Parents' Guide to

Silver City

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drama is too intense for kids and young teens.

Movie R 2004 133 minutes
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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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