Velvet GoldMine

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

Platform shoes, feather boas, glitter make-up and sexual experimentation were part of the glam rock craze on the music scene in early 1970's London. The story in VELVET GOLDMINE centers around Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), a popular glam rocker who is shot and killed during one of his concerts. The shooting turns out to be a hoax, and, on its ten-year anniversary, a reporter named Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is assigned to find out what happened to Brian. As Arthur interviews various people in an attempt to find him, each person tells Arthur the part of Brian's story that they are familiar with. This is supposed to be a fictional story, but it does parallel the life of several famous rock stars. The costumes are tremendous, giving the film an authentic look. Anyone interested in this time period and subject matter will find the film interesting.

Hardly anything can be called acceptable in this film. There is a sexual theme running all the way through the movie, giving the idea that someone can find fulfillment in life through sexual activity. The film does this by showing Arthur working through his own personal struggle with sexuality. The film also portrays several different types of sex, including three scenes where homosexual sex is implied. These scenes are quite graphic, although no nudity is involved. They also show that the movie industry is beginning to portray things that have traditionally been taboo on film. The film also contains many instances of female breast and rear nudity, along with full male nudity, both front and rear. All of these elements, along with the 32 f words, leave VELVET GOLDMINE morally bankrupt

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Miramax Films, 375 Greenwich, New York, NY 10013

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 (3) times - All Mild

Obscene Language: Many (32) times (f-word 27, s-word 1, other 4)

Profanity: Few (2) times - All Regular (J 2)

Violence: Few times - Mild and Moderate (child pushed, man shot)

Sex: Few (2) times - Graphic (couple in bed, multiple sex partners on floor)

Nudity: Several (7) times - Graphic (male rear nudity, female breast and rear nudity, male full frontal while performing on stage); Near Nudity: Several times (low cut dresses, women in short shorts, women in undergarments, men in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: : Several times - Graphic (woman refers to her genitals, man grabs his genitals, man makes sexual motions, sexual motions using a doll, teenager performs sexual self gratification)

Drugs: Many times (smoking, alcohol, drugs)

Other: Condoned homosexual and bisexual conduct, finding fulfillment in life through sexual experimentation theme

Running Time: 117 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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