Murder By Numbers

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Sandra Bullock stars in this murder mystery as forensics detective Cassie Mayweather. Ben Chaplin plays her partner, Sam Kennedy, whos new to the homicide squad. Investigating a womans corpse dumped on a creek bank, a shoe print leads them to high school student Richard Haywood, played by Ryan Gosling, who reported the shoes stolen. But other evidence points to Richards schoolmate Justin Pendleton, played by Michael Pitt. Justin, an intelligent, social misfit in the school would seem to have little in common with popular Richard, and both boys seem to have strong alibis for the murder. Can she and Sam prove they did it? This tense mystery thriller keeps audiences guessing as the detective mentally duels with the teen scholars.

Unfortunately, the dialogue has a large number of obscenities and crude sexual comments. Cassie seduces Sam in a graphic sex scene, although no nudity is shown. A video of Richard also shows a graphic sexual encounter. A schoolmate, attracted to Justin, shows him nude paintings of herself. Richard also buys marijuana from the janitor and drinks illegal alcohol with Justin. Some graphic violence occurs on screen as a monkey attacks and bites Cassie’s arm, showing a bloody mouth, and a graphic shooting occurs as well. Other scenes strongly suggest gruesome violence, such as cutting a finger from the corpse. However, both Cassie and the boys learn that they have to face up to what they’ve done in the past. MURDER BY NUMBERS earns its R rating with sexual content and obscenity-laced language.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (9) times Mild 3, moderate 6

Obscene Language: Many (21) times F-word 9, s-word 5, other 6, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Several (5.5) times Regular (GD 1.5 - word interrupted before completion, Swear to G); exclamatory (OMG, OG, thank G)

Violence: Several times - moderate and graphic (gun put to head - sound heard, gun threat, corpse hand missing finger, monkey bites woman - bloody mouth/arm shown, choking threats, slap, punches, woman hit w/hammer, door hits head, shooting, kicks, fall from height,

Sex: Few times - Graphic and implied (unmarried couple in bed w/graphic motion, video of teens with graphic motion and near nudity)

Nudity: Once (paintings of nude girl); Near Nudity - Few times (woman in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (person told needs to have sex, girl flirts with boy, couple kissing/ caress on bed, woman uses foot to stroke man's crotch, comments about women's promiscuity,

Drugs: Several times - beer/alcohol drinking, cigarette smoking, marijuana smoked, absinthe drunk, reference to/ actions of selling 'grass'

Other: Woman comments about female hyena having false male organ - nickname implies male traits, teen listens to music - lyrics say 'number of the beast is 666,' vomit spew shown, bored teens commit murder to 'feel alive,' woman tells teen has to face what he's done

Running Time: 121 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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