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Two for the Money | 2005 | R | - 6.4.10

A former college football star (Matthew McConaughey) whose injuries keep him from pursuing his dreams as a professional player, uses his ability to predict game winners by making his betting picks available on 900 numbers. He is discovered by a man (Al Pacino) who runs a powerful sports consulting operation in New York, and is convinced to work for him. But their relationship becomes a power struggle as each man tries to maintain the upper hand. Also with Rene Russo, Armand Assante and Jeremy Piven. Directed by D.J. Caruso. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man bets another man that he will not be able to pick up a woman at a restaurant; the man approaches her, she tells him, "you just want to get in my pants," he whispers something in her ear, we then see them kissing passionately in a taxi, and we see them having sex (the woman's bare breasts are visible and the man's bare chest) while the woman thrusts on top of the man and they kiss and both moan.
 A woman straddles a man sitting in a chair and kisses him. A man kisses a woman and her husband watches from a distance. A husband and his wife hug, kiss and dance together. A man and a woman hug. A man kisses a man on the lips (it does not appear to be sexual) and a man kisses a man on the cheek (does not appear to be sexual).
 Cheerleaders wear skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and bare legs. A woman wears a low-cut negligee, a woman wears low-cut tops in several scenes that reveal cleavage, and a man is shown bare-chested in several scenes while he works out or after he comes out of the shower (with a towel wrapped around his waist).
 A man pays a prostitute for her services. A man talks about a woman being sexually abused by "everyone but the family dog." A man riding a bike flirts with a woman who's in a convertible while they wait at a stoplight. A man admires women as they walk past him. A woman asks her husband to join her in bed, he does and he falls asleep. A man talks about taking Viagra.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is pushed off his bike by another man, he is held around the throat, and another man holds a gun to his face and then urinates on him (we see the stream).
 A man is tackled by several other men in a football game, we hear a crunch and when the pile gets off him we see his leg twisted at the knee. We see an x-ray of a man's knee and it looks separated.
 A man shoves a man and yells in his face. A man grabs a man around the neck and speaks aggressively in his ear. We see and hear many hard tackles in televised football games.
 A man suffers from a heart ailment and collapses holding his chest in several scenes (he is pretending in one scene). A man coughs and appears to be in pain. A man vomits and appears to be extremely nervous.
 A man talks about his father beating him and about a woman being sexually abused by "everyone but the family dog." A man talks about his father having left him when he was a boy. A man and a woman argue. A man says that he wants his barber dead.
 A man drives a car fast and recklessly through city traffic.

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LANGUAGE 10 - 65 F-words (an office full of people all say the F-word at the same time in one scene) and its derivatives, 5 sexual references, 31 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 4 religious profanities, 15 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at a party, people drink alcohol while watching sporting events in a few scenes, a man drinks a beer, and people drink wine in a restaurant. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, someone smokes a cigarette (we see a hand sticking out a window holding a cigarette), and a man smokes cigars in several scenes. People talk about, and suffer from addictions to drugs, gambling, etc.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parental pride, pressure to succeed, guilt, jealousy, competition, child abandonment, disappointment, playing sports as your life, perfection, 900 numbers, exploitation of people's addictions, using people, pushing people too hard, infidelity, self-respect, high stakes gambling, anticipation, winning, losing, 12-step programs, greed, selling.
MESSAGE - Exploiting people's addictions can make you rich despite the fact that it's immoral.
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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.

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