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Runner Runner | 2013 | R | - 6.5.10

A man (Justin Timberlake) deep in debt for his Princeton university education gambles it all on an online poker game and loses. When he discovers that the system cheated him, he travels to Costa Rica to confront the man (Ben Affleck) responsible for his loss in order to get his money back. Also with Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, Michael Esper, Oliver Cooper, Christian George, Yul Vazquez and John Heard. Directed by Brad Furman. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man is left on a yacht with four bikini clad women and we later see a video of him having sex with two of them; one woman straddles him on a bed and thrusts rhythmically and the other woman caresses his chest (we see the side of one woman's bare breast, her bare buttocks and back and legs while we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs). A man and a woman kiss passionately, he presses her against a wall as she wraps her leg around his waist and he is shown thrusting (we see her bare leg).
 A woman wears a strappy top that reveals her bare breasts through the straps and has pasties covering her nipples. A woman wears a dress with a sheer inset that reveals half of her breasts (no nipples) and her abdomen to the belly button. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals her cleavage and it is slit from the hem to the upper thigh (revealing her thigh). Three women wear deeply cut tops that reveal substantial cleavage. Two men wearing towels around their waists (their bare chest and abdomen are seen) are shown in a pool/sauna area and another man is shown wearing a robe (his bare legs and part of his bare chest are seen). A woman wears a deeply cut blouse that reveals cleavage. Women wear bikini swimsuits in a party scene while other women wear low-cut dresses that reveal, cleavage, bare backs and legs and one man is seen bare-chested. Several women working in a club wear tight-fitting, sequined outfits that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and legs. A woman wearing a skimpy outfit and fishnet stockings spins in a ring suspended in the air (a bit of cleavage is seen). A woman wears low-cut tops and blouses that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout he film. A fire breather wears a bikini top that reveals her bare upper chest and cleavage and she is covered with tattoos. A man wears a robe and his bare chest and top of his abdomen are seen.
 A man talks about two men having oral sex performed on them as a woman wearing a bandeaux swimsuit (we see her bare shoulders and upper chest along with cleavage and bare legs to the hip) enters the room and says, "The tables are ready" (for massages). Several women are shown wearing lingerie while sitting on men's laps and next to men while caressing them and drinking champagne (we see bare abdomens, cleavage, bare backs, bare thighs to the hip with garter belts and bare buttocks); one man is shown with a woman on his lap while he has his hand up another woman's skirt (we a couple of similar scenes throughout the movie). Four women wearing bikinis join a man on a yacht (sex is implied).
 A man and a woman dance seductively together and caress each other. A man and a woman kiss. A man kisses a woman on the temple. We see a man leaving a place and being driven home and it is implied that he spent the night with a woman (nothing is shown).
 A man tells another man that while he's in prison he should think about another man having sex (using crude terms) "with his girl."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Two men are bound and forced to their knees on a dock where tubs of chicken fat are poured over them; a man then kicks them into the water and we understand that there are crocodiles in the water and as they are about to be pulled out of the water, they are attacked by crocodiles and they scream; other men on the pier shoot the crocodiles and they swim away (we see the men pulled out of the water with torn clothing and some blood on their legs and faces).
 A man is attacked by three men and beaten; we see him try to fight back and he is thrown into a car and then on the ground before another man shoots a gun into the air trying to make the men stop the beating; the man with the gun is then held at gunpoint (we see the first man later with a bruise on his cheek and the man with the gun is unharmed). A man runs and is chased by two other men in a car; he runs into an abandoned building and the two men chase on foot until he is cornered and one man punches him and holds him out a window (he is released unharmed). A man is held with a gun to his chin until the gunman is grabbed and beaten by other men. Two men run toward a third man and place a bag over his head, he struggles as they pull him toward a car and push him into the back; we see him later being questioned and threatened. A man is forcibly detained at an airport, taken to an interrogation room, and is handcuffed and questioned; one man sitting across the table from him becomes enraged and pins the man against a wall with the table.
 A man is forcibly escorted out of a party (no injuries are evident). Armed agents break into a building and search the premises.
 A man throws dead chickens into a body of water where several crocodiles snap them into their powerful jaws. We see a man cleaning a fish (we don't see gore, but we see the fish in pieces. We see men betting on a cockfight (we do not see the fight). A woman breathes fire at a party.
 During an interrogation an FBI agent threatens to shoot a man. A man yells at a woman and says that he cannot trust her. We hear that a man died of a drug overdose. A man talks about needing money to pay for his college tuition and gambles away all of his savings. A man talks about gambling breeding prostitution and even drugs.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 78 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 sexual references, 26 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms (one in Spanish and not translated), 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (sucker, crazy, idiots, dumb, Wizard of [expletive deleted] Oz, fat guy, dumber, sexy, deadbeat, Gringo, degenerate), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Christ, God, Oh My God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a man died of a drug overdose. Men are shown drinking alcohol while gambling, people are shown drinking beer and alcohol in several bar scenes, a man drinks a shot of alcohol at a bar, two men and four women are shown drinking beer on a yacht, men and women are shown drinking and dancing in a club, and a man opens a bottle of champagne and several men and women are shown drinking. A man smokes a cigar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gambling, stock market, real estate, Ponzi schemes, fraud, rules, living by your own rules, winning, losing, hustling, bribery, racketeering, fear, counterfeiting, greed, conscience, money laundering, wire fraud, kidnapping.

MESSAGE - Nobody plays for free. The house always wins.

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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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