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Arlington Road | 1999 | R | - 2.7.5

A college professor who teaches a course on domestic terrorism begins to suspect that his seemingly normal neighbors are planning a deadly attack. With Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis, Robert Gossett, Spencer Treat Clark, Mason Gamble, Stanley Anderson and Mary Ashleigh Green. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Sexual innuendo and a couple of kisses. A woman in shorts and a tiny tank top gets into bed with a man and kisses him.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - We see a boy walking down the middle of a road, see blood dripping on his shoes and pants, then see his extremely bloody, charred hand and arm; a car nearly hits him (we learn he had been injured while playing with fireworks). A mostly slow-motion shootout scene during which a young boy and several adults are killed (we see lots of blood spray from the wounds as people are shot and we see a few bloody corpses); a woman holding up her bloody hands is shot by a woman holding a baby. We see a building explode, knocking several people down; twice, we see photographs and news footage of a building destroyed by a bomb and several slightly blurry shots of corpses (some bloody) and a very bloody-faced person. Some threatening with guns. Lots of reckless driving and a few car crashes; we see the aftermath of one accident and learn that someone was killed. A man holds another against a wall and a man throws another against a car and drags him into a room. Two men punch and kick each other; a man is repeatedly punched in the nose until it gets very bloody and then his chest is stepped on. We see a couple of people with blood on their faces and hands.

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LANGUAGE 5 - Four F-words, several scatological references, many mild obscenities and one insult.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Domestic terrorism, death of a loved one, murder, the FBI, manipulation, betrayal, deceit, paranoia.
MESSAGE - People aren't always who or what they claim to be; one person's acts of terrorism could really be the work of many.
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