Number 23, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Psychological thriller about a man (Jim Carrey) whose reading of a curious novel -- in which the hard-boiled detective-protagonist's story eerily mirrors elements of his own life -- leads him to increasing paranoia and madness, as he, like his fictional counterpart, becomes obsessed with the "23 enigma," the theory that the number 23 holds a numerological significance in nature and world events. Despite an intriguing premise, director Joel Schumacher's dreary neonoir tale is all style and little suspense, with a muddled plot and a contrived twist payoff. Recurring violence and disturbing bloody images, including several suicides, and sexual encounters, some involving kinky behavior, as well as rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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