Slater’s sexual anxiety is resolved when Noah tells him, “There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re normal.” Noah advises Blithe to jettison the garish makeup and act her age, and explains to Rodrigo his own anger at having been ditched by his father.
All of this occurs after Noah has committed a break-in and multiple thefts, and dealt with grotesquely stereotyped African-Americans at a club.
Be dishonest, engage in crime, put children in harm’s way, and all will turn out right. That’s the “moral” of this sad, sick fantasy – a take-away that should make all sensible moviegoers stay away.
The film contains an explicit nonmarital sex act, fleeting profanity, acceptance of homosexual activity, pervasive rough, crude and crass language, frequent references to drug use, body functions and pedophilia, as well as racial stereotyping. The Catholic News Service classification is O – morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R – restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Jensen is a guest reviewer for Catholic News Service.