Money for Nothing

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

MONEY FOR NOTHING is a strange mix of the comic and the pathetic true account of Joey Coyle (John Cusak). A down-on-his-luck dock worker in Philadelphia, Joey finds 1.2 million dollars which falls off a Federal Reserve truck. He tries to hide the money from the authorities and the people around him. The comic parts depict Joey going to greater and greater lengths to try and hide the money, in his room, in the attic and even in his pants. The pathetic qualities of the movie come about as Joey becomes alienated from his friends and family in his lust for the money. The persistent Detective Laurenzi (Michael Madsen) is never far behind as Joey gets more and more desperate. John Cusak gives depth to a possibly shallow stereotyped character and helps boost a sometimes confused movie, confused in its lack of direction. MONEY FOR NOTHING is both comedy and tragedy, much like real life, but it lacks any final coherence. For this reason many viewers may find it unsatisfying.

One of the most disagreeable features is that Joey Coyle becomes a sort of folk hero in South Philadelphia for trying to keep someone else's money. Even more depressing is the fact that it is based on a true story. The movie implies that almost no one would have any qualms about keeping the money. The idea that money will solve all his problems is, of course, proved wrong as the money is, in fact, his downfall. Right alongside this clearly amoral theme comes a fair amount of degrading language including many obscenities. Fairly explicit intercourse includes female breast nudity. There is little violence other than an attempted shooting, someone beaten with a belt and hit over the head with a pool cue. But because of the language, the nudity and the sexual situations, don't spend any hard-earned cash on MONEY FOR NOTHING.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Distributor:
Buena Vista distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

Summary
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 (15) times - Mild 9; Moderate 6

Obscene Language: Many (20) times (f-word 7, s-word 9, 4 others)

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular

Violence: Few times - Moderate (man hit with pool cue, another beat with belt, one attempted shooting)

Sex: Once, with brief female breast nudity

Nudity: Once, female breast nudity

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times, references to genitals

Drugs: Drinking portrayed several times

Other: Keeping money belonging to someone else condoned

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