A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
A teenager murders a developmentally disabled boy. The movie's premise is very upsetting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug use, including heroin, drinking, smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has very mature themes. A teenager murders a developmentally disabled boy. Characters drink (reference to alcohol abuse), smoke, take drugs (a teenager is addicted to heroin), and use extremely strong language. There are sexual references and situations. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND is an overly plotted but beautifully acted movie. The script has the overheated, overblown, over-everything feel of an actor's exercise extravaganza. Each character has some major emotional challenge and it gets overloaded and distracting. But the individual moments, especially Gosling's performance, are sensitive and moving and the issues of the damage we inflict on ourselves and each other are worth examining, even less than successfully.
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