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Molly's Game | 2017 | R | - 4.5.7

Based on true events in the life of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a competitive skier and Olympic hopeful who turned to hosting high-stakes poker games for the wealthy and was later pursued by the FBI. Also with Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd, J.C. MacKenzie, Brian d'Arcy James, Bill Camp and Graham Greene. Directed by Aaron Sorkin. [2:20]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman showers and we see her bare shoulders, part of her breast from behind and her back to the waist. A woman wearing a bikini top swims on her back in a pool and we see cleavage and her partial bare breast. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal varying degrees of cleavage from moderate to the upper abdomen in numerous scenes throughout the movie. Women in a nightclub wear skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage, part of their abdomen and part of their buttocks. A woman wears a low-cut tank top (it reveals cleavage, bare back and shoulders). A teen girl wears a tank top that reveals bare shoulders and cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut dress that is made of ruffles with flesh-colored fabric that looks as if her bare skin is showing through (cleavage and bare shoulders are clearly seen). A woman wears a tight-fitting dress that accentuates her figure. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and the outline of her nipples through the fabric. A woman wears an off-the-shoulder top that reveals bare shoulders and upper chest.
 A man kisses a woman in greeting.
 A man tells a woman, "I'm in love with you." A voiceover describes a woman's outfit as short-shorts and a wife beater. A reference is made to Playboy Playmates. A man tells a woman that he married, "young and dull." There are discussions about prostitution and sex for money. A father tells his adult daughter that he knew that she knew he was being unfaithful to her mother when she was young.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man shoves a woman into her apartment when she opens the door to him, he slams her against a wall, punches her, and puts a gun to her mouth before hitting her in the head with the gun and kicking her when she falls to the floor; we see her with blood on her face and bruises later as she heals (we also see her wrapping tape around her ribs). A woman showers and we see blood running down her bare back.
 A skier flips, loses a ski and lands hard on her head; we see her lying unconscious and with blood on her face (she walks away from the accident). A surgical theater is shown with a patient's back open and exposing the spinal column with metal rods and screws visible (we see bloody tissue and bone) as a voiceover explains that a girl was suffering from advanced scoliosis. A woman skates on a public ice rink and goes very fast until she runs into another skater and knocks her down; two men take the first women off the ice.
 A video shows a man slamming another man into a table. Many FBI agents hold guns on a woman and call out for her to walk slowly with her hands up until they press her against a wall and handcuff her. People walk through metal detectors in a courthouse.
 A man yells at two other men in a room and talks about explicit texts from CEOs, and references to someone being too black "for your liking." A woman and her father argue in several scenes. A man and his pre-teen daughter argue in a few scenes. A man tells a woman that her dress and shoes are ugly. A man is disparaging to a woman who works for him. A man tells a woman who works for him that he is not going to pay her anymore and they argue. A woman talks about having creative differences with her boss. A wife yells at her husband on the telephone and accuses him of cheating and lying. A woman describes a goddess of magic (Circe) who turned men into swine. A man says, "I'm hiring someone to kill them. They're going to suffer." A woman says that a man hanged himself in the shower. A woman says that she is a felon and that she will never vote again.
 We hear that a ski run is taking place in 3 below zero weather with high winds and low visibility. A young girl skies on moguls and complains of pain in her back. We hear that a man is going broke and that he is over-leveraged. A man makes a comment about spitting at something.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 22 F-words and its derivatives (one is spelled out in a text message), 12 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (cocktail waitress, shady, moron, weak, nit-wit, loser, unimportant, ugly dress, ugly shoes, hot shot, idiot, misogynist, decadent man cave, out of your mind, poor people bagels, victim of circumstance, Poker Princess, Tiny Tim, ill-informed, superior air, Cinemax version of myself, lemon head, nuts, trashy, imbecile, trust fund kids, old man, irresponsible), 1 religious profanity (GD), 2 religious exclamations (Jesus Christ, God Forbid).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman takes pills in several scenes and lists the types of drugs that she became addicted to (cocaine, Adderall, etc.), a woman prepares a pile of cocaine on a table and admits to using the drug, a woman describes herself as being high all the time, and a woman says that she is 2 years clean. A few nightclub scenes show men and women drinking alcohol, people in a nightclub drink shots around a table, men drink alcohol in several poker game scenes, a woman drinks wine and smokes a cigarette, a video shows a woman pouring a bottle of alcohol on herself, people toast with glasses of champagne, and people drink wine and beer at gaming tables in a large room. Men smoke cigarettes and cigars in several poker game scenes, people smoke cigarettes at gaming tables in a large room, and a woman smokes cigarettes in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Professional sports, Olympic contenders, winning, losing, parental pressure, illegal gambling, sophistication, the Russian mob, the FBI, FBI tactics, The Crucible, the wealthy, shame, gambling addiction, drug addiction, over achievers, emancipation, oppression, Sigmund Freud, cheating, destroying lives, hedge funds, racketeering, bookmaking, divorce, securities fraud, respect, identity, justice, power, risk, Ponzi schemes, tax lien, coercion, divesting, breakdowns, ego infidelity, controlling powerful men, the justice system, perfection, the psychological toll of failure, trust.

MESSAGE - If you're tough enough and resolute and smart you can survive both the Mafia and the FBI.

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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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