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"BASIC INSTINCT 2"
(2006) (Sharon Stone, David Morrissey) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Heavy Extreme Moderate Heavy
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
Extreme Extreme Mild Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Suspense/Thriller: A psychoanalyst falls for his sexy client who may or may not be using the plot of her latest novel to cover a spree of murders that mirror those in her work.
PLOT:
Novelist Catherine Tramell (SHARON STONE) is an American novelist living in London who has just crashed her sports car into a body of water. She manages to escape, but her soccer star passenger does not, arousing the suspicion of detective Roy Washburn (DAVID THEWLISS) who wonders if the novelist might be back to her old tricks. More than a decade ago, she was tied to a series of high profile murders in San Francisco that echoed the way people died in her latest work, all while she had a torrid affair with the detective investigating her.

Accordingly, psychoanalyst Dr. Michael Glass (DAVID MORRISSEY) is called in to make a professional call on her mindset before charges are made against her, something he discusses with his associate Milena Gardosh (CHARLOTTE RAMPLING). He decides Catherine is addicted to risk, an assessment that brings her back to him when charges are dropped against her. Although reluctant to take her on as a client, he finds her alluring and the two enter into a doctor/client relationship.

While Washburn tries to prove she's up to something, things become more complicated for Glass when reporter Adam Towers (HUGH DANCY) -- who just so happens to be dating Michael's ex-wife Denise (INDIRA VARMA) and reportedly is writing an article accusing the psychoanalyst of knowing one of his former clients was about to murder someone in the past -- ends up dead.

Despite having something of a relationship with psychopharmacologist Michelle Broadwin (FLORA MONTGOMERY), Glass finds himself drawn to Catherine despite knowing better. As the bodies start piling up, he must figure out how to deal with her, all as Washburn tries to convince him that she's using him in a dangerous game of sex, manipulation and murder.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens or those who are fans of the original film might be interested in it, while the titillating material might draw other curious kids.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language and some drug content.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • SHARON STONE plays a femme fatale type character who lures Glass into her web, all while writing a novel that echoes the murders and other mayhem occurring around them. She has sex with various people, smokes (cigarettes and pot), uses strong profanity and sultrily manipulates everyone around her for her own purposes.
  • DAVID MORRISSEY plays the psychoanalyst who falls prey to her manipulative trap through which he can't see the dangers until it's too late. He has sex with her and Michelle, and uses strong profanity, all while trying to figure out the truth.
  • DAVID THEWLISS plays the intense detective who's certain Catherine is up to no good and tries to prove that to Glass. He uses strong profanity.
  • CHARLOTTE RAMPLING plays Glass' associate with whom he discusses Catherine. She smokes several times.
  • HUGH DANCY plays a reporter who's seeing Glass' ex-wife and is writing an article that might be damaging to the psychoanalyst's career.
  • FLORA MONTGOMERY plays Michael's associate with whom he has sex.
  • INDIRA VARMA plays Michael's ex-wife who's now seeing Adam.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this suspense/thriller that's been rated R. Profanity consists of at least 22 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. Sexually explicit dialogue is present, as are various graphic sexual encounters (with movement, nudity, sounds and even some brief S&M type material). There's talk of lesbian encounters and some lesbian-themed photos are briefly seen, while female full frontal nudity briefly occurs and a middle-aged woman acts sultrily for most of the movie.

    Violence consists of various deaths and murders (by various means with some seen -- such as a shooting and drowning -- and others just showing the results - such as several strangulations) while a man finds his ex-wife with her throat slit (with very bloody results) and later tries to drown the woman he thinks is responsible. Those scenes and other moments of potential peril might be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers, while various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes.

