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"THE JUROR"
(1996) (Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Mild Heavy Moderate Moderate
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None Moderate None Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate Mild Mild Minor Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
A juror finds herself under the control of a mafia employee who will do anything to get her to acquit his boss.
PLOT:
Annie (DEMI MOORE) is a juror on a mafia related murder case. Things start to go bad when Mark (ALEC BALDWIN), an employee of the defendant, confronts her with an ultimatum: Acquit the defendant or put your son Oliver (JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT) and other loves ones in harm's way. Of course Annie doesn't believe any of this can be true, but she soon learns that Mark has been observing her life and knows more than she wants him to. Annie's friend, Juliet (ANNE HECHE) tells her to report this harassment to the Judge, but a fatal demonstration of Mark's commitment to his goal with help from his partner Eddie (JAMES GANDOLFINI), changes her mind. Things come to a boil as the D.A. gets suspicious and puts pressure on Annie to divulge the truth while Mark ups the ante to keep her quiet.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Only if they're fans of Moore's or Baldwin's. Some teens may be drawn to this type of movie, but beyond that most kids will stay away.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violence, language and sexuality.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • DEMI MOORE plays the single mom who must compromise her morals and beliefs in order to protect herself and her son.
  • ALEC BALDWIN plays the slickly despicable murderer who threatens and kills for money.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


    OUR TAKE: 4 out of 10
    While the plot has an interesting premise and looks good at the beginning, it begins to fall apart before its conclusion. Baldwin, as usual is good in his role as the slick, "do anything to win" bad guy, but it's Moore that is the problem here. While she does have a certain screen charisma, she just doesn't pull off this role. Then there are the usual "Why" questions that occur throughout the film. The biggest is why does Annie agree to be on the case (she is given the option) when moments earlier she stated that her life was so busy she didn't have time to even watch the news or read a paper. Another big question mark is the switch of the locale to Guatemala (where an old friend conveniently lives) which is really weird, unexpected and does nothing for the story. We give the film just a 4 out of 10.
    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    There's a heavy dose of profanity as well as a moderate amount of murders present in this film. A brief glimpse of nudity and a mild sex scene are also there, but it's Baldwin's character that is the most disturbing. He's presented as a slick, obviously successful man, but the means to his success is through murder and intimidation. There are a few tense scenes here and there, but nothing that should be any problem for the kids (those mature enough) who might be seeing it.

