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High Crimes

A successful lawyer (Ashley Judd) is shocked when her husband (Jim Caviezel) is arrested under a different name, and accused of a military crime. Her resolve to prove him innocent soon has her digging up secrets of the past that put her own reputation and safety at risk. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 115
Theater Release: 05 Apr 2002
Video Release: 01 Sep 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is High Crimes Rated PG-13?


Overall: C-

A successful lawyer (Ashley Judd) is shocked when her husband is arrested under a different name, and accused of a military crime. Her resolve to prove him innocent soon has her digging up secrets of the past that put her own reputation and safety at risk. This "the wife is always the last to know" thriller contains depictions of violence, as well as sexual and language concerns.

Violence: D+

Two key sequences are shown several times throughout the film: The first depicts the massacre of innocent citizens (some are shot on-screen, and their bodies with bloody wounds are shown), and the second portrays the bombing of a restaurant that shows a man being thrown and results in the deaths of at least three people. Intruders in a house break a window. A bomb explodes. Swat team roughly handle people during an arrest. Woman is hit in head, and held at gunpoint. Two depictions of women who are bound, one is gagged with duct tape. Characters engage in very aggressive fighting on at least three occasions (injuries and one death result). Some characters get into verbal confrontations and threats are made. Characters are involved in a car accident when oil is thrown at the vehicle. Male character tackles, ties up, and threatens a female character. Depiction of a character being shot; blood drips from mouth. Woman holds gun on a man. Clip shown from an old horror movie.

Sexual Content: C-

Fertility detecting device is briefly shown. Married couple converse about their desire to have a baby and begin kissing passionately, then lie down together on a couch. A court case involving a rape is briefly mentioned. One character always wears revealing clothing, and on one occasion is briefly shown wearing only an open jacket. An adulterous relationship is mentioned. Two prostitutes in very revealing clothing seduce a man, while another character in the same room sits and drinks. Close ups of women’s cleavage. It is implied that an unmarried couple are engaging in a sexual relationship. Women dancers in a strip bar are shown.

Language: D+

At least: 1 extreme sexual hand gesture, 2 crude terms for sexual relations, 16 moderate and 22 mild profanities, and 5 terms of deity used as expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C

Patron in a pool hall, and men in a strip bar are shown drinking. Several other characters are shown drinking in the film, some to excess. Character portrayed as a recovering alcoholic begins drinking again, and is shown inebriated in a couple of scenes. One female character smokes throughout, and one male character shown smoking once.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Women shown in separate scenes grieving for dead loved ones and for a miscarried pregnancy.

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