    Various characters drink and/or smoke (one quite a bit), while some drug use and related comments are also present. 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 prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's some occasional, bouncy handheld camerawork.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We see a man in Catherine's car who seems drugged and later hear that he was as syringes were found in the car (it's stated that both had drugs in their bodies, but that he had something different from her).
  • People have drinks at a reception.
  • There's talk of drinking, drugs and sexual issues in Catherine's work.
  • Miscellaneous people drink.
  • When Catherine wants to socialize with Glass and says that other doctors and patients do that, he says that some get involved with drugs or sex with their patients, but he doesn't.
  • Catherine offers to get a drink with Glass, but he declines. Moments later, he offers the same to Michelle.
  • Glass fixes himself a drink.
  • A miscellaneous patient talks of people drinking and doing coke.
  • Milena pours a drink for Glass and then herself.
  • Miscellaneous people drink in a bar and we then see the same in another bar.
  • Catherine smokes a joint and has a drink by her. She then hands a drink to Glass and offers him a hit from her joint, but he declines that.
  • Miscellaneous people drink in a bar.
  • Catherine has a drink.
  • Catherine has a drink again.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Some dead bodies (murder victims) are seen in several scenes (but beyond being dead, they're not bloody, etc.).
  • Glass enters a ladies room, hears what sound like sexual sounds and opens a stall door where he instead finds a woman whose throat has been slit (she's bloody as is the stall and then floor around her).
  • Milena has a little blood on her head from where she bumped it.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Catherine manipulates others to get what she wants and/or needs.
  • The killer obviously has a bad attitude.
  • Catherine smokes despite being told not to.
  • We hear of one of Glass' former patients who killed his pregnant girlfriend in the past with a brick (and allegations are made that Glass knew that was going to happen but didn't do anything about it).
  • Washburn has it out for Catherine, saying, "I will f*cking nail the bitch."
  • Catherine states that she's happy a recently murdered person is dead (because of what he was going to write about Glass).
  • When some people try to intervene in a bar where Denise wants to get away from Glass, he punches two men in the face to follow her.
  • Catherine makes allegations of Washburn falsifying information and intimidating witnesses, but we never know if that's true or not.
  • Catherine tries to manipulate Glass by asking him who he thinks she's going to kill next.
  • Mad at Catherine, Glass rushes up and jumps into a sauna with her, holding her head under the water, trying to drown her (but he can't go through with it).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • While driving at high speeds through the city at night and being sexually involved with her passenger, Catherine crashes her sports car through something made of glass. The car ends up in a body of water and then sinks, filling with water. She manages to free herself, but can't get him free. She then floats to the surface while he (in a drugged state) just looks up as the car sinks (he drowns, but we don't see the death).
  • Glass sees a man grab Catherine on the street and then pull her away. He rushes to find them and stop that, but then sees that what looked like violence was just a precursor to an orgy scene.
  • While having sex with Glass, Catherine reaches under the bed (we think it's going to be an ice pick like in the first film), but instead it's an S&M type strap that he wraps around his neck. That chokes him for a moment, but they then continue having sex that way.
  • Mad at Catherine, Glass rushes up and jumps into a sauna with her, holding her head under the water. She briefly struggles and then just smiles up at him, causing him to let go (she surfaces and coughs a lot, but seems turned on by what he did and/or the near death experience).
  • Thinking Milena is going to be the next victim (based on Catherine's novel), Glass races to save her (she's reading with headphones and thus can't hear anything).
  • Catherine holds a gun to Glass' neck.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handgun: Used to threaten and/or kill others. See "Violence" for details.
  • Although not seen, something is used to slit a woman's throat.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "You f*ck," "I will f*cking nail the bitch," "Don't tell me to f*cking calm down," "The art of mind-f*cking," "Inspector f*cking Clouseau," "I can f*cking promise you that," "To f*ck me up," "You're a lying f*cking bitch," "F*ck off," "This is f*cked up," "Girl buddies" (lesbians), "That weekend slut," "Nuts," "Bonkers" and "Off my trolley" (crazy), "Moron," "Bitch," "Control freak," "Even Oedipus didn't see his mother coming," "Scumbag" and "Sleazebag."
  • The film could entice some kids to try to manipulate others in ways scenes in the film and in other ways.
