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"MARCI X"
(2003) (Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans) (R)

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


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: After temporarily taking over her father's record label, a Jewish American princess finds herself falling for the hard-core rapper whose act she's trying to tone down.
PLOT:
Marci Feld (LISA KUDROW) is a privilege and pampered socialite who enjoys hanging out with her friends, Lauren (JANE KRAKOWSKI), Kirstin (SHERIE RENE SCOTT) and Caitlin (VEANNE COX). Her world is turned upside down, however, when the business empire run by her father, Ben Feld (RICHARD BENJAMIN), draws the venomous protests of U.S. Senator Spinkle (CHRISTINE BARANSKI).

It seems that part of Feld's empire includes the rap label Felony Assault, run by the imprisoned Tubby Fenders (BILLY GRIFFITH). One of Fenders' acts, Dr. S (DAMON WAYANS), has just released a rap album that's caused an uproar among conservatives and Spinkle not only has called for a boycott of everything Fender runs, but also a Congressional hearing on the matter.

As a result, Feld has a heart attack and is hospitalized for two weeks of media isolation so that he can recover. With the same amount of time before the hearing, Marci decides to take matters into her own hands and change Dr. S's public image. While that doesn't sit well with Tubby or Dr. S's girlfriend, Yolanda Quinone (PAULA GARCES), the Jewish American princess and the hardcore rapper find themselves increasingly attracted to each other as they prepare for their showdown with the Senator.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of someone in the cast or maybe rap music, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language and sexual content.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • LISA KUDROW plays a privilege and pampered socialite who takes it upon herself to fix her father's problems and deal with Spinkle by reforming Dr. S's public image. She briefly uses strong profanity, fools around with Dr. S and smokes a cigar that may or may not involve marijuana.
  • DAMON WAYANS plays a rapper whose violent and sexually charged songs bring the ire of Senator Spinkle. He uses profanity and ends up falling for Marci.
  • CHRISTINE BARANSKI plays a conservative senator who's made it her mission to boycott everything Feld owns over Dr. S and his provocative rap songs.
  • RICHARD BENJAMIN plays Marci's wealthy businessman father who has a heart attack over Spinkle's announced boycott of him and his businesses.
  • PAULA GARCES play Dr. S's skanky girlfriend who isn't happy he's falling for Marci.
  • JANE KRAKOWSKI, SHERIE RENE SCOTT and VEANNE COX play her 1960s style socialite friends who start dating Dr. S's friends.
  • BILLY GRIFFITH plays an imprisoned convict who runs the Felony Assault rap label and isn't pleased with Dr. S taking up with Marci.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity consists of at least 1 use of the "f" word (with "mother"), while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Sexually related dialogue, lyrics and humor are present, including several references to anal sex and homosexuality. Women are seen in some revealing attire, while some brief, passionate kissing occurs.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while some drink, some smoke and some drug references are made (including that the main character has smoked "weed," but we don't ever know if that's for certain). Violence includes a brief woman on woman fight with a kick, punch and struggle over a gun.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, some strobe effects occur in a club.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks.
  • We hear about a drug rehab clinic named after Marci. Marci's friends then briefly talk about heroin addiction and one asks if the weight really stays off due to that.
  • We hear some of Dr. S's lyrics being read aloud and they include, "I love you because I'm high."
  • When a doctor says he's going to prescribe 10 cc's of valium, Marci is relieved, but the doctor points out that it's for her father.
  • Some champagne is poured.
  • We see a whiskey ad on a building.
  • People have drinks at a club.
  • We see Marci and others with cigars. Later, when Marci and her friends act strangely, Dr. S comments about her cigar being weed and then later asks a friend what was in that weed.
  • There's talk of drug dealers, hookers and transvestites.
  • Senator Spinkle drinks wine.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • In response to the "Take it in the butt" song, the Senator wears a brown ribbon of protest and there's talk about the "anal anthem" controversy.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • We hear some of Dr. S's lyrics being read aloud and they include, "Shoot the teacher."
