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Breach | 2007 | PG-13 | - 6.4.5

Drama based on the real-life story of former FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who was responsible for selling U.S. military secrets to the Soviets over many years: Agent Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe) is ostensibly working for Hanssen (Chris Cooper), while his real mission is to collect evidence that can be used to indict him for espionage. Also with Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert and Bruce Davison. Directed by Billy Ray. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man watches a videotape of a husband and wife having sex (we see thrusting, we hear the woman moaning and we see the man's bare back).
 A husband and wife kiss, they lie back on a bed, continue kissing and we hear that the woman enjoys rough sex (the scene ends). A husband and wife kiss and hug.
 A woman wears a low-cut nightgown that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and bare back and her husband sits on a bed next to her. A husband and wife lie in bed together, they snuggle and kiss and she wears a top that reveals cleavage.
 A man watches a movie on his computer and remarks about the actress being very appealing (we see a scene where the woman is pulling a sheet up over her and she is presumably nude).
 People talk about a man being a sexual deviant and that he "posts lurid material on a website." We hear that a man likes "strippers." A man talks angrily about people defending gay marriage and homosexuality. A man makes a remark about a woman being beautiful and another man reprimands him because he is married. A man makes a derogatory remark about presuming that another man would be masturbating in his office.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two men are shot in the back of the head as they walk down a hallway, we hear the shots, see them both convulse and fall to the ground, and we see one lying in a pool of blood later.
 A man pulls a gun out of his sock and begins shooting around another man, nearly hitting him, and they yell at each other. The trunk of a man's car is filled with weapons and ammunition.
 A man is frisked and handcuffed. A man threatens another man. A man is verbally abusive to subordinates. A husband yells at his wife and slams a bottle of alcohol on a table.
 There are several scenes where people are almost discovered while searching through items that belong to a man who returns unexpectedly. A woman yells at a man on a street and they are photographed.
 We hear that a man was sentenced to life in prison and that he was responsible for revealing the identities of secret agents, which led to their executions. We hear that a woman enjoys rough sex. We are told that a man's mother suffers from Parkinson's disease. A man makes a disparaging remark about Senator Hillary Clinton, in terms of her wearing pant suits. People talk about the collapse of the Soviet Empire and a man blames it on their being godless. A man talks angrily about people defending gay marriage and homosexuality.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 6 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (cocky, imbecile, idiot), 1 religious profanity, 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol, a husband yells at his wife and slams a bottle of alcohol on a table, and a woman has a bottle of wine on the table for dinner. A man talks about FBI agents not being allowed to drink because they are always on duty, a man talks about his favorite alcoholic beverage, and a woman says that she and her husband met in a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Espionage, Robert Hanssen, the FBI, the CIA, trust, competition, success, Russian/U.S. relations, cooperation, ego, protocol, male chauvinism, faith, devout faith, atheism, homosexuality, arrogance, living up to father's expectations, pornography, isolation, testing people, playing the game, politicking, respect, admiration, being judged by others, high profile cases, expectations, Parkinson's Disease.

MESSAGE - People are not always what they seem.

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