  • We see a miscellaneous person with tattoos.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A moderate amount of suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 22 "f" words (7 used sexually as are the terms "laid" and "screwing"), 1 slang term using female genitals ("c*nt"), 2 uses each of "God" and "Jesus" and 1 use each of "Christ" and "Oh my God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • While driving at high speeds through the city at night, Catherine passionately kisses the drugged man in her passenger seat. She then licks his finger and then puts that down to her crotch (we don't see the actual contact) and uses that to bring herself to an orgasm (we see her facial reaction and body movement, and her hear related sounds). Following a car crash that kills him, it's said that the man was dead before they ended up in a body of water, but Catherine says the man was breathing. When asked how she knows, she says, "He made me come." She then seductively says that she's traumatized and adds, "Who knows if I'll ever come again."
  • Meeting Glass for the first time (for his analysis of her), Catherine suggestively says, "Is this where we're gonna do it?"
  • We hear that the subjects of Catherine's novels are murder, sex and violence.
  • Glass tells Denise that she can persuade Adam about what to write "since you've been f*cking him for over a year."
  • We briefly see some of Glass' written report that includes talk of sexuality.
  • Catherine wears a nearly backless dress that's also low-cut in the front, showing cleavage.
  • Catherine tells a story of her writing, including about a guy making her "come."
  • Glass mentions Catherine having sexual fantasies related to driving, with her suggestively saying she has fantasies all of the time.
  • There's talk of drinking, drugs and sexual issues in Catherine's work.
  • There are some slightly sexual passages from Catherine's book, including about the man grabbing the woman's hair like a mane (presumably during sex).
  • Catherine says about a cop (possibly Washburn) that he "said if I f*cked him things would go easier."
  • The camera focuses on Catherine's legs representing Glass' point of view.
  • Catherine talks about a San Francisco cop (Michael Douglas' character in the first film), saying that they'd go have sex in his car.
  • Catherine tells Glass, "I f*cked this guy last night" and that they "f*cked for hours" and did every Masters & Johnson bit, but that she won't remember him in a week.
  • Milena tells Glass (about Catherine), "She's trying to seduce you," prompting him to reply that they all try to do that.
  • Catherine wears a low-cut dress.
  • When Catherine wants to socialize with Glass and says that other doctors and patients do that, he says that some get involved with drugs or sex with their patients, but he doesn't.
  • About therapy, Catherine says that there are too many questions and answers and "nobody gets laid." She then adds, "Okay, forget laid."
  • We hear sexual sounds and then see feet sticking out from under the covers as Glass and Michelle have sex. We see a full shot of him on top of her (we see bare breasts) and he then tells her to turn around. He then has rear entry sex with her, grabbing her hair, all while staring at Catherine's photo on her novel (and as we see movement and her bare breasts, all while hearing their sexual sounds). A phone call interrupts them, with him getting up. We then see both of their bare butts (him standing, her lying face down).
  • We briefly see lesbian themed, artsy photos in Adam's place (briefly seen and they're in the distance, so details were hard to note).
  • We see a dead nude guy in bed, but the positioning of his body and stuff on the bed blocks any explicit view.
  • Catherine states that she was sleeping with Adam as well.
  • Catherine turns a chair backwards and then straddles it with her spread, bare legs visible on either side of it (but her crotch area cannot be seen). She does this to entice Glass and asks him, "When you think of f*cking me, and I know you do, how do you picture it?" She then goes on to ask about him being on top, then her, and then him doing it from behind on his knees, and wonders if he wants to beat her up, but not too hard. She then asks, "Do you want to come in my mouth?" She then says, "What if I tell you that I masturbate thinking about you?" and then adds something about making herself "come" while thinking about making him "come."
  • About Denise and Catherine, Washburn says, "they were both screwing Adam Towers."
  • When Washburn asks where Glass was when a person was murdered, he replies about Michelle, "I was on my knees f*cking her," with Washburn replying, "On your knees?" Washburn then comments on the fact that "Adam Towers was f*cking your ex-wife."
  • We see prostitutes on the street where we also see signs for sex shops and adult cinema. Catherine then spreads her legs while standing for some man to see (we don't see anything), pays him, and he then drags her off. Glass things something bad is going to happen, so he tries to find them in a building, but when he opens a door, he sees a scantly clad dominatrix with a flogging whip and a large man bent over (we see his bare butt). Glass continues his search and ends up looking down through a large skylight where he sees an orgy taking place (we see various couples with movement, but no nudity). He then sees the earlier man on top of Catherine between her legs, having sex (we see his bare butt and her bare breasts, but don't hear any sounds through the glass). During this, she stares up at Glass who stares back.
