MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -4

Edward and Connie Sumner (Richard Gere, Diane Lane) seem to be living the American dream with a house in the New York City suburbs, an eight-year-old son (Erik Per Sullivan of TVs Malcolm in the Middle), a dog and a happy marriage of eleven years. But when Connie has a windy collision with a French book dealer named Paul (Olivier Martinez), the attractive and charming man begins to tempt her thoughts with the idea of an affair. As she begins to spend more time with Paul, Edward senses something is different in their relationship. Discovering his loving wife has lied, Edward hires a detective who confirms his suspicion. When Edward confronts Paul, a moment of uncontrollable rage can either separate him from Connie forever or bring their marriage back together. This "anatomy" of an affair delivers a fascinating character study perfectly reflecting the Bible verse; Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:15)

As Connie flirts with the idea of an affair, Paul encourages her with comments such as "there is no such thing as a mistake."; He also suggests letting momentary emotion guide her acts rather than reason. But their encounters are graphically rendered with explicit nudity and sexual activity. Although she frequently acknowledges her actions are "wrong"; Connie can't seem to stop her sexual trysts. Even as a friend warns that all affairs end badly and admits a past fling, Connie meets Paul for a secret romp in a restaurant bathroom. One scene also shows Connie putting her hand in her pants as she remembers previous acts. Edward fires an employee he can't trust and Connie's conscience is bother as he relates the news. A violent hit on the head causes a flow of blood across the floor, which is the only severe injury shown. Although he initially covers up a crime, Edward later struggles with the issue of integrity as he considers the ramifications of confession. Obscenities and strong profanity are used a number of times and, combined with graphic sexual content and nudity, renders UNFAITHFUL unwatchable.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

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: Few (2) times - Mild 1, moderate 1

Obscene Language: Many (19) times - F-word 11, s-word 8

Profanity: Many (14) times - Regular 8 (G 4, J 2, GD 2); exclamatory 6 (OMG, MG, OG)

Violence: Few times Moderate and severe (bloody scrape on knee, slap, hit at man, struggle, man hit on head, blood flow on floor)

Sex: Several times Implied and graphic (adulterous couple w/nudity motion/sound several times, implied by married couple on bed/ adulterous couple on couch, woman gratifies self)

Nudity: Several times (Female breast/ rear brief frontal in sex scenes/ bathtub scene); Near Nudity several times (woman in underwear/ nightwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (man looks at womans legs, flirting, mans hand on wifes breast, sensual kissing, couple in bathtub together, women discuss attractive man, woman dresses sensually for meeting)

Drugs: Several times - alcohol drinking, cigarette smoking

Other: Child urinates sounds, child shown with wet pants, woman says affair is wrong but yields to desires, woman admits past affair saying always end badly, woman lies to family/ forgets responsibility, man fires worker saying cant trust him, man covers up crime

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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