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Money Monster | 2016 | R | - 5.5.10

A self-absorbed TV host (George Clooney) delivers stock tips, until a distraught truck driver (Jack O'Connell) that lost everything based on the host's bad advice holds him hostage, on air, at gunpoint. The show's producer (Julia Roberts) frantically calls for help, while the host digs for answers to his failed tips, turning the program into a different sort of reality show. Also with Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Christopher Denham and Giancarlo Esposito. Directed by Jodie Foster. There are a few lines of dialogue in Korean that are not translated. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman are seen wearing long sleeved shirts and no trousers while she is standing against the wall of a closet and he is thrusting; she shouts and moans (we see their bare thighs) and they stop moving as a phone rings and they put on their trousers.
 A few seconds of film footage shows the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction -- her breast is pixelated. Two women dancers on TV wear low-cut bikini tops that reveal jiggling cleavage under jackets and wear waist-high tight-fitting panties and they writhe to music (we see bare midriffs and bare legs). An unmarried pregnant woman has a large belly stretching her long sweater.
 A married man kisses another woman briefly. A man kisses the top of a woman's head.
 A man shows another man an unmarked tube of erection cream that should raise the company stock price and the second man tells him to try it; we later see the first man's feet under a restroom stall, and hear him say that the cream worked from "0 to 60 in 20 seconds," and another man on the phone asks if he was getting hard from the cream.
 We hear that a man has been divorced three times. A man makes a suggestive hand gesture of masturbation briefly. A man says that a woman told him he has a penis where his brain should be. A man says the first number on his speed dial is an escort service. A woman on a TV screen tells her boyfriend in a TV studio, "You're a bitch, you cry when we [F-word deleted]!" A man says, "Suck my QVC." A man tells an audience that he is in love with a stock, but not sexually, because it's trending graph has voluptuous curves. A man says another man has a pregnant girlfriend.
 From an aerial view, we see a man seated on a toilet revealing his bare thighs; the camera cuts away and we hear a toilet flush. A clothed man stands with his back to the camera in front of a toilet and we hear urination.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A sniper shoots a man in the chest, he falls and we see a large spot of blood on his chest and blood smearing the floor under him as people shout in shock and a doctor pronounces the man dead. A man wearing an explosive vest walks a gunman out of a building and down a street as SWAT officers follow, pointing automatic rifles at the two men and spectators follow and shout angrily; the gunman's gun goes off as a police officer grabs a spectator and pushes him away for interfering and the man is shot in the shoulder (we see some blood as he groans). A woman on a headset tells a man through an earphone that snipers will try to shoot him to disable the explosive vest he is wearing; the sniper fires, misses and the man with the vest is grabbed by the gunman holding him hostage.
 A man wearing an explosive vest and a gunman enter a building to confront another man on live TV; the gunman points his gun at the third man, shoves him into a chair while demanding that he admit to stealing money through stock market tampering and places the explosive vest on the third man, who argues, becomes frightened and screams as he tries to run backwards, but falls.
 A man walks into a TV studio and points a gun at the male host of a show, threatening to shoot him in the head twice; the gunman fires a shot into the ceiling in two scenes and production crew members scream and dive to the floor. A man with a gun in a TV studio shoots out a big screen TV in anger after arguing with a woman appearing on it and screams, "Glitch!" four times; a TV producer screams, cuts the feed and then reestablishes it so the public can watch the hostage crisis as the gunman rants about lying investment bankers and how they and the media steal the public's money.
 A gunman in a TV studio forces a man to wear an explosive vest, holds up a detonator and shouts about losing his family's money and then threatens to detonate the vest and the TV studio as the man in the vest looks frightened, and pants and stutters that he is having a heart attack (he is not) as the gunman closes and locks the heavy steel doors to the set; the gunman threatens to kill the man if he does not get a particular stock to rise in earnings and price and grabs the man by the shirt collar, holds a handgun to his head in close-up and shoves him into a chair. A man wearing an explosive vest wrestles a gunman to the ground and explains that the police are trying to shoot him, not the gunman. A gunman shoves a man against a wall and shouts at him. A man punches another man in the nose so hard that the struck man falls (no blood).
 Several scenes show police officers and SWAT team members pointing automatic rifles at a man (no one shoots). A SWAT sniper climbs around in the catwalk of a TV studio and aims a rifle at a gunman on stage. A police officer enters a TV studio through a crawlspace and lets two more officers inside. A SWAT officer evacuates two men out of a TV control booth through a crawl space and has to threaten a woman with arrest before she will go.
 A gunman in a hostage situation listens to his girlfriend on a monitor as she screams, curses, and berates him for several seconds and the gunman threatens to put his gun in his own mouth and pull the trigger. We see angry miners in South Africa on strike, chanting and waving long staffs and spear-like poles. A man throws a coffee mug against a wall and it loudly shatters. We see footage of a man wearing an explosive vest screaming and falling backwards several times.
 A man says, "Shove a pool cue into my eye and through to my brain." A man tells a TV audience to man up and get some "balls" (basketballs appear on a screen behind him). A gunman shouts at a hostage negotiator over the PA system, but a TV producer cuts the PA off and argues with the police loudly. Police cars fill a city street and officers and supervisors argue about how to stop a gunman in a hostage situation; one officer wants to shoot the hostage wearing an explosive vest to disable the detonator. A man that is being held hostage on TV asks the viewing audience to buy a stock to save his life. We hear a woman scream off-screen and do not learn why; no one else seems to hear her. A man and a woman argue mildly about producing a TV program. A woman argues loudly with a male colleague at an investment firm in two scenes. A woman argues with her boss. A woman shouts angrily at another woman over a telephone. A newspaper headline shows a man being brought up on FTC fraud charges. We hear that a man that was shot came out of surgery and will recover fully.
 Film clips show a woman striking something in a dark shadow with an axe, the Frankenstein monster electrocuted by bright bolts of electricity, a prize fighter being punched and sweat spraying, and a donkey kicking a man. A man watches a speeding police car on TV screech its tires and sound its siren.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 89 F-words and its derivatives, 4 sexual references, 25 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms, 30 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, moronic, nutcase, mama's boy, dumbest, halfwit, idiot, loser, failure, useless, nothing, sucker, schmuck, psycho, psychopath, hotshot, crooks, emotional seven-year-old), exclamations (shut-up, keep your mouth shut, shhh), 22 religious profanities (GD), 21 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Christ, Oh God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Geez, Good God, Hand To God, Holy [scatological term deleted]).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man snorts white powder from a small mirror, two men smoke an unknown drug from a large bong, and a man inhales helium and speaks in a squeaky voice. A man seated at a restaurant bar drinks a short glass of whiskey, men and women watch TV as they sit in front of drinks at a bar in a few scenes (they are not shown drinking), we see a martini and tall glasses of dark ale as well as some tall mixed drinks on a bar, and a man picks up a glass and turns away from the camera (we do not see if he drinks from it). A man holds a pack of cigarettes (we do not see him open it).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Investment scams, international stock markets, digital technology, money, power, greed, TV ratings, hostage situations, danger, fear, anger, corrupt business people, financial risks, mental stress, misplaced trust, sympathy, family, responsibility, making mistakes, regret, honesty, crime, legal consequences.

MESSAGE - The financial industry seems to be rigged to reward the wealthy, and the news media cannot be trusted.

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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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