What's the Worst That Could Happen?

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

It’s love at first sight when Kevin Caffrey (Martin Lawrence) meets Amber Belhaven (Carmen Ejogo) at an art auction. And Amber only pauses slightly when she learns Kevin is a thief. Kevin’s pal, Berger (John Leguizamo), suggests robbing the estate of Max Fairbanks (Danny DeVito). Max has been ordered by a bankruptcy judge to stay away from the house. But Max, entertaining his adulterous date, surprises Kevin during the theft. Max adds insult to injury by taking the ring Amber gave Kevin. So Kevin plans to get the ring back and take Max for all he can. But a flamboyant detective may give them both problems. Some of the scenes are humorous and the comedic stars will draw fans, but the film should make a quick trip to video.

Kevin follows the tradition of numerous lovable, honest thieves, while Max is stereotyped as a rich, dishonest businessman who bribes judges and congressmen to get his way. Max also has a foul mouth and numerous F-words are bleeped out as he curses in a Congressional hearing, but the deaf interpretor is shown ‘signing’ with a finger gesture. Max fears losing his wife’s social influence, even though he frequently cheats on her. Numerous references are made to past sexual affairs with max’s assistant and othe women. Kevin and Amber fall into bed as quickly as they fall in love, and Max’s date is in the bathtub when Kevin robs the house. She gets out to follow Max, but only her head and shoulders are shown. References are made to her photo in a pornographic magazine while Max admires a foldout picture. The detective investigating the break-in at Max’s is flamboyantly effeminate and Max’s security chief makes references that imply he’s homosexual. Max and his assistance consult and discuss tarot readings and Chinese fortune reading. Unfortunately, the story implies neither Max nor Kevin suffer remorse or consequences for their actions. Condoned adultery, premarital sex and an abundance of foul language are part of WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor:
MGM, 2500 Broadway St., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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 (77) times - Mild 39, moderate 38

Obscene Language: Many (32+) times - S-word 12, F-word 1 but beeped 10, other 13, finger gesture 6

Profanity: Many (15) times - Regular 12 (GD 8, G3, J), exclamatory 3 (OMG)

Violence: Several times - Mild & moderate (gun threat, jump out car window, man hit in crotch by tennis ball, slap, mace sprayed on men, men struggle)

Sex: Implied few times (unmarried couple in bed, adulterous couple)

Nudity: Near Nudity - Several times (head & shoulders of woman coming from bathtub, low cut blouse emphasizes cleavage)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (woman refers to being ‘slept with,’ comments about past sexual relationships/ adultery, man looks at porno magazine photo of adulterous date, man propositions woman, man leers at woman’s rear, woman massages man)

Drugs: Few times - alcohol drinks, cigars smoked

Other: Tarot cards consulted, references to Chinese fortune telling, dog flatulence, theme implies rich can get away with illegal acts, adultery condoned

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults


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