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Pause for kids 14 & under

Clever, complex romantic thriller is too twisty for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this caper film isn't a tween-friendly romantic comedy. Although it's both romantic and comedic, it's also a cerebral spy thriller with so many twists that even some adults will be confused. And although the main characters are appealing and sympathetic, the truth is that they're ruthless corporate spies. They're often shown right before and after making love (bare-shouldered, and, in Clive Owen's case, bare-chested). They also discuss their sex life with innuendo and jokes about "legs in the air" and such. There isn'tmuch violence aside from a humorous fight between two CEOs, but there's occasional strong language ("bulls--t," "goddamn," "d--k"), and drinking (all by adults).

  • Families can talk about why caper/heist movies are so appealing, even when the characters are breaking the law. How do filmmakers get us rooting for the crooks?
  • How would you feel about people who do what the characters do in reallife?
  • Do you think the idea of no-holds-barred corporate espionage isbelievable?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Corporate epsionage is portrayed as a dirty business, with rival companies routinely undermining each other by using spies to try to steal new ideas.

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    Role models: The lead characters are more than willing to do whatever's necessary tomake millions of dollars, and CEOs are portrayed as willing to breakall kinds of laws (like hiring special departments to break and enter,steal, and possibly kill) in order to give their companies an edge.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Menacing but humorous confrontation between two titans of industry. Slightly disturbing scene of a character who has obviously been sedated and another who's temporarily gagged and blinded. Security team discusses how "to deal" with possible spies in the company.

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    Sex: A lot of sexual chemistry and conversation between Ray and Claire. They make love off camera, but the audience does see them kissing in bed on several occasions, and usually both of them have bare shoulders, legs, and backs. Ray walks out of the bathroom in just a towel. Steamy conversation includes asides about "rug burn," "turned on," and "legs in the air."

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    Language: Words like "bulls--t," "s--t," "cojones," and "a--hole" are used occasionally. Other potentially offensive expressions include "goddamn," "for Christ's sake," "oh my God," and "swinging d--k."

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    Consumerism: Most of the products and companies featured are fictional, so there's no overt consumerism in the film.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults are shown enjoying champagne, wine, and cocktails at dinner, a celebration, a bar, and a hotel.