Lucky Number Slevin
Source: Catholic News Service
Stylish but grim thriller about a remarkably easygoing young man named Slevin (Josh Hartnett) caught between two rival crime kingpins -- the Boss (Morgan Freeman) and the Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) -- each of whom claims Slevin owes thousands of dollars. Despite some suspenseful sequences, a few surprising twists, and good performances by all (including Bruce Willis as the Boss's hired assassin, Lucy Liu as Slevin's girlfriend, and Stanley Tucci as a detective on his trail), director Paul McGuigan's film is ultimately murky and formulaic, and the pervasive revenge motif -- the Boss wants Slevin to kill the Rabbi's gay son -- precludes recommendation. Considerable violence with bloodshed (though shown with quick edits), profanity and rough language, a graphic sexual encounter with a prostitute with upper female and rear male nudity, innuendo, a premarital sexual encounter, a gratuitous and highly irreligious remark, illegal betting activities. 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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