John Turturro's directorial debut is inspired by his own
family history. The story follows Mac Vitelli (played by Turturro), an Italian-American
carpenter, as he builds really solid-looking houses with his two brothers.
SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a boy are shown urinating; we see them from the
back. And, a man is shown sitting on a toilet with another man in the bathtub and another
shaving with a towel wrapped around his waist. Nothing is shown. An artist's model is
first shown strategically covered with a scarf, and later with slices of bread. Only her
naked back and legs are visible. A couple of naked male behinds are also shown. There are
a couple of sexual encounters: in one, a woman in a see-through negligee (only her behind
is visible) seduces her husband which results in groping, moaning and groaning. In the
film's most explicit sexual scene, a man and woman flirt on a bus, and the man ends up
rubbing against her, until he's conspicuously sexually gratified; both are fully clothed.
A man forcefully jumps on a woman, after talking sexually about flowers. Nothing happens.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man shown dead in a coffin, later appears to be talking
to three characters. A man threatens a boy over money, and there's some shouting,
name-calling and shoving. There are a couple of fights, which resemble wrestling matches.
There are few punches, though, and a few whacks with wood planks. There's no blood. A man
falls off a roof and we see him twisted on the ground.
PROFANITY 8 - 74 F-words and its derivations, approximately 17 scatological,
sexual and anatomical references and one profane gesture. Also some racist slurs. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Obsession, shop-lifting, honesty and integrity, promiscuity,
MESSAGE - Happiness is to love your job. One should always strive for
perfection in one's craft.