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The Program | 1993 | R | - 3.5.5

James Caan, Omar Epps and Halle Berry star in "The Program," about a year in the life of a college football program.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - There is some heavy kissing. There is also an attempted rape scene. We see a player's bare posterior as he injects himself with steroids.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - There are a few fist fights, but no blood is drawn. Lots of smashing and bashing on the football field and one character's leg is badly injured and we see blood. One player becomes aggressive after abusing steroids, and throws a girl around in an attempt to rape her (but he's stopped). The coach has a volatile temper and does a lot of breaking, overturning tables, etc.


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LANGUAGE 5 - There are several F-words, and a handful of scatological terms.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug abuse (steroids), alcohol abuse, cheating, greed. Passing athletes who cannot do academic work by "helping" them with easy courses and tutors who do the work for them.

MESSAGE - Some athletes win scholarships and are kept at schools despite their inability to do college level work.

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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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