  • Some will view Dr. S as having a bad attitude for his provocative lyrics, while others may see Spinkle as the one having the bad attitude for attempting to censor him and free speech.
  • Tubby is an imprisoned convict who runs the Felony Assault label.
  • Ben tells Marci that he wishes he had a son who could take control of the situation so that Marci wouldn't have to worry (instead of asking her to help or take control).
  • People at a concert boo and heckle Marci. Some add, "Kill that bitch" and "Shoot that bitch."
  • For those who don't like furs, Marci wears a mink and Dr. S wears one made of Chinchilla.
  • Some attempted comedy in the film includes a fundraiser for children with no feeling in their arms (which includes a nurse poking a young girl in the arm with a fork and then the neck -- that causes pain -- for comparison).
  • Dr. S cheats on Yolanda by kissing Marci. In turn, Yolanda tries to shoot Marci and then acts like the victim when the police arrive.
  • Tubby tells Dr. S to "choose the bitch (Marci) or your brothers."
  • Dr. S and others end up blackmailing the Senator to make her drop her case against them.
  • Some viewers might not like when the Senator says that there are millions more like her, adding, "It's called Utah."
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • The following could possibly be unsettling for someone sensitive to such matters: Ben has a heart attack (played for comedy and only briefly seen, he's later okay, but in a hospital).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handgun: Briefly pulled by Yolanda on Marci (and then struggled over with a few random shots being fired), and held by police on Marci as they arrest her.
  • A comment is made about rapping about "guns and bitches and hos."
  • Dr. S wears a shirt with a huge, exaggerated zipper up the front made up of what look like large caliber bullets on a belt as the zipper's teeth.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Thank you, m*therf*cker," "What is this sh*t?" "That was some sexy sh*t," "Bitch" (said many times), "Ho" (whore), "Bitchin,'" "Sit your asses down," "Hell no," "Nigger" (said by a black man), "Get the hell out of my ghetto," "Whatever the hell that means," "I suck at this," "Crazy ass," "My ass," "This is whack," "Damn right," "Chicks" (women), "The big smelly turd" (adjective), "Bad ass baller" and "Whore."
  • Yolanda wears a midriff-revealing top.
  • Dr. S and others have tattoos.
  • Some kids might be enticed to take up rapping (including using provocative lyrics).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A tiny bit of comically suspenseful music plays.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • Various songs have lyrics that we couldn't hear and/or understand, thus offering the possibility of them potentially containing additional objectionable material.
  • A song has the lyric, "Sit down with your ho," another uses the term "bitchin,'" and one uses "asshole."
  • We hear some of Dr. S's lyrics being read aloud and they include, "Shoot the teacher," "I'm the king of your mouth," "I love you because I'm high" and "The power in my pants."
  • Dr. S sings his power in the pants song (grabbing his clothed crotch while doing so) and his backup singers sing, "We want the power."
  • Dr. S performs a song at an awards show about "Love in the butt" and we see one of his dancers with a bull's eye target on her clothed rear. Repeated lyrics include "Take it in the butt."
  • A lyric repeatedly asks, "Who's total sex?" and the answer is Marci.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word (used with "mother"), 10 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("doing it"), 3 slang terms for female genitals ("sn*tch" and "p*ssy"), 2 for male genitals ("d*ck" and "magic wand"), 1 for breasts ("t*t"), 7 asses (1 used with "hole"), 4 hells, 2 damns, 9 uses of "Oh my God," 3 of "G-damn" and 1 of "God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Marci shows some cleavage.
  • We see a photo of Dr. S licking some part of a woman's body.
  • We hear some of Dr. S's lyrics being read aloud and they include "I'm the king of your mouth" and "The power in my pants."
  • We see some scantily clad women and shirtless male dancers at a concert.
  • Dr. S sings his power in the pants song (grabbing his clothed crotch while doing so) and his backup singers sing, "We want the power." A comment is made about a "magic wand" (penis) and Dr. S then finishes a line by saying, "You don't know d*ck." At the end of this number, many sparks fly from a man's crotch, presumably symbolic of an orgasm.
