Source: Catholic News Service
Talky, occasionally sluggish adaptation of Patrick Marber's West End and Broadway stage hit about the shifting romantic and amoral entanglements among two couples (Jude Law and Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen) in London. Over-the-years narrative explores the foibles of human relationships, and how love evolves from the excitement of first meeting to myriad lies and betrayals, with first-rate performances and direction (by Mike Nichols) though none of the characters is particularly likable, and while there is virtually no sexual activity, except for risque gyrating by Portman's skimpily dressed character (an ex-stripper), the sex talk is as graphic and shocking in its bluntness as it was onstage. Much gratuitously rough and sexually explicit language, a suggestive striptease, partial nudity, freewheeling attitude toward sex. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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