    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Mark's friend is seen very drunk and Mark gives him a baby bottle filled with Scotch.
  • People are seen drinking at a party.
  • Mark and Juliet have drinks at a dance club and Juliet later is seen taking some sort of pill (perhaps an "upper").
  • BLOOD/ GORE
  • A dead and bloody body is discovered by a boy in the opening scene.
  • Annie throws up after Mark nearly runs over her son with his car.
  • A peasant in a Central American village (yes, the plot moves to that locale) is seen with some blood on his head.
  • There's just a little blood on some bodyguards that Mark kills.
  • Eddie is seen dead with lots of blood on his face, neck and chest.
  • Mark is somewhat bloody after having been shot several times.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Of course all of the bad guys have both attitudes, but Mark is the epitome of them. He breaks into Annie's house and learns all of the intimate details of her life. He then threatens her life and her son's life if she doesn't do what he says. And he continues to do this to greater extremes as the movie progresses, including killing several people to get his point across.
  • FRIGHTENING/TENSE SCENES
  • A boy awakens to hear arguing and pleading and goes to his grandparent's bedroom. There he sees (and we hear) two shots fired and he then runs away. The assailant, however, pursues and catches him at the foot of the stairs where he comes across another murder victim on the floor. The assailant then raises his gun and kills the child.
  • Mark makes his way through Annie's house as she and Oliver are seen coming home.
  • A friend of Mark's lets himself into Mark's "lair." There he finds signs of Mark's obsession with Annie and hears live audio surveillance from her house. Mark then comes up behind his friend, screwdriver in hand, and prepares to stab him, but an approaching car horn stops him.
  • To terrify Annie and get her back in line, Mark drives like a madman down a winding road asking her who's the only person who'll protect her. Spotting Oliver riding his bike, Mark aims to run him over and nearly does until Annie cries out, "You'll protect me."
  • Mark holds a gun on Juliet and forces her to take an overdose of lethal pills. He says, "I care about him (Oliver) just as much as you do. But I will kill him." Thus his ultimatum is if she doesn't take the pills, he'll kill Oliver. Torn, she at first won't take them, but he grabs her by the hair and forces the pills into her mouth.
  • The defendant, upset over learning of Mark's disrespect for him, tells his men to take Mark away and kill him. The defendant gets into his car with the briefcase of money Mark has returned to him. The car door closes, Mark pushes a remote control and the car explodes. Mark then grabs one of bodyguards' guns and shoots all of the bodyguards and the defendant's son dead.
  • Mark chases after Oliver in a Guatemalan village and then into some temple ruins. As he raises his gun to shoot him, locals come out from the shadows and shoot Mark with their rifles. Annie then approaches him and when he reaches for his ankle gun, she shoots him dead.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handgun: Used to kill a grandfather, his grandson, and an anonymous man.
  • Handgun: Used to make Juliet take the overdose of pills.
  • Handguns: Used by the defendant's men to aim at Annie as she makes a surprise visit.
  • Bomb/Handgun: Used by Mark to kill the defendant, his son, and their bodyguards.
  • Rifles/Handgun: Used to kill Mark at the end.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Shut up," "Sucker," "Idiots," and "Bastard."
  • Eddie gives "the finger" to a tape recorder given to Annie by the D.A.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • Several of the tense scenes are accompanied by moderately suspenseful music.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • 30 "f" words (1 with the prefix "mother"), 14 "s" words, 9 hells, 5 uses of "c*cksucker," 4 "ass" words, 1 slang term for male genitals (the "d" word) and 5 uses of "God damn," 2 uses each of "Oh my God," "For Christ's sake," "Jesus," "God," and "Oh God," and 1 use of "My God," all as exclamations.
  • The defendant's son describes the State's attitude toward his father as "having a hard-on ten f*cking yards long."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Innuendo: Mark tells Annie "It's strange feeling your private parts," when he places his hand up inside one of her sculptures that's mean to be felt and not seen.
  • Oliver and a friend giggle as they draw a penis onto a dragon on a computer screen.
  • Mark and Juliet are seen in a dance club where dancers are seen in skimpy outfits and some bare butts are seen.
  • There is the sound of Mark and Juliet having sex and then he is seen on top of her with her legs wrapped up around him. There's no nudity or hip movement during the sex scene (they are sweaty and breathing hard), but afterwards there are views of her bare breasts.
  • SMOKING
  • Mark is occasionally seen smoking.
  • Mark gives Annie a cigarette on the balcony of her sequestered hotel room (to make the cops think she's just smoking and not talking to him).
  • People are seen smoking at a party.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Annie briefly talks about how her parents divorced when she was young and that she had to go and live with her grandmother.
  • Annie, concerned about her son's view of the trial yells at him, "You talk to anyone about this trial, I swear to God I'll beat the sh*t out of you." He then pushes her, she pushes him back and he then runs out.
  • Annie must contend with Mark's continued threats toward her son and must do everything she can to protect Oliver.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Whether juries can be tampered with.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A boy awakens to hear arguing and pleading and goes to his grandparent's bedroom. There he sees (and we hear) two shots fired and he then runs away. The assailant, however, pursues and catches him at the foot of the stairs where he finds another murder victim on the floor. The assailant then raises his gun and kills the child.
  • Threats: Mark first indirectly and later directly implies that if Annie doesn't follow his directions, bad things will happen to Oliver and others important to her.
  • During the trial, the widow describes how the assailant placed his gun in her husband's mouth, pulled the trigger, and then pursued and finally shot her grandson.
  • Annie, concerned about her son's view of the trial yells at him, "You talk to anyone about this trial, I swear to God I'll beat the sh*t out of you." He then pushes her, she pushes him back and he then runs out.
  • To terrify Annie and get her back in line, Mark drives like a madman down a winding road asking her who's the only person who'll protect her. Spotting Oliver riding his bike, Mark aims to run him over and nearly does until Annie cries out, "You'll protect me."
  • Mark places his drunk friend behind the wheel of a car, starts the engine and lets him drive over the edge of a quarry. The car careens down the embankment, crashes into the ground and then rolls into and under a body of water.
  • Mark holds a gun on Juliet and forces her to take an overdose of lethal pills. He says, "I care about him (Oliver) just as much as you do. But I will kill him." Thus his ultimatum is if she doesn't take the pills, he'll kill Oliver. Torn, she at first won't take them, but he grabs her by the hair and forces the pills into her mouth.
  • Annie, upon hearing of Juliet's death, smashes her place to bits in a rage of fear and anger.
  • The defendant, upset over learning of Mark's disrespect for him, tells his men to take Mark away and kill him. The defendant gets into his car with the briefcase of money Mark has returned to him. The car door closes, Mark pushes a remote control and the car explodes. Mark then grabs one of bodyguards' guns and shoots all of the bodyguards and the defendant's son dead.
  • Eddie is seen dead and blood covered after Mark has killed him (who killed him for betraying their partnership).
  • Mark chases after Oliver in a Guatemalan village and then into an old jungle temple. As he raises his gun to shoot him, locals come out from the shadows and shoot Mark with their rifles. Annie then approaches him and when he reaches for his ankle gun, she shoots him dead.



  • Reviewed July 29, 1996

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