Waking The Dead

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Congressional candidate Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) is close to realizing his dream of making it to Washington. But he begins to have visions and hear the voice of his girlfriend, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), who died in a car accident eight years earlier. He even thinks he sees her walking by him in crowds. So he begins to question the events surrounding her death and wonders if she made it out alive. And, for some unknown reason, she has never contacted him. As he confides in his family, they make statements that encourage his uncertainty whether Sarah actually died. But is he going crazy, or has he really seen her? Borrowing from the film classic Gaslight, writer/director Keith Gordon makes the non-linear storytelling work as he tracks Fieldings descent into perceived insanity. This compelling mystery should keep audiences riveted.

Fieldings political candidacy is based on his desire to be an honest politician serving the people well. Often encouraged by the establishment to take a lower road, he holds up under pressure and doesnt give in to big money supporters of his campaign. Sarah, too, has a lifelong dream to serve others through the church mission to the poor and needy. An extremely bright and educated young woman who could conceivably make lots of money, she opts instead for a no-glory, no-money job, working for a mission in inner city Chicago. However, her image as a role model is tarnished as shes shown to have a live-in, sexual relationship with her boyfriend. Two graphic sex scenes, one with female nudity, are shown. Another scene shows Sarah stimulating herself as she wishes for her boyfriend to be there. Vulgar dialogue is used liberally with 26 f-words and ten regular profanities. While Sarah and Fielding demonstrate many good traits, the graphic sexual content and foul language make WAKING THE DEAD dead on arrival.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Gramercy Pictures, 9247 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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: Several (9) times - Mild 4, Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (38) times - F-word 26, s-word 9, other 3

Profanity: Many (14) times - Regular 10 (GD 7, J 3); exclamatory 4 (OG, MG)

Violence: Once Mild (man punched)

Sex: Few times unmarried couple (graphic twice, once with breast nudity; implied once by couple in bed)

Nudity: Once (breast nudity in sex scene); Near Nudity - Once (couple implied nude together but explicit nudity obscured)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (reference to sex, woman stimulates herself)

Drugs: Several times (smoking, alcohol, marijuana)

Other: Woman serves the church by helping the poor and needy; unconditional love exhibited; characters have great dreams and hopes for their lives; vomiting shown

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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