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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's always a chance for redemption -- if you're willing to be honest with yourself.
Positive Role Models
Elizabeth is smart, driven, ruthless, and callous. But she's also good at what she does and is capable of assessing herself honestly and attempting to remedy an injustice.
Violence & Scariness
Much talk of gun violence and its deadly toll; a character is shot at by a stranger, who's later gunned down. Lots of loud arguing, which sometimes includes name-calling. Men try to take down a woman with near-fanatical (and clearly sexist) glee.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple has sex; no outright nudity, but it's clear what they're doing. Frank discussion between an escort and a client.
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"S--t," "bulls--t," "crap," "damn," "bitch," "dick," "ass," "hell," and "f--k" are used, as is the slur "retarded."
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Products & Purchases
Plenty of products/brands seen or mentioned, including Apple, Dell, Lexus, Nutella, Google, and CNN.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking, social and otherwise. A character relies on psychactive drugs to keep her going.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Miss Sloane is a drama (with some thriller elements) that centers on a mega-successful lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) who doesn't think twice about skirting the law to get her clients what they need. The movie deals with heavy, mature themes and material, including lobbying restrictions, political and corporate machinations, and gun control, as well as addiction. Expect plenty of swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") as well as drinking, pill popping, a steamy love scene, and plenty of frank talk about sex. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Chastain is singularly responsible for elevating this film from a just-OK political drama/thriller to a compelling one. She expresses so much with just a quiver of her eyelid or a deep breath. When she's onscreen, you can hardly take your eyes off her. Never mind that sometimes the wonky dialogue gets so dense that you need a weed-whacker to get through it, or the scene plotting so circuitous that you really could use a map.
These complaints aside, Miss Sloane is supremely watchable, albeit confusing in parts. The strong ensemble helps, led by the confident Mark Strong as Elizabeth's boss and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a new colleague with something to hide. And in the end, the story feels urgent, relevant, and, yes, necessary.
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