Wild Things

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

High school guidance counselor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) has a reputation as a ladies man in the rich community of Blue Bay, but Kelly (Denise Richards), a senior student, accuses him of rape. Suzie (Neve Campbell), another student, also accuses him but admits in court that both girls lied to frame Sam. The court settlement makes Kelly's wealthy mother break Kelly's trust fund of five million dollars to pay Sam. Detective Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon) thinks it's all a set up by the trio, but he has to prove it. The plot takes several surprising twists as Ray prods each suspect to turn the others in. The stars should attract the audience and the surprises hold their interest particularly with the missing plot pieces filled in after "The End" appears.

Sam is hardly a role model as a high school counselor with a reputation of having sex with "half the women in Blue Bay." Even Kelly's promiscuous mother, who is seen having sex with an employee, has been involved with Sam. Kelly flirts with Sam by rubbing against him and poses suggestively in clinging wet clothes. Sam removes her clothes for a three way affair with Suzie, and bi-sexual Suzie and Kelly kiss each other and undress in Kelly's pool. Breast and female rear nudity is shown in some sex scenes and male frontal nudity is shown in a shower. Most of the violence occurs off-screen but Ray is shot twice with a speargun and the outtakes show a fairly graphic teeth pulling incident. The dialogue is further mind pollution with 60 obscenities and God's name used in vain 19 times. WILD THINGS is definitely not acceptable viewing for discerning adults.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City CA 90232

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 5, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (60) times - f-word 28, s-word 19, other 13, finger gesture 3

Profanity: Many (22) times - Regular 19 (G-d 9, J-C 8, C-sake 2) Exclamatory 3 (MG 1, OG 2)

Violence: Several times - Moderate and Severe (car run off road, fist hit, objects thrown, girl slapped, head held underwater, body wrapped in plastic, girl's teeth found on beach, off-screen shooting, man shot with speargun, man poisoned then hit, teeth pulled)

Sex: Several times - graphic once with nudity, description of rape, implied few times (woman leaves man's house, man with two girls graphic undressing), drawing of unconventional sex act, photos of sex act shown

Nudity: Several times (breast nudity, male and female rear nudity, see-thru swimsuit, male frontal nudity; near nudity (bikini swimsuits, girl in bra, tight shirts on women)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - reference to self- gratification, girl rubs breasts on man, girl in clinging wet clothes, references to numerous sexual affairs, graphic description of rape

Drugs: Tobacco and marijuana smoking, reference to being 'coked out', alcohol drinking

Other: Judge corrects obscenity in court

Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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