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Grindhouse

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Source: Catholic News Service

Cinematically inventive but brutally sordid two-part homage to the cheapie exploitation films of the 1960s and '70s features writer-director Robert Rodriguez's zombie-inspired "Planet Terror" in which residents of a Texas town (Freddy Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin and Marley Shelton) face down plague-infested mutants; and writer-director Quentin Tarantino's revenge slasher "Death Proof" in which a sadistic killer (Kurt Russell) makes the mistake of targeting a group of movie stuntwomen (Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms and Zoe Bell), and gets more than he bargained for. Though both films have been made with skill and wry humor, all the unsavory elements that made those original B-movies so objectionable are now presented with a permissiveness that far eclipses the originals. Pervasive rough language and profanity, heavy-duty gore with bloodshed and worse, blatant sexuality including upper female nudity and attempted rape, a non-graphic encounter with partial nudity, sadism, innuendo, torture, much gross-out imagery and vigilante justice. 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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