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Fair Game | 2010 | PG-13 | - 3.4.5

Based on the true story of CIA operative Varlerie Plame (Naomi Watts) whose identity was revealed by White House officials in an attempt to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), after he argued in a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece that Iraq did not have the means to create WMD. Also with Jessica Hecht, Ty Burrell, Brooke Smith and David Andrews. Directed by Doug Liman. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man jokes with a woman that he will accept payment of gratuitous sex, pulls her back and they kiss passionately; she then agrees with him and they continue to kiss. A man and woman kiss. A man and woman kiss and the man wraps his arms around her.
 A man rubs a woman's back as they lie in bed and she stands up and walks away. A man and woman are seen lying side by side in bed.
 A man parks a car and puts his hand on a woman's shoulder, he makes a remark that implies he wants to have sex with her, and she interrupts him. A woman jokingly asks another woman if she has lovers all over the world.
 We see the bare back of a shirtless young man. A woman is seen wearing a robe; no nudity is visible.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Throughout the movie, we see numerous televised reports of explosions, we see buildings being bombed (we do not see any bodies), fireballs coming from windows of buildings, and soldiers carrying guns as we hear shots fired.
 A man driving a car tries to back out of a street as gunfire is heard, he shouts at a boy in the passenger seat to duck down and we see small explosions and the obvious aftermath from explosions surrounding the car. A man rushes into a building as explosions and gunshots are heard; we see him, a woman and a group of children huddled in a hallway. A group of men are seen firing guns into the air at a funeral.
 We see footage of people wearing masks and gloves as they sort through mail, while a reporter discusses Anthrax scares. We see what appears to be television footage of bodies covered by white sheets lying on the ground.
 A man grabs a woman by the shoulders and shouts at her. Men and women shout at one another on multiple occasions, including a man shouting at a group of men. A woman shouts at two men, calling a third man a variety of names, and the man shouts back at the woman, calling her names and then storms out.
 Television reporters announce explosions and mention that five American soldiers and over 960 Iraqis have died. A woman gets a threatening phone call; we overhear the voice telling her that the caller is going to kill her, her husband and her children. A man announces in a television report that the threat level in America has risen to High. A television reporter announces that a man has been convicted of a crime and is going to jail, as a second man is possibly being charged with perjury. A woman nervously tells another woman how a man had been murdered, another man had been shot and that a third man was missing; she asks the woman for information. A woman asks a man about someone who had been killed. A woman asks another woman if she had killed anyone, and the woman says she cannot answer that question. A woman explains to a man that she received multiple death threats for herself and her family and when she asked for protection, she was turned down. A woman tells a man that during her job training she had a hood placed over her head and was bound at the wrists and feet, and placed in a jail cell and tortured along with four other people. We hear that a man had been held hostage, had appeared on television with a noose around his neck and risked his life to aid in the release of multiple other hostages. We hear that a man would rather kill a friend than let a person live in error. During an interview, a man implies that another man is putting 3 million plus lives at risk with his mathematical estimations. A man makes a remark that he would get off an airplane and call the police if he saw two men wearing turbans praying in an airplane. A woman talks about a man and that he could die or will be in a jail cell for the rest of his life due to his involvement with terrorism. A woman tells a man that a woman had two daughters that were taken in a car and never seen again. A man tells a woman that he would not know if she had died, or was in a ditch or in jail or being tortured. A man asks another man if his life had been threatened directly by someone. A man and a woman discuss how a bomb has been created and could destroy the world. A group of men and a woman discuss the creation of a nuclear bomb using illegally imported or smuggled goods. Television reports are heard, and President George W. Bush's State of the Union address, discussing how uranium has been purchased by Iraq and how it is going to be used to create weapons of mass destruction. Men and women discuss on multiple occasions the possibility of airplanes or trains being bombed or purposefully crashed by terrorists. A man tells a woman that a building is falling down because the government had bombed the area years earlier.
 A man notices unexplained bruises on a woman's arm. A woman appears to have trouble sleeping, shaking slightly and calling out.
 We hear a man gagging and coughing at a sink in a bathroom, and a second man steps out of a stall (we hear the toilet flush) and asks if the man is okay. A woman cries as she brushes her teeth; a small amount of toothpaste spittle drips onto her chin. Dirty black water pours from a water faucet a man turns on.
 A boy accidentally pulls a shelf off a bookcase; he is unharmed. A woman drops a mug on the ground and it shatters.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 2 F-words and its derivatives, 2 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, exclamations ("DFU," boondoggle), name-calling (liability, third rate, mediocre, a nobody, commie, racist, tool, monster, old man, liar, terrorist, incompetent, shameless self promoter, traitor, hack, fraud), 1 religious profanity, 8 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women are seen drinking beers and wine at a dinner party and at a restaurant. A man smokes cigars throughout the movie, and men are seen smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Iraq war, WMD, yellow cake uranium, justifications for war, Niger, the United Nations, the George W. Bush administration, CIA agents, Ambassadors, 9/11, exposing a secret identity, treason, justice, presidential pardons, divorce.

MESSAGE - You have to fight for what you believe in, although justice sometimes is not served due to political considerations. Revealing the identity of a CIA agent is tantamount to treason.

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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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