Watch It

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

WATCH IT is rather comical and disturbing all at the same time. On occasions it even becomes profound. It's all about the trials and tribulations of four bachelors sharing a house in Chicago, particularly their traumatic relationships with their girl friends and other female companions. It's also about their obsession for playing practical jokes on each other, including jumping out of an empty refrigerator and shouting "watch it" at an alarmed house mate. Three of the guys, John (Peter Gallagher), Rick (John McGinley) and Danny (Tom Sizemore) are reasonably nice fellows. But Michael (Jon Tenney) is a real womanizer and deceiver. When his girlfriend, Anne (Suzy Amis) leaves him, she and John, who is in town for a visit, become involved in a touching, but uncertain relationship. Rick can't decide whether to continue with his girlfriend, and Danny is still actively looking around. How all these relationships work themselves out is intriguing and the actors give good performances.

Unfortunately, the guys don't hesitate to sleep around and use plenty of obscenities. Mike specializes in manipulative one-night stands, and both Rick and John have sexual relationships with their girlfriends. Sex is implied in one bedroom scene, and Mike is shown in a very explicit sexual encounter with a prostitute in a cloak room. Nudity, however, is limited to brief breast nudity and near nudity in a suggestive home video and a fake seduction attempt by a young woman. The men's conversations are filled with explicit discussions of sex. Amidst all these offensive elements, however, emerges the real human struggle of single persons to find a loving mate and marital fulfillment. The most cheerful moments come when Rick realizes he really loves his girlfriend and as John shows his genuine concern for Anne. Anne's spunky female work assistant steals the show when she gives Anne some really perceptive advice on men. WATCH IT has some admirable possibilities, but self-destructs on its explicit sexual content, some misleading messages on promiscuity and indecent language.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Skouras Pictures, Inc., 1040 N. Las Palmas, Bldg. 10, Hollywood, CA 90038

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 (21) times - Mild 3; Moderate 18

Obscene Language: Many (30) times (f-word 11; s-word 15; others 4)

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 6; Exclamatory 2

Violence: None

Sex: Once (graphic with sounds, no nudity; implied twice - bedroom scene and in conversation, no nudity

Nudity: Once (brief, breast); near nudity (once - breast)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (References to intercourse and genitals; seduction scene, woman partially disrobes)

Drugs: Several times (alcohol drinking; home and bar)

Other: Meaningful discussion of life after death.

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