A US Army Sgt. (Miles Teller) returns after three tours of Iraqi War duty in 2007, suffering from PTSD. Finding he is unable to reintegrate himself into life with his wife (Haley Bennett) and young children, he connects with other veterans who have lingering brain trauma and fights red tape and long waiting lists to secure the help they need. Also with Beula Koale, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Brad Beyer and Scott Hayes. Directed by Jason Hall. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in a Samoan dialect with English subtitles. [1:48]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman wearing a short negligee (revealing significant cleavage) and panties kisses her shirtless husband passionately and they lie on a bed; the camera cuts to their faces as the woman thrusts up and down on the man and the bed shakes and creaks until a gunshot rings out and blood splashes from the back of the woman's head to cover the ceiling (the man is hallucinating and he shouts and gets up, panicking and we see his bare chest and abdomen). A shirtless man kisses a clothed woman, picks her up and places her on a bed and lies on top of her as the scene ends (sex is implied). A man and a woman kiss briefly in three scenes.
► A woman says that she wants to have a baby.
► Two women wear scoop neck blouses that reveal cleavage. A man has a few tattoos on his upper back and we see him shirtless three times. We see a close-up of a man's abdomen while he sings.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A Humvee shakes as an explosion occurs nearby, throwing up dust and dirt as we hear a loud bang; automatic gunfire sounds in the background as four soldiers exit the vehicle, enter a building and walk on the roof as a gunshot pierces the helmet and enters the skull of one soldier (we see a large bleeding hole behind the ear); his sergeant carries him downstairs as blood covering the victim's head drips into the sergeant's face and mouth and the sergeant falls and drops the victim on his back, his eyes open, his body unmoving (we hear that the victim required surgery that removed two inches of his brain) and in a long shot, the sergeant vomits yellow material into the gutter outside.
► A man that we hear was blown up by seven IEDs but shows no injuries returns home to find his house completely empty, his bank account closed, and his fiancée and daughter gone; he confronts her at her workplace and when she tells him to leave, he faces her, pulls out his handgun and shoots himself through the temple (blood sprays as he falls below the frame and the scene abruptly ends before the woman can make a sound). A soldier with his face obscured is carried from a Humvee into a medical tent and a man gives him CPR in a background shot; we hear that the soldier died after having taken the place of another man on the mission.
► A man agrees to deliver a car to the parking lot of a bar and leave it; when he opens the trunk he finds many military rifles, handguns and rounds of ammo as an SUV pulls up and two men shoot at him; he escapes, hides behind a car and prays silently until two police cruisers arrive and the first man escapes.
► An illegal pit bull fight features barking dogs, one dog biting the neck of another dog and the camera cuts to a man carrying a bloody dog away, its chest and stomach streaming blood; another man walks to a patch of dirt away from the area and finds the dog has been tossed there to die (we hear it whimpering); we see the man and a friend with the dog in a garage where they are sewing up wounds and an IV bag hangs from a shelf (we see the needle and thread stitching the wounds closed in close-ups).
► A veteran plays a war video game with automatic gunfire and explosions and the apartment fills with smoke from food left cooking on the stove; the man has a vision of a soldier walking toward him, screaming and the veteran goes on a rampage, destroying furniture, walls, and a door in the apartment until his frightened pregnant wife calls the police and the camera cuts to him being released from jail and walking along a street, barefoot. A man falls asleep with a baby in his arms and drops it on the floor; we see the baby roll out of bed to below the frame and we hear a thud and the camera cuts to the baby on the floor, crying.
► Noises bother a man at a food court and he imagines a man in army fatigues approaching him, screaming very loudly. A man sits in his pickup at night with a shotgun pointed underneath his chin and almost shoots, but does not. Two army vets hunt at night with night vision goggles and we see them load large rifles with bullets; one man walks through the forest and thinks he sees another man with a rifle coming toward him and hears a gunshot (he is imagining this); he tells his friend that he needs to get professional help. A man in a pickup truck pounds the steering wheel and we see a brief funeral in a national cemetery that has hundreds of white grave markers. A man tells a doctor that he often has a hallucination and has a nightmare of a man on fire and remembers the smell from combat. We hear that 22 US veterans commit suicide daily and hundreds of thousands of veterans are on years-long waiting lists for medical treatment, especially psychiatric treatment programs. We hear that a soldier had his lips blown off in an IED explosion. A man says that an Army officer once tortured a dog and two men tortured him afterwards. An army officer tells a veteran not to apply for veterans' benefits for injuries, because it will make the Big Army look bad. A man tells another man that he often tastes an army buddy's blood that dripped into his mouth during a mission.
