Woo

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

It's not difficult to see why the young lady's name is Woo (Jada Pinkett Smith) as she sashays through the streets of New York in her short miniskirt. She's rushing to see her friend Claudette (Paula Jai Parker), a transvestite who tells fortunes. Claudette predicts that tonight Woo will meet the man of her dreams.Meanwhile, Tim (Tommy Davidson), a law clerk with high ideals and low self-esteem, sits alone in his apartment. A phone call from a friend anxious to fix him up with Woo changes Tim's life forever. The date gets off to a rough start and becomes progressively more disastrous. Woo creates chaos in an elegant restaurant and drags Tim from one lively party to another, always making sure she is the center of attention. Adding insult to injury, Tim's car is stolen and he's almost arrested for car theft. The dialogue may be difficult to understand, but the all-black cast of young adults are obviously having a glorious time and so will the targeted "swinging single" audience.

For an R-rated romantic comedy, WOO is more subdued than most as far as its sexual content is concerned. Woo and Tim are too busy fighting to even consider sex on this first date. She is more of a tease as she flirts with men and then abruptly turns away. There is one comical scene of an unmarried couple, clothed, attempting to have sex, and their bodily gyrations and comments are crude. Also, a quick glimpse of the back of Tim's nude body is shown once. Woo and other women wear tight fitting, low-cut outfits that show a lot of cleavage. Claudette's real gender isn't clear, but she reads tarot cards in a transvestite club where the patrons' deep voices, heavy makeup and lewd behavior leave little doubt that they are men. One of Tim's macho buddies, however, hasn't a clue when one approaches him. Added to this disgusting behavior are the usual obscenities and crudities so typical of R-rated movies. At least 13 f-words and 11 s- words were clearly understood. WOO is way too offensive for us to recommend.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor:
NewLine Cinema, 888 7th Ave., 20th Floor, NY, NY 10106

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 (50) times - mild 14, moderate 36

Obscene Language: Many (29) times - f-word 13, s-word 11, other 5)

Profanity: Once - regular (G-d)

Violence: Few times - Moderate (property damage in restaurant, man and woman exchange socks to jaw)

Sex: Once (unmarried couple, explicit motions but no nudity)

Nudity: Once (male rear nudity); near nudity several times (women in low-cut outfits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (crude references to sex, men discuss conquests and ogle women, suggestive dance movements)

Drugs: Alcohol drinking in night clubs

Other: None

Running Time: 80 minutes
Intended Audience: Young adults


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