MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

In this romantic comedy/drama set in Dublin, Ireland, 11 interwoven sad stories of 54 characters mostly unhappy, unlikable and mean-spirited demonstrate how the actions of one can affect the lives of those around him. When a boy named John (Cillian Murphy) breaks up with his girlfriend Deirdre (Kelly Macdonald) in order to test her, his plan backfires, leaving her upset and him alone and miserable. Unbeknownst to him, his actions have set off a chain of events that cause lives to collide. John quits his job at a supermarket to join Lehiff (Colin Farrell), a thief looking to pull off one final, big heist. Trying to win back his girlfriend through a series of bad choices, he makes matters worse, and the aftermath continues. Entering the plots are Detective Jerry Lynch (Colm Meaney), an amateur boxer and an aspiring TV producer.

The film begins in a confusing jumble of storylines, but it gradually ties them together. Adding to the confusion is dialog in a strong Irish accent that includes words unfamiliar to an American audience. What can be clearly understood, however, is the f-word, which is used more than 100 times. Unfaithfulness and disrespect are portrayed throughout: a husband leaves his wife for a younger woman, an employee hurls objects at his boss and draws cheers when he knocks him out, and a man without warning hits a woman in the face. There are also several sex scenes, including implied self-gratification, and a lot of bathroom humor. In several cases, consequences for bad behavior are realized. A few positive messages are overshadowed by the immorality, graphic violence and pervasive bad language, making this film highly unacceptable.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
IFC Films, Buena Vista

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Crude Language: Several (4) times mild (hell 2); moderate (bastard 2)

Obscene Language: Many (136) times moderate (piss 1); strong (f-word 110, s-word 20, cock 3, prick 2)

Profanity: Several (7) times strong (J 6, JC 1)

Violence: Many moderate (several fistfights, man hits a woman in the face with his closed fist two separate times and robs her, man shoots another man on three separate occasions but not fatally, bus flips on its side in accident, car crash, a young boy on a bike causes serious accidents by throwing rocks at cars, a man knock another out by throwing an object at him)

Sex: Several times mild (implied self-gratification by a man); moderate (couple has sex under blankets, couple has sex but covered by use of camera angles)

Nudity: Few times mild (women in underwear several times); moderate (mans uncovered buttocks)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times mild (man describes content of a pornographic movie)

Drugs: Many times mild (alcohol and tobacco use)

Other: In one distasteful episode, a woman describes how her sister had a lover who tied her up on the bed, defecated on her breasts, took her money and left her there, where she remained for three days until she was found with flies on her and a stench in the room; many bowel-movement jokes

Running Time: 103 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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