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The Post | 2017 | PG-13 | - 1.3.5

Inspired by true events surrounding the story of the publication of the Pentagon Papers by The Washington Post in the 1970s. With Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons and David Cross. Directed by Steven Spielberg. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - There are war scenes that show soldiers preparing weapons and marching through dark woods in the rain; one scene shows an explosion that throws a soldier and heavy gunfire is exchanged (several soldiers fall motionless and we see one victim being attended to with blood on the man's hands and we later see bodies covered with tarps).
 A burglary is shown in progress as a security guard enters an office and calls the police.
 Protestors are shown in several scenes yelling and waving signs as police try to keep them controlled. Two men argue about whether the situation in Vietnam has improved or not. A man steals top secret files from a filing cabinet and leaves a secure building with them. A man tells a woman (he's the editor and she's the publisher), "Keep your finger out of my eye." We hear that a reporter has been banned from the wedding of the US President's daughter because she crashed the reception of his other daughter. A woman (she's the publisher) tells a man (he's the editor) that he is losing female readership. Many men gathered in a meeting room do not listen to a woman when she speaks and talk over her. A man says that board members are "skittish about having a woman in charge." A man talks hypothetically about another man getting hit by a truck. We hear that a man committed suicide. People talk about a security breach and top secret information being leaked out of the Pentagon. People talk about going to prison to stop a war. A man talks about JFK's assassination and Jackie Kennedy's blood-covered suit. We hear Richard Nixon ordering the ban of The Washington Post from any reportage at the White House.
 A young man runs into a city street and is nearly struck by a taxi. A young woman delivers a package that contains top secret documents to a reporter in a newsroom. A woman wakes up in a start several times throughout the movie. A woman accidentally knocks over a chair in a restaurant.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 13 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (long hair, liars, subversives, bastard), exclamations (oh gosh, oh dear), 7 religious profanities (GD), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. So Help Me God, Thank God, My God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Oh God, By God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Christ, My God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Several people at a dining table are seen with glasses of wine at their places (we do not see anyone drink), people are shown with glasses of wine on their tables in a restaurant, a man holds and drinks from a glass of whiskey, and a woman mentions a man's "drunken birthday cruise." People smoke cigarettes in a restaurant in several scenes, a press room is smoke-filled, people smoke cigarettes on streets, people smoke cigarettes in offices in many scenes, and a man holds a cigar (it does not appear to be lit).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The First Amendment, the Vietnam war, the Pentagon Papers, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Richard Nixon, Bob McNamara, Ben Bradlee, the Rand Corporation, freedom of the press, political spin, cover-ups, lies, cover-ups, retribution, guilt, the Geneva Convention, avoiding humiliation, press vs. government, controlling elections in Vietnam, aid to Indochina, the newspaper business, suicide, women in business, accountability, presidential integrity, containment, the Espionage Act, ego, Watergate.

MESSAGE - The press is tasked to serve the governed, not the governing.

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