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(R, LL, V, S, NN, A, M, B) Romantic, high-ironic worldview with some reference to positive moral principles & Biblical elements; 1 profanity & 19 obscenities; brief mild violence, some slap-stick; strongly implied sexual promiscuity; adultery, with allusion to the perversion of bondage; partial nudity (women in lingerie); man urinating in the men's room; casual use of alcohol; various crimes represented, including murder by car bombing, blackmail, bribery, & theft; mild disparagement of blind people (jokes directed at them, blind man shown tripping and falling down), the elderly, & a slightly retarded salesperson; and, some positive virtues espoused along with a direct reference to the Seventh Commandment
CLEAN SLATE opens in Venice Beach, California in the unkempt quarters of a “small-time gumshoe,” Pogue (Dana Carvey). It is Monday morning, “a day he’ll never forget. Until tomorrow.” Since being thrown clear of a car-bombing, our hero has suffered memory loss. However, can he recover in time to testify in a murder case and to solve the mystery of the stolen ancient coin? Confusion and hilarity result as the mystery unfolds. Carvey pulls off some funny scenes throughout the film, particularly as the honored guest at his surprise birthday party, as a quick-thinking guest lecturer to an attentive museum audience and as a former baseball pitching great.
CLEAN SLATE espouses “blood, guts, patriotism and love” as the true virtues and encourages overcoming handicaps and believing in yourself. “Live every second to its fullest” is the rule by which its heroine thrives. Although Sarah chooses good over evil, she still falls prey with Pogue to confusing lust with love. When all is said and done, it is proven that crime doesn’t pay and that justice will reign, although the route to this agreeable morality is paved with seediness and tasteless humor Regrettably, the movie contains 19 obscenities and 1 profanity, mild violence, implied promiscuity, adultery, partial nudity, blackmail, bribery, and theft.
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