  • Yolanda shows cleavage and wears a very short dress.
  • When Marci first meets Dr. S to complain, he mistakes her for a fan and wonders if she's all hot and bothered.
  • While onstage with Marci, Dr. S tauntingly tells her he knows what she wants to feel and does a pelvic thrust near her.
  • A comment is made about sexual abstinence, and we then see that Marci wants Dr. S to introduce a "boy band" that's to do a singing PSA for such abstinence. Marci says that if Dr. S doesn't comply, he'll be dead meat and then adds that that also describes abstinence. The boy band then rehearses and sings lyrics about their bodies being temples and not public toilets, that "if you see me coming, it's time to go" and to "shut that gate." Dr. S then takes them aside and makes a few changes. When they do the number again, all of their lyrics have to do with them being gay (including "Let's boy and boy it" and "Let's fornicate").
  • Yolanda shows some cleavage.
  • Miscellaneous women show cleavage.
  • While trying to auction off himself and his love to women at a fundraiser, Dr. S asks some older women if they ever "get it on" and says, "One bed, four bitches." He then gets various women there worked up and comments on the kids who can't touch themselves anywhere (since they have no feeling in their arms).
  • We see some scantily clad women at a club.
  • Marci states that the translation for an African chant means "Maybe I should become a lesbian."
  • Dr. S and Marci do some brief, passionate kissing (clothed).
  • Marci shows more cleavage.
  • There's talk of drug dealers, hookers and transvestites.
  • Marci asks Dr. S about black people making love and whether it's different. He then asks if she means from white people, she says yes, and he replies that yes, it's good.
  • Marci and Dr. S do some passionate kissing while lying on a bed (clothed).
  • A miscellaneous women comments about Dr. S "when I was doing it with my last boyfriend."
  • There are various references to the Senator's young son being gay.
  • Dr. S performs a song at an awards show about "Love in the butt" and we see one of his dancers with a bull's eye target on her clothed rear. Repeated lyrics include "Take it in the butt."
  • Marci's friends ask her (in relation to the "take it in the butt" song) if she ever let Dr. S do that (anal sex) to her. She says no, as do the other friends except for Lauren who says she did since it was her new boyfriend's birthday.
  • Dr. S states that the "s" stands for "sn*tch catcher" and then makes another quick comment about "sn*tch" and "p*ssy."
  • Marci and Dr. S try to explain to the Senator that "take it in the butt" isn't about sex, but rather urban slang for "with love and respect."
  • After Spinkle realizes her son has taped her dancing in her slip (for blackmail purposes), she comments that he's just like his father.
  • Spinkle's son says, "I love you mom -- in the butt" (in relation to the latter meaning "with love and respect").
  • Dr. S and Marci do some passionate, clothed kissing.
  • A gay boy band member states, "We just had sex with Eminem."
  • We see Yolanda reading a book called "Kosher Sex."
  • A lyric repeatedly asks, "Who's total sex?" and the answer is Marci.
  • SMOKING
  • We see a drawing and then a photo of Dr. S with a cigar.
  • A woman states that she has some smokes in her purse.
  • One of Dr. S's friends has a cigar and we then see Marci and others with cigars. Later, when Marci and her friends act strangely, Dr. S comments about her cigar being weed and then later asks a friend what was in that weed.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We hear that Marci's mother was killed six years ago by a leopard, and then see a still photo of her in a casket (no blood/gore and played for humor).
  • Marci briefly worries about her father after he's had a heart attack and is hospitalized.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Rap music and people's reaction to it.
  • Freedom of speech vs. censorship.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Some attempted comedy in the film includes a fundraiser for children with no feeling in their arms (which includes a nurse poking a young girl in the arm with a fork and then the neck -- that causes pain -- for comparison).
  • Upset at Marci for kissing Dr. S., Yolanda kicks her once in the gut and then keeps trying to kick her. In response, Marci punches Yolanda once in the face, prompting Yolanda to pull a handgun on her. The two then struggle over that gun (with some shots being fired into the ceiling, but no one is hit) until the police arrive and aim their guns at Marci.



  • Reviewed August 22, 2003 / Posted August 23, 2003

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