Wonderland (2003)

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Wonderland is a historical drama about the off-camera life of porn star John Holmes (Val Kilmer) and the events that led to the LA murders of druggies on Wonderland Drive in 1981. Holmes associated with these gangsters after his film career had ended. He was married to but separated from Sharon Holmes (Lisa Kudrow), and he continued to go to her for help and love. But Holmes was living and sleeping with underage, strung-out girlfriend Dawn Schiller (Kate Bosworth) in an attempt to relive and revive his past party life. He also was in great debt to the drug mobsters and was drawn into making big drug sales in order to pay it off. He used his name recognition to gain access to people of influence in the LA underworld. He delved deeper and deeper into the quagmire of illegal activity in an effort to keep out of jail and remain alive.

Wonderland is a dark, graphic depiction of the dismal existence of a life of drugs and sex without moderation. The film explores morally barren elements and has no redeemable features or characters. It shows the absence of security or hope for a sex addict. A sad song in the film says, Jesus died for someones sins, but not mine. Of course, the Bible makes it clear thatno sin isso awful that it can't be redeemed by Christ's shed blood on the cross.The beauty of the gospel is that Christ'sdeath offers hope to the likes of John Holmes. A Christian woman (Carrie Fisher) tries to help Dawn by taking her off the streets of prostitution and giving her a safe place to live. Dawn rejects this gift of mercy, calls the lady a holy roller and then defiles the womans home by taking drugs and having sex with Holmes in the bathroom. When the woman discovers them in the act, she comes of as a religious buffoon. Those involved in the Wonderland murders know only evil, emptiness, unfulfilled dreams and fear. The violence, sex and language in Wonderland is intense, graphic and disturbing.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
Distributor:
Lion's Gate Films

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: Mild once (damn 1); moderate few (ass 1, whore 1)

Obscene Language: Many (100+) times (F-word 70+, S-word 20+, many expressions relating to genitalia and sexual actions)

Profanity: Exclamatory many (14) times (GD 7, J 4, JC 3)

Violence: Many times (severe verbal abuse; intense intimidation; guns put into peoples mouths and up against the temple and back of their heads; forceful kicking in the stomach, sides and heads; mortal beatings with pipes leaving excessive blood on walls, floors, beds and clothes; detailed discussion of graphic violence that was committed on others)

Sex: Excessive sexual situations (under the influence of drugs) in dark places, often in party situations and free love situations; two women look at and touch a mans penis (out of view of the movie audience); extensive discussion of sexual situations in very graphic terms

Nudity: Full view of man and womans buttocks, side view of womans bare breasts.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Excessive sexual situations (under the influence of drugs) in dark places, often in party situations and free love situations; two women look at and touch a mans penis (out of view of the movie audience); extensive discussion of sexual situations in very graphic terms

Drugs: Smoking, drinking, and prolific and glamorized use of hard drugs and illegal drug paraphernalia.

Other: Woman urinates in an aluminum can while sitting in a car; prostitutes, pimps and drug dealers are depicted.

Running Time: 104 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults


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