Patricia Arquette plays an atheist who becomes possessed by
stigmata after receiving a rosary from her mother. With Mark Adair-Rios, Gabriel Byrne,
Tom Hodges, Patrick Muldoon, Nia Long and Steven Jonathan Pryce. [1:42]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman begin to undress each other and then have
sex (both are naked but covered by a sheet; we never see any nudity). We see a man and a
woman (both clothed) holding each other in bed; we also see them kiss a couple of times.
Prostitutes grab their clothed breasts and one shows her backside (she's wearing
thong underwear). The camera scans a naked woman's body while she's in the tub
(her knees and arms shield her genitalia and breasts); we also see a woman in her bra
looking in the mirror and a woman lying in bed with a sheet over her.
VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - There are numerous flashbacks scenes of the following:
spikes being hammered into a woman's wrists and feet with blood squirting out; blood
dripping down a woman's face (from a crown of thorns piercing her forehead); slashes
on a woman's back covered with blood (from being whipped). A woman drops a tiny baby
on the street and it is implied that it is run over by a car. A subway train goes out of
control, during which a woman is whipped, cut and slashed by an invisible force (lots of
blood is seen). A woman cuts her arms and stabs her wrists with a knife. We see a needle
injected into a woman and the blood flows through some clear tubes. A woman levitates and
hangs in the air as if hanging on a cross. We see a dead body in a coffin, and blood runs
over this image on the screen. A man tries to choke a woman to death and a woman slams a
man into a wall, a mirror and through a glass door. Flames engulf a room in a convent;
statues of Mary begin to burn and people nearly get burned. We see a close-up of cuts
being stitched together and numerous close-ups of a possessed woman's face, which is
scarred with cuts and bruises. We see many shots of a woman's bloodstained bandaged
wrists. A woman finds blood on her hands and wrists, and sees blood in water. A statue of
the Virgin Mary cries tears of blood and a woman cries tears of blood. Many pictures and
images of the crucifixion.
PROFANITY 5 - About 5 F-words, a couple of anatomical references and mild
obscenities. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religion, science, faith, Roman Catholicism, possession,
exorcism, pregnancy, sex, death, deception.
MESSAGE - Institutionalized religion cannot be trusted, for "the
kingdom of God is inside you, not inside buildings made of wood and stone."
(Note: Christians, Roman Catholics in particular, may find that this movie
disparages Catholicism and organized religion: Priests kiss, lie, deceive and almost kill.
Also the movie states there are 35 gospels, not four, all are "memories, dreams,
reflections" of Jesus and there is no true gospel.)