THE SCARLET LETTER is nothing like the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel. In the movie, Demi Moore plays a plain Hester Prynne sent ahead to America by her husband to establish a home. When she starts acting like a man by buying indentured servants and real estate, the people of Boston start talking. Soon, she starts flirting with Mr. Dimmesdale, the town preacher. When news arrives that Hester’s husband died in an Indian attack, the reverend ravishes Hester in her barn. When her pregnancy shows, she is locked away. After the birth of her daughter, Hester must wear a scarlet letter upon her breast. Hester’s husband arrives and vows to kill the offending man. When he kills a man posing as an Indian, the town decides to kill Hester, the minister, a group of witches, and some friendly Indians. At the last moment, the Indians come to their rescue.
THE SCARLET LETTER has the popular Demi Moore and the promise of a fine talent in a literary, tasteful movie. Audiences will soon discover, however, that this movie is neither literary, tasteful, moral, or entertaining. It is boring, immoral, gratuitous in sex and nudity, and a mockery of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece. In fact, it is a poorly produced, politically correct film promoting adultery and mocking Christianity.
(Ro, Ab, FR, RH, LL, VVV, SSS, NNN, D, M) Romantic worldview extolling adulterous affairs over biblical morality with anti-biblical portrayals of clergy & elders, revisionist historical account of early Boston & American Indian religious practices; 11 obscenities, 4 profanities & extensive blasphemous remarks; extreme violence including brutal battle scene with spurting blood, attempted rape, rape, candle burned into man's eye, cutting hands against pillory pole, vivid scalping, & torture of slave girl; depicted adulterous fornication & adulterous kisses; extensive nudity including full male, full female nudity & upper female nudity; lying, deceit & withholding evidence; positive & negative references to witchcraft; and, smoking