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(H, B, LL, NNN, SSS, VV, A/D) Humanist worldview with some positive references to God and: approximately 23 obscenities & 2 profanities; male & female nudity (no genitalia visible); adulterous sexual relationships, masturbation, & graphic scenes of fornication; woman thrown to her death from hi-rise balcony, woman slain with knife & man killed in gunfight; and, woman sniffing cocaine.
The movie SLIVER, sort of an updated electronic version of Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW, focuses on a new tenant’s experiences inside a jinxed hi-rise apartment complex in downtown Manhattan where a number of people have died mysteriously. The new tenant, Carly Norris (Sharon Stone), is a book editor and soon becomes sexually involved with two men: the building’s owner and a fellow tenant. The story revolves around the psycho-sexual dynamic of these three individuals. Before long, Carly learns that the voyeuristic owner has cameras in every apartment and watches the tenants’ most intimate activities. Although Carly disapproves the owner’s surveillance of his tenants, she also spends hours watching the “real life” soap opera herself (at least initially), mesmerized by the secret worlds of her neighbors.
The ad line for SLIVER, “You like to watch, don’t you?” conjures up crude images of sleazy voyeurs watching lewd exhibitionists, which is just about all that this ill-conceived sexual thriller has to offer. Not only is this film reprehensible from a moral viewpoint with its graphic sexual couplings, but the stale characterizations and illogical plot fail to create a story that is either believable or suspenseful. The acting, ham-strung because of its mediocre dialogue and hopeless plot, is tepid and unchallenging.