NOISE

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Release Date: May 09, 2008

Starring: Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, William Hurt, Margarita Levieva, and William Baldwin

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Adults

Rating: NR

Runtime: 93 minutes

Distributor: THINKFilm

Director: Henry Bean

Executive Producer: Paul De Souza and Daniel Diamond

Producer: Henry Bean and Susan Hoffman

Writer: Henry Bean

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Content:

(RoRo, H, B, Ho, LLL, VV, SS, NNN, A, DD, M) Strong Romantic worldview with some liberal humanist leanings but not without some provocative moral elements, plus implied lesbian homosexuality in one scene; 49 obscenities, four strong profanities and one light profanity; strong sometimes comical violence includes busting many car windshields, hitting many cars with clubs, cutting wires to car alarms, hitting other alarms with clubs, and throwing a rock through a window; strong sexual content includes implied fornication in two scenes, implied married sex in one scene, passionate kissing in bed, married couple lie in bed, unmarried couple lie in bed, implied threesome, two scenes with very strong sexual language, and man narrating story mentions his sexual impotence; upper female nudity and obscured full female nudity in one scene, plus a few shots with upper or rear male nudity; alcohol use; smoking and marijuana use; and, vandalism is justified but not justified too, mayor employs dirty political trick, married couple separates, lying.

Summary:

NOISE stars Tim Robbins as a lawyer in New York City who tries to get rid of all the car alarms going off at all hours of the day, by fair means and foul ones. NOISE is provocative and often hilarious, but some excessively offensive content ruins its otherwise good material.

Review:

The premise of NOISE is very funny, enjoyable and thought-provoking, but it comes with gratuitous foul language, brief graphic sexual dialogue and very explicit nudity in one scene.

The movie stars Tim Robbins as David Owen, a lawyer in New York City who gets very angry at all the car alarms going off at all hours of the day. David starts taking matters in his own hands, but he gets arrested three times. Because of the arrests, and David’s uncontrollable anger about the alarms, David’s company fires him and his wife kicks him out of their apartment.

David gets a low-rent apartment on the dingy side of town, where the car alarms and other noises are even worse. David goes on a personal crusade as the Rectifier, destroying as many loud annoying alarms as he can find. Only this time he knows better how to avoid the police. The mayor gets extremely upset with this new vigilante, refusing to do anything about the noise in the city.

Then, a younger woman, a Russian immigrant, uncovers David’s identity. They begin a sexual relationship. Eventually, she convinces David to start a petition drive for a referendum against the annoying car alarms. David gives up his vigilante activities for this new hope, but the awful mayor has a couple tricks up his sleeve. That leads to a side-splittingly funny confrontation.

NOISE is often hilarious. Its premise in favor of social action is also provocative, though perhaps liberals may be more inspired by it than others. Be that as it may, there are implied sex scenes between David and his mistress, including one with another woman. Those two scenes contain graphic sexual language. Also, one of the scenes has some shots of full and upper female nudity. Finally, NOISE contains lots of gratuitous obscenities, especially a liberal use of the “f” word. A great premise and some wonderfully funny comedy are ruined by all this excessive, gratuitous content. In effect, David’s problems with his sexual impotence are resolved by the petition drive (a more worthwhile example of social action than his vigilante attacks on car alarms), but the movie’s sexual metaphors for this theme are done in an offensive, obscene manner that wasn’t necessary. Once again, liberals show that they can’t make a potentially valid sociopolitical point without offending most of America, the 135 million people who go to church on a regular basis.

In Brief:

NOISE stars Tim Robbins as David Owen, a lawyer in New York City who gets very angry at the car alarms going off throughout the day. David starts taking matters in his own hands, but he gets arrested three times. Because of the arrests, David’s company fires him and his wife kicks him out of their apartment. David gets a low-rent apartment on the dingy side of town, where the car alarms and other noises are even worse. He goes on a personal crusade as the Rectifier, destroying as many annoying alarms as he can find. David begins an affair with a younger woman, who convinces him to start a petition drive instead. The devious mayor has some tricks up his sleeve, however.

NOISE is often hilarious. Its premise in favor of social action is inspiring. Regrettably, there are implied sex scenes between David and his mistress, including one with another woman. Those two scenes contain graphic sexual language. Also, one of the scenes includes slightly obscured images of full female nudity. Finally, NOISE contains many gratuitous obscenities. All of this excessively offensive content ruins some good material otherwise.