It's 1924 and William Randolph Hearst (Edward Herrmann) and his mistress Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst) are throwing a birthday party for Thomas Ince (Cary Elwes), a once-influential Hollywood producer, on Hearst's yacht. Jealousy and deception color the mood before the yacht even sets sail, resulting in a murder which is quickly and masterfully covered-up. Also with Eddie Izzard, Cary Elwes and Joanna Lumley. [1:52]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and woman kiss and lie back on a bed caressing each other (her skirt slides up and we see her bare thighs). A bare-chested man and a woman who's on top of him kiss while in bed, and we hear moaning through a wall suggesting that they are having sex. Two women kiss and caress a man lying on a bed. A man and young woman play an erotic round of charades: they touch each other's chests, stand very close to each other and eventually kiss. An older man and young woman kiss several times. A man and woman kiss and the woman is wearing a slip that reveals some cleavage and stocking-covered thighs. A woman opens her door to a man and we see her bare shoulders and back -- she is presumably nude. Women wear dresses that reveal bare shoulders and backs. A young woman kisses a man on the cheek. A woman's skirt slips up and we see part of her bare thigh and a stocking top. There are several references to a man having fathered a child with a 16-year-old girl. There is some sexual innuendo: a young woman talks about having had "a little fling," a woman says "does he know how to use it?," a woman asks a man "is it true about jazz men and their instruments?," a woman says "he's much smaller than you'd like him to be," people talk about their
extra-marital affairs, and a woman says "if I had slept with you sooner." A man writes a love letter to a young woman and we hear passages from it which refer to kisses that they shared.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is shot in the back of the head and we see a spot of blood as he lies on the ground. A man shoots at and hits a seagull and we see the bird dive into the ocean. We see a basin filled with blood-tinged water, we see some blood on a bandage on a man's head and some blood on a piece of paper. A woman hits a man in the face and on the shoulder. A man is shot in the stomach with a cannon ball and falls back onto a mattress (it's for entertainment). A man yells at another man, and a man and woman argue. A woman trips and falls. A man ransacks a room in a rage, leaving it in a shambles.
PROFANITY 5 - 1 mouthed F-word, 1 sexual reference, 3 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 18 mild obscenities, 9 religious profanities, 23 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory term for a Japanese person. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, jealousy, failure, infidelity, lust, the media, the 1920's movie industry, morality, discretion, cremation, deception.
MESSAGE - The rich and the famous are masters at hiding the truth.
(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol -- 1924 was during Prohibition -- smoking cigarettes and doing drugs.)