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Reno 911!: Miami

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Source: Catholic News Service

Ultraraunchy, big-screen version of the Comedy Central cable-TV series has the bumbling deputy sheriffs from Reno (Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver) traveling to Miami for a police convention. Due to an act of bioterrorism that confines all the real cops to the meeting hall, the eight hapless officers are forced to patrol Miami's sun-drenched streets and must deal with a beached whale, a drug kingpin and their own perverse sexual tendencies. Amazingly, they save the day; yet watching the warped crudity on parade is too high a price to pay for justice in director and co-writer Garant's putative comedy. Pervasive vulgar language, nudity, sex acts, masturbation, scatological humor, episodes of cartoonish violence and drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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