC); exclamatory 15 (OMG 9, OG 4, Thank G 2)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (Bloody wounds, knife in body, decapitation, head hit, bloody face, glass shattered, electrocution, stabbing, gruesome wounds, rats crawl on dead bodies, hanging body, shootings, bodies fall from height)

Sex: Twice - (unmarried couple in bed in dream - w/nudity, unmarried couple graphic simulate unconventional act - no nudity)

Nudity: Few times (partial male rear in sex scene, bare breasts on female mannequin); Near Nudity - few times - (girl in short nightgown)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (passionate kissing, reference to mile high club, reference to girl doing porno films)

Drugs: Alcohol drinking, cigarettes, reference to marijuana use, drug put in alcoholic drink, woman says wasted best way to fly

Other: Urban legends spread by gossip, security guard not always watchful, man wants revenge

Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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