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Party Monster

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Source: Catholic News Service

Cautionary biopic charting the meteoric rise and subsequent fall of club kid-leader-turned-cold-blooded-killer Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin), a notorious New York party promoter arrested in 1998 for murdering his drug dealer. Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the movie proves that all that glitters isn't gold, painting a tragic portrait of self-destructive behavior, at times both darkly humorous and disturbing to watch. Pervasive drug abuse, brief graphic violence, an implied homosexual encounter, several instances of partial rear nudity, as well as much rough and crude sexual language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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