A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Characters in peril, dead body, guns, characters killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit sexual references and situations.
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Some very strong language including "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, smoking, drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of mature material, including explicit sexual references and situations, very strong language, and violence. Characters are in peril and some are badly injured or killed. Characters drink and smoke cigarettes and marijuana. While some characters exhibit racism, a strength of the movie is the loyal and respectful relationships between people of different races and its own frank portrayal of issues of race and class. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A movie about a dim, rich, conservative political candidate named "Pilager" who finds a corpse on the end of his fishing line when he is making a commercial is not going for subtlety. Did I mention that the family fortune started with manure? Do I need to tell you about the dead fish in the lake?
This is certainly lesser Sayles, shrill, cluttered, even a little silly in its heavy-handedness. But it's still watchable, with beautifully understated performances. If Sayles fails in his insights on the political side, he still knows how to create a dozen characters we want to spend time with and dialogue it is a pleasure to hear.
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