All The Kings Men

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Hopkins. Drama. Written & directed by Steven Zaillian.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The films theme concerns absolute power corrupting absolutely, as the story charts the rise and fall of charismatic Southern politician Boss Stark. At first, Stark is looking out for the common man, but self-glorifying ambitions quickly overwhelm his man-of-the-people roots.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Penn peaks early on with a scene that will no doubt be remembered come Oscar nominating time, but the actor adds little dimension or much enthusiasm as the film progresses. Hes actually boring. (Never thought Id say that about one of the most interesting actors of this generation.) But the worst thing is the films lack of moral direction. There simply is no character portraying a positive example. Penns character, obviously a good ol boy Democrat, takes as many shots at the corporate world and Republicans as possible, yet his character offers no moral distinction. Nor does anybody else in the movie. There are people in politics who think you can better our nation without first examining their own conduct. Evidently, these characters have learned from their real-life counterparts.

Video Alternative: A Face In The Crowd. Andy Griffith began a serious movie career as a country boy who makes good then becomes a cad. Director Elia Kazans drama deals with the same subject matter corruption of the soul without the excess or confusion that makes the new All The Kings Men a mere parody.

Or rent the original version of All the Kings Men with the Oscar-winning Broderick Crawford. It is a powerful film that examines corruption in the political and business worlds while avoiding obscene language and gratuitous sex.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Sony Pictures Releasing

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Crude Language: Harsh language and immoral behavior pepper the script, often becoming vulgar rather than suggestive.

Obscene Language: 4 SOBs, the word bitch is used three times and there are a few minor expletives damns and hells.

Profanity: 5 GDs

Violence: Two men are gunned down; a suicide is seen. Blood: Blood from the two dead men commingles, flowing in the cracks of the States insignia; blood is splattered from a suicides gun shot to the head.

Sex: The lead is a fornicator and adulterer; there are two sex scenes and a couple of other suggestive scenes that reflect the leads sexual interests outside marriage.

Nudity: Brief nudity in one scene.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: A couple of sexual conversations, one becoming crude and vulgar.

Drugs: Drinking throughout. Everyone smokes.

Other: None

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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