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This movie has been screened for objectional content in 15 areas. Click for a detailed look.

OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
The following is a quick summary of the content found in this R-rated drama/comedy. Profanity is rated as heavy due to at least 6 uses of the "f" word, while certain characters also use other profanities and colorful phrases. Beyond those words/phrases that kids may want to imitate, other behavior - including the late comedian's style of outrageous and/or abusive comedy - may prove to be imitative fodder for some kids and some may find that style of humor to demonstrate bad and/or disrespectful attitudes.The comedian visits some hookers and we briefly see their bare breasts as he and two of them roll around on a bed. Another scene features "Vegas" style showgirls who show all of their bare breasts except for their nipples that are covered by small star "patches." A few sexually related comments are also made.Meanwhile some violence occurs in and out of a wrestling ring (although we later learn that some or all of it may have been staged), while certain characters smoke and drink (and a TV sketch program briefly features a comedy skit about drug use). A brief scene involving a "psychic surgeon" contains what looks like fake blood and some material used to simulate internal pieces of the human body.The rest of the film's categories are mostly void of any major objectionable content. Nonetheless, and as always, we recommend that you take a closer look at the listed content should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home.


QUICK TAKE:
An unconventional comedian continually tries to shock his audience in this look at the life and times of the late Andy Kaufman.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Carrey, singer turned actress Courtney Love or of the late Andy Kaufman they might, but this one doesn't seem like much of a draw to most kids.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language and brief sexuality/nudity.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JIM CARREY plays the unconventional comedian who takes it upon himself to shock or otherwise throw off his audiences. He briefly uses some strong profanity, fools around with some hookers and plays a character who's abusive to those in the audience.
  • DANNY DeVITO plays his agent, a man who tries, often in vain, to understand Kaufman and turn him into a star. He briefly uses strong profanity.
  • COURTNEY LOVE plays Kaufman's lover and part-time accomplice in his acts.
  • PAUL GIAMATTI plays Kaufman's friend, co-writer and partner in staging his outrageous and/or unconventional acts. He briefly uses strong profanity.
  • VINCENT SCHIAVELLI plays a harried TV executive who can't believe Kaufman and his antics.


  • DETAILED CONTENT LISTING:
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    HEAVY
    Profanity | Sex/Nudity

    MODERATE
    Alcohol/Drugs | Disrespectful/Bad Attitude | Imitative Behavior

    MILD/MINOR/NONE
    Blood/Gore | Smoking | Topics To Talk About | Tense Family Scenes | Violence | Guns/Weapons | Music (Scary/Tense) | Jump Scenes | Frightening/Tense Scenes | Music (Inappropriate)


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE: MODERATE
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  • People in bars or other venues drink in more than five such settings.
  • Zmuda has a beer.
  • While on "Taxi," Kaufman holds a bottle of booze, as does a woman next to him.
  • Kaufman appears on a TV sketch show where one particular skit is about people being high on drugs (where the narrator states that everyone's secretly brought along a joint). This doesn't go on very long, however, as Kaufman states that he doesn't want to do a skit using drugs as a joke.
  • Like others in a restaurant, Shapiro has wine with his meal.
  • Lynn has a drink.
  • BLOOD/GORE: MILD
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  • As Andy appears as the abrasive lounge singer, Tony Clifton, he makes a joke about a woman wearing some strong perfume and that it must mean that it's "that time of the month."
  • Although we only see a fleeting glimpse of it, Kaufman does a gag about having people pay to come up and touch the boil on the back of his neck.
  • In a psychic surgeon clinic in the Philippines, we see the "surgeons" washing their hands in bloody water, as well as using what looks like bloody chicken parts (or something similar) being pulled out of people's bodies (all faked, of course).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE: MODERATE
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  • As Andy appears as the abrasive lounge singer, Tony Clifton, he makes a joke about a woman wearing some strong perfume and that it must mean that it's "that time of the month." He also makes fun of other people in the audience as well.
  • In another of his staged acts, Kaufman is demeaning toward women, stating that their place is in the kitchen and that he'll wrestle and defeat any of them simply because he's a man.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES: NONE
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  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS: NONE
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  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR: MODERATE
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  • Phrases: "Boner" (erection), "Bastard," "Loon," "Shut up," "Nuts" (testicles), "Frickin'," "Kick your ass," "Jerk," "Crackers" and "Piss off."
  • Some kids may be inspired to try to imitate Kaufman's style of humor and shocking/abusing his audience.
  • While eating with Shapiro, Andy has a fake booger having from his nose (and acts like he doesn't know it's there).
  • As Tony Clifton, Andy pours water on an audience member.
  • Tony makes the "f you" gesture.
  • In his wrestling character, Kaufman often extends his hand to shake his opponent's hand, but then whips it away at the last moment and uses it like he's smoothing down his hair.
  • JUMP SCENES: NONE
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  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE): NONE
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  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE): NONE
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  • None.
  • PROFANITY: HEAVY
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  • At least 6 "f" words, 8 "s" words, 1 slang term for male genitals ("schlong"), 6 asses (2 used with "hole"), 5 hells, 1 damn, 1 crap and 2 uses each of "G-damn" and "For Christ's sakes" and 1 use each of "Oh my God," "God" and "Jesus Christ" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY: HEAVY
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  • We see a line of shapely women (strippers or prostitutes) in skimpy bikinis (showing cleavage and part of their bare butts) about whom Zmuda tells Andy he can pick two of them. When Andy walks off with his chosen two, Zmuda tells an older woman that it's Andy's first time with a prostitute which makes the woman laugh as she tells him that Andy's there every week.
  • We then see Andy wrestling around with the women on a bed with both of them being topless.
  • As Tony Clifton, Andy feels a woman's clothed breast.
  • Kaufman does a lounge act as Tony Clifton who's accompanied by many "Vegas" type dancers whose nipples are just covered with small star-shaped patches (otherwise the rest of their bare breasts are seen).
  • About his wrestling with women, Lynne tells Kaufman, "You had a huge boner on national television."
  • A comment is made about a center for sexual research as Kaufman is on the phone.
  • As Tony, Kaufman says, "Skip the meal...go right to the ménage a trios." He also asks a woman if she's ever been with another woman (she replies, "Yeah, in the kitchen").
  • SMOKING: MILD
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  • As Tony Clifton, Kaufman smokes a few times, while Lynne smokes once and various background characters smoke in bars or other venues.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES: MILD
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  • Family members react to a loved one's death (briefly seen).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT: MILD
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  • Kaufman's unique and often abrasive style of humor and the fact that due to his staging of other faked events, no one believes him when he actually gets sick (the old "crying wolf" syndrome).
  • VIOLENCE: MILD
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  • In a scene from "Taxi," a character makes Andy's character slap himself.
  • Kaufman throws some furniture around on a set.
  • We see a montage of Kaufman wrestling with many women (in the ring) where he and some of them occasionally bite each other (while another does some kickboxing on him).
  • On a TV sketch show, Kaufman slaps another man and they get into a fight, but it turns out the whole thing was just staged.
  • In a wrestling match, Jerry Lawler grabs Kaufman and pile drives him into the mat. Zmuda then rushes up and pushes Lawler who pushes him back.
  • On a TV show, Lawler slaps Kaufman hard enough to send him out of his chair.
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