  • A large framed photo on a bathroom wall shows a close-up of a bent over woman's clothed butt.
  • Glass enters a ladies room, hears what sound like sexual sounds and opens a stall door where he instead finds a woman whose throat has been slit (she's bloody as is the stall and then floor around her).
  • Washburn says that Denise and Catherine were "girl buddies" (meaning lesbians).
  • Catherine wears a tight and slightly sheer top through which we can partially see her nipples.
  • Catherine comes on to Glass and asks about something turning him on (he says it does). We then see a full side view of them having sex, as well as a head and shoulders shot (we see movement, both of their bare butts and her bare breasts, and hear their sounds). She then reaches under the bed and suddenly retrieves an S&M type strap that she wraps around his neck. He briefly starts to choke, but then continues having sex, with both then climaxing.
  • A reporter talks about the killer orgasm (referring to Catherine).
  • Catherine shows cleavage.
  • We see a dead guy in bed and see his bare butt.
  • Washburn comments on how he thinks Catherine would answer about her involvement with a guy who's been murdered by saying, "Then I jerked him off to make him come." He then says that Glass is dizzy to the smell of "p*ssy."
  • Catherine's writing has something about a couple fighting about something and then having sex.
  • Catherine says that Denise was good in bed.
  • Catherine walks around an outdoor spa in an open robe and we see a brief full frontal view of her. She then gets into the water (in front of Glass) and her bare breasts are above the water line.
  • Catherine sits with her legs spread and we see a panty crotch shot as well as her bare legs.
  • A comment is made about a "weekend slut."
  • SMOKING
  • Catherine smokes around 10 times, Milena smokes a few times and some miscellaneous smoking occurs.
  • A painting shows a person with a cigar.
  • Catherine says that she feels like a cigarette and then leaves.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Catherine eyes Glass and says, "You look a little divorced," noting the wedding band mark still on his finger. We then hear that he's divorced from Denise who's seeing Adam.
  • A man finds his ex-wife badly wounded.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • People who manipulate others for their own ends or just for fun.
  • Catherine's comment that she's afraid of boredom.
  • Risk addiction and the fact that it means the person suffering from it will take even greater risks.
  • Doctor/patient confidentiality: We hear of one of Glass' former patients who killed his pregnant girlfriend in the past with a brick (and allegations are made that Glass knew that was going to happen but didn't do anything about it).
  • When Catherine wants to socialize with Glass and says that other doctors and patients do that, he says that some get involved with drugs or sex with their patients, but he doesn't.
  • VIOLENCE
  • While driving at high speeds through the city at night and being sexually involved with her passenger, Catherine crashes her sports car through something made of glass. The car ends up in a body of water and then sinks, filling with water. She manages to free herself, but can't get him free. She then floats to the surface while he (in a drugged state) just looks up as the car sinks (he drowns, but we don't see the death).
  • We hear that the subjects of Catherine's novels are murder, sex and violence.
  • We see a dead guy in bed, with material around his neck that was used to suffocate and/or hang him.
  • When some people try to intervene in a bar where Denise wants to get away from Glass, he punches two men in the face to follow her.
  • Glass enters a ladies room, hears what sound like sexual sounds and opens a stall door where he instead finds a woman whose throat has been slit (she's bloody as is the stall and then floor around her).
  • While having sex with Glass, Catherine reaches under the bed (we think it's going to be an ice pick like in the first film), but instead it's an S&M type strap that he wraps around his neck. That chokes him for a moment, but they then continue having sex that way.
  • Glass briefly grabs a reporter by his jacket.
  • We see a dead guy in bed with a strap around his neck and a syringe in his arm.
  • Mad at Catherine, Glass rushes up and jumps into a sauna with her, holding her head under the water. She briefly struggles and then just smiles up at him, causing him to let go (she surfaces and coughs a lot, but seems turned on by what he did and/or the near death experience).
  • Glass sweeps things off two desks and smashes a large framed print while mad at Catherine.
  • Milena tries to stop Glass from going at Catherine, but Glass shoves her out of the way, accidentally causing her to be knocked out when she hits her head on some furniture.
  • Catherine holds a gun to Glass' neck.
  • Glass punches Catherine in the face.
  • When a person bursts through a door, another person shoots him twice, presumably killing him (no blood). Cops then rush in and tackle the shooter, wrestling the handgun from his hand.
  • We briefly see partial (and real or imagined) flashbacks to previous murders from earlier in the film, including strangling a person, a person struggling with another in a bathroom stall, and killing another person.



  • Reviewed March 28, 2006/ Posted March 31, 2006

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