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Antitrust | 2001 | PG-13 | - 2.5.5

Tim Robbins stars as a Bill Gates-like software tycoon whose corporation goes about being number one in the industry by any means necessary; Ryan Phillippe co-stars as an idealistic computer genius. Also with Rachael Leigh Cook, Claire Forlani, Tygh Runyan, Ned Bellamy, Douglas McFerran, Zahf Hajee, Scott Bellis, Nate Dushku, Tyler Labine and Julie McDowell. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A couple is shown in bed (she's sleeping) with their bare shoulders exposed. And a couple kisses in bed; he's shirtless and she is in a tank T-shirt. There are a couple of other quick kisses. A woman puts her finger in a man's mouth suggestively. Several women are seen in cleavage revealing evening gowns, and a woman is briefly seen in her bra. We read an employee's personnel file which includes details about her having been molested as a child by her father -- there are allusions to the same subject in a conversation later.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A brutal scene depicting the beating of a man to death (we hear he dies after the beating) by baseball bat is shown several times, in varying detail: once "live" (including the destruction of computers and other office equipment) and the other times on video. A couple of thugs break some glass to get through a door, then break down another door and threaten several people with guns. There's a chase through a TV studio with stuff falling and breaking and people being knocked around. A man breaks through a glass pane and knocks a man off his feet. A man is kicked in the face and falls backward and down stairs. A man is shown during a life-threatening allergic reaction; he's seen on a stretcher with tubes in his nose and evidently gasping for air; an allergy test patch on his arm is also shown in close-up (swollen, blotchy, red marks). A man scratches his arm with a fork until it bleeds. We see a montage of the faces of young men and women with the words "programmer murdered" written in red across them. A bomb explodes in a closet blowing off the door. A man yells angrily in a couple of scenes; he also throws a book. A man drives recklessly and acts out of control with fear and rage. There are a few tense scenes where a character is nearly caught while trespassing. A couple is shown building a bomb on their kitchen table.


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LANGUAGE 5 - One F-word (uttered in a particularly boisterous manner), half a dozen scatological terms, a handful of anatomical references, several racial slurs (written and spoken), many insults, several religious vulgarities, and some milder obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Competition, predatory business practices, monopolies, fascism, manipulation, murder, friendship, racism, hate crimes, trust, betrayal, and the real world vs. the virtual world of bytes and bits.

MESSAGE - Anything is possible and everybody has a price. Human knowledge belongs to the world.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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