What You Need To Know:
(LLL, VV, NNN, SSS, A/D, M) 37 obscenities & 7 profanities; graphic sexual battery, fist fights, knife fights & shootings; complete female nudity (frequent) & pornographic photos; explicit rape scenes, flashbacks of paternal rape and physical abuse, & forced sexual acts; and, breaking and entering, theft, alcohol consumption, & kidnapping.
LOVE CRIMES explores the psychological myth that women secretly want to be raped. Believing that his exploits liberate women from their inhibitions, David Hanover poses as a magazine photographer and rapes 27 ladies in Atlanta, also taking pornographic photos of them. Several ladies come forward to discuss their ordeal with Dana Greenway, the female district attorney. Unbelievably, the victims conclude that Hanover helped liberate them. The story continues as Hanover moves on to Savannah, Georgia, to prey upon another woman. When she turns up badly maimed, Greenway poses as a school teacher to entrap him.
Of course, LOVE CRIMES is more exploitative than insightful. The film doesn’t explore Hanover’s pathology nor does it present corrective or preventative measures. Instead, it indulges in graphic sexual battery and nudity. Whether or not LOVE CRIMES is taken seriously, the message that “rape liberates” is absurd. The act is a violent crime against women. In the Old Testament, rape was a crime punishable by death (Deuteronomy 22: 25-27). Even if society refuses to enact that law, a good place to start would be abolishing films that glorify rape.