Pushing Tin

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Recognized as the best air traffic controller in the busiest air traffic control center in New York, Nick Falzone (John Cusack) tries not to let his high stress job get to him. Stress is the name of the game, though, when a rivalry ensues between Nick and a new controller, Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton). Russell comes to New York looking for more air traffic and he gets it at the Terminal Radar Approach Control Center, which handles up to 7,000 flights per day. Hes a freewheeling cowboy who also has the reputation of being the best at his previous job. Nick is quickly on the defensive, trying to guard his place as master of the control tower. But how far will this rivalry go? As they push each other to better the already 99.4% efficiency rate, this male competition of egos could end up costing one of them his job, his marriage, and his sanity. PUSHING TIN is a funny and creative comedy that should do well in theaters. Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack are perfect for their roles and their scenes together are the best in the movie.

The film offers some positive thoughts on people needing to be "cleansed from their sins." While this is not said in a religious sense, the characters acknowledge that after doing something wrong, they need to make amends and ask forgiveness of the people they wronged. There are some mild violent scenes in the film, usually involving some pushing and shoving. Also, some sexual content is present in the film, mostly in the form of crude sexual jokes. Two sex scenes are implied, one between a married couple and another between an unmarried couple. This second scene does have some brief female breast nudity as the two people lay in bed after sex. The dialogue also includes 17 regular profanities and 11 f-words. This language, along with the sexual content, tarnishes the acceptability of this otherwise highly entertaining film.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90213

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: Many (20) times - Mild 8, Moderate 12

Obscene Language: Many (27) times (f-word 11, s-word 15, other 1)

Profanity: : Many (16) times - All Regular (G 1, GD 4, J 6, C 2, JC 1, My God 2)

Violence: Few times - Mild (man kicked, man slapped, men fighting)

Sex: Two times - Implied (once each between a married and an unmarried couple in bedroom)

Nudity: Once (brief female breast nudity after sex); Near Nudity: Few times - (low cut dresses, bikinis, tight fitting clothes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (unmarried couple in bed after sex, married couple gets dressed after sex, references to having sex, references to unconventional sex, sex acts described)

Drugs: Many times (smoking, alcohol)

Other: A discussion about making up for sins committed; discussions about not always needing to be in control of life

Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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