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Rated X
     

Rated X

4.5 2

Cast: Charlie Sheen, Rafer Weigel, Megan Ward

 
Emilio Estevez directs himself and his brother Charlie Sheen in Rated X, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary

Overview

Emilio Estevez directs himself and his brother Charlie Sheen in Rated X, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Estevez and Sheen, interviews, filmographies, and a still photo gallery. This is a strong release from Showtime.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Martin Sheen progeny Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen -- the original cinematic Men at Work -- reunite in front of and behind the camera for Rated X, an appropriately sordid true-life tale of another pair of cinematic brothers, Jim and Artie Mitchell, the San Francisco porn kings whose empire was destroyed by narcotics. There is genuine fraternal energy between Estevez and Sheen driving the film, which seems at times like a Boogie Nights knockoff/homage. (Indeed, entire shots from director Paul Thomas Anderson's film are repeated almost verbatim here). A film student in San Francisco in the late '60s, Jim Mitchell (Estevez) witnesses the local tableau of drug-induced sexual liberation, and decides to turn a profit by filming this hippie titillation. With his younger brother Artie (Sheen) in tow as business partner, the Mitchells buy a theater and establish themselves as Northern California's kings of smut, capping their rise with Behind the Green Door, a nearly silent film that made Marilyn Chambers a star. Their downfall begins with the production of a hilarious, hallucinogenic, unintelligible pornographic rendering of Sodom and Gomorrah (involving UFOs) and catalyzes with Artie's nonstop cocaine snorting, which leaves him distraught and paranoid. Brotherly bonds shine through the debauchery, with Estevez showing surprising restraint in his performance and Sheen -- a self-proclaimed wild man -- giving his blow-based tantrums a shocking, method-like quality.
All Movie Guide
Brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez always do well together onscreen; just check out their hilarious bickering in the underrated Men at Work. Like that film, Estevez directed Rated X, his adaptation of David McCumber's biography of porn kings Jim and Artie Mitchell. Here, there's an extra trait to link them in brotherhood, beyond the uncanny physical resemblance; both Sheen and Estevez sport ridiculous bald caps, the sheer artificiality of which makes it impossible to take seriously their depraved cocaine benders and violent rages. The whole film suffers from such surface flaws. Rated X thinks it's a decades-spanning tableau of the at-times glamorous, at-times tawdry, always narratively rich world of porn filmmaking, on the order of Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights. But this small film can't hide its modest Showtime roots -- it has the inescapable aura of a TV movie, which is basically what it is, despite that Sundance screening. Sheen deserves credit for acting out drug binges that may have unfolded similarly in his own checkered past, but the scenes aren't anything we haven't seen in a dozen episodes of E: True Hollywood Stories. The problem also is that Jim and Artie Mitchell weren't particularly interesting either as showmen or human beings, so their story just lies there, flat, onscreen. Sheen and Estevez do complement each other well, but none of the other elements of this scattershot production can claim the same thing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
UPC:
0758445103120
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Showtime Ent.
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
33,018

Special Features

Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen commentary track; Filmographies; Interview segments; Still gallery; Closed captioning

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlie Sheen Artie Mitchell
Emilio Estevez Jim Mitchell
Rafer Weigel Lionel
Megan Ward Meredith
Terry O'Quinn J.R. Mitchell
Danielle Brett Adrienne
Nicole deBoer Karen Mitchell
Deborah Grover Georgia Mae
Peter Bogdanovich Film Professor
Rodger Barton Detective Solly Weiner
Geoffrey Blake Michael Kennedy
Jeff Mallory George McDonald

Technical Credits
Emilio Estevez Director
Craig Bassett Editor
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Dick Berg Producer
John Dondertman Production Designer
Stephanie Gorin Casting
David Hollander Screenwriter
David Hollander Screenwriter
Beth Klein Casting
Noreen Landry Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Meredith Screenwriter
Laurie Mirsky Asst. Director
Lisa Niedenthal Co-producer
Paul Sarossy Cinematographer
Brendan Smith Set Decoration/Design
Norman Snider Screenwriter
John J. Thomson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Scene Index.
0. Scene Index.
0. Menu Group #1 with 26 chapter(s) covering 01:54:57
1. Brothers-a Lesson Learned [6:40]
2. San Francisco State-1967 [3:23]
3. Stage "a" [4:33]
4. O'farrell Theater, 1970 [4:16]
5. "we're Filmmakers" [3:23]
6. Wedding Day [1:07]
7. Busted [4:32]
8. Day In Court [5:27]
9. Marlyn Discovered [6:24]
10. "something Wrong With You" [3:12]
11. "green Door" Premier [5:11]
12. Pirated Film [4:07]
13. Goodbye Artie [7:42]
14. Another Wedding [4:03]
15. Goodbye Dad [5:31]
16. New O'farrell Theater 1978 [5:08]
17. Back In Court [2:57]
18. Cape Cod, Mass [3:32]
19. Suspicion [5:40]
20. Welcome Back [8:49]
21. Corte Madera, Ca 1990 [4:43]
22. A Rainy Night [5:30]
23. Late Night Visit [4:37]
24. Credits [4:07]

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Rated X 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE WAS GREAT, I REALLY LIKED IT NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE PORN, IT WAS WELL WRITEN!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago