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Truth | 2015 | R | - 2.2.7

Based on true events from the 2004 presidential election: CBS producers received controversial information about the military service record of then President George W. Bush, who was running for reelection. When "60 Minutes" reported the findings, the careers of the program's producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) were ruined. Also with Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach. Directed by James Vanderbilt. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - We see a photo of a prisoner nude and with his genitals digitally obscured; a man changes the appearance of the obscuring area and discussed it while we see the photo with the man's bare chest and abdomen visible. A woman wears an evening gown that reveals her bare side and upper chest.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Several soldiers wearing fatigues are seen in a war setting with their weapons drawn. We see a man reporting from a hurricane and he is being blown and pelted with heavy rain. We see a photograph of a man standing on a box with a tarp draped over his head and wires attached to his fingers.
 Several people are fired from their jobs and we see their reactions; one woman cries and shakes her head, one woman throws her phone off her desk, and a man presents his finger as he leaves the building. A man yells in an office and is escorted by security.
 We hear that a woman's father beat her and her sister for being outspoken. A woman says that someone tried to run her and her husband off the road. We hear that a woman's mother died. A woman talks about her abusive father. A woman tells a man, "I'll break your [F-word deleted] arms." A woman yells at several people in several scenes. A man yells at a woman. A woman yells at a woman. A woman snaps at her husband. A woman accuses another woman of trying to destroy her husband. A blog post reads, "Gut this witch." A joking remark is made about having someone shoot the president. A man asks a woman if she has a radical feminist agenda and she becomes angry, and then he asks if she has a substance abuse problem and she yells at him. A man says, "You get your head handed to you." A woman says that her husband is a sick man and we see him breathing from an oxygen mask in a few scenes.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 24 F-words, 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 21 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (degenerates, fatso, evil corporate, loser, hippie scum, jarhead, overlords, devil's advocate, evil lefty sneak, feminazi, witch, drunken piece of [scatological term deleted]), 3 religious profanities (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, My God, God, Oh God, Jesus Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man asks a woman if she has a substance abuse problem and she says that she does not have one and then takes a Xanax, a woman takes a pill from a prescription vial (presumably a Xanax), a reference is made to someone having a drug problem, and a man breathes through an oxygen mask in several scenes. People drink alcohol at a party, people in a few bar scenes drink alcohol, people drink alcohol at a cocktail party, a woman tells a man that she will give him two bottles of whiskey, a man and a woman drink several small bottles of liquor from a hotel mini-bar, a woman drinks wine in several scenes and one time pours herself a very large glass, a man drinks a whiskey in his home, and a man drinks alcohol in his office in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, going AWOL, "60 Minutes," Dan Rather, political corruption, abuse of power, the JFK assassination, the Vietnam war, the Afghanistan war, detainee abuse, the Abu Ghraib prison, Osama Bin Laden, infotainment, pulling strings, bullying, lying, rigged games, media criticism, Swiftboating.

MESSAGE - It is sometimes difficult to get to the truth. Reporting the news used to be a trust.

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