► A man visits a recovering veteran at a rundown home in an isolated area and we see the veteran has a long L-shaped scar on one side of his skull; the first man helps him into elastic bandages that support his arm and a brace that supports his leg, also helping him walk by holding him up; in a field of tall grass, the veteran says he must urinate and we see the two men from the chest up with one holding the other upright (we do not hear or see urine). A veteran speaks with a friend's widow and tells her that her husband died when he took his place on a mission; she tells him that her husband would want him to go on living. We hear that three male veterans have traumatic brain injury, one of the men has severe memory problems, all three have PTSD and admit to feeling suicidal at times and this is worsened by noises; one man argues loudly with a VA clerk about the 6-to-18-month waiting list to receive mental health treatment. A man who is missing a hand is shown with his uniform sleeve empty. A woman shouts, "How did my husband die?" and receives no answer. Two married couples argue briefly. A pregnant woman calls her husband from the hospital with a message that she is in labor with complications; he rushes to the hospital and arrives to find her sitting up and holding their baby. A husband and his wife argue after the man hallucinates during a sexual encounter and he agrees to seek professional help. A man goes to a treatment center several states away.
► A male driver who may be under the influence of Ecstasy (please see the Substance Use category for more details) speeds erratically and screeches his tires to avoid hitting a man who pounds a fist on the car hood before walking away. A woman in a pickup truck shouts at traffic, speeds, and weaves in and out of traveling cars on a two-lane highway. A man with a paralyzed arm and leg drives a car fast on a country road. At a race track, loud stock cars race, and people shout to be heard. A boy points a finger at a soldier and pretends to shoot him. A man punches another man on the shoulder. A man kicks a wall in his garage in anger.
► At a crowded VA clinic where 298 men wait for help, a man empties a bag of urine into a large soda cup; two other men have artificial legs and another man has both an artificial hand (a double hook) and leg. A man brushes his teeth violently and creates foam, but he does not spit it out.
PROFANITY 10 - About 98 F-words and its derivatives, 10 sexual references, 29 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (stupid, silly bum-bum, princess, fat, bastard, Captain Careful), 2 religious profanities (GD, [F-word deleted] Christ), 4 religious exclamations (Oh My God, God, God Knows, Jesus). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man admits to a doctor that he takes Somax and Profenolol, a man buys drugs and asks for Ecstasy "for pain" but finds none, a man tells another man to get Oxycontin from the VA but the man says that his paperwork does not list him as serving on the missions when he was injured, we see a man with a dazed look on his face in front of blurring lights that suggests he is under the influence of Ecstasy, a man says that he was arrested for drug possession four times, and a man holds an unmarked prescription bottle and swallows a few tablets from it. Three men drink from beer bottles in a tavern, a man on a hunting trip holds a flask (he does not drink), two women hold glasses of wine and we see two short glasses of amber liquor on a bar top while a man drinks from a beer bottle after a funeral, a man drinks from a beer can and from a beer bottle at home, a man drinks from a beer bottle outside a house, and two men drink from beer bottles on a porch. A man smokes a cigarette on a porch, and a man constantly chews gum to avoid smoking.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, lack of services to wounded warriors, bureaucracy, chronic under-funding of the Veteran's Administration, PTSD, asking for help, self-blame, guilt, regret, helping others, having a purpose, sacrifice, mental health, relationships, friendship, love, honesty, pride, respect, starting over.
MESSAGE - The US Veterans Administration needs better oversight, additional staff, and better-qualified medical professionals to treat the hundreds of thousands of wounded veterans on long waiting lists.