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State of Play

Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe) is well on the road to a successful career in political journalism until he gets involved in a story about his friend, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). As the investigative reporter delves deeper, secrets of murder and conspiracy are revealed, which proves Capitol Hill can indeed be a slippery slope. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 127
Theater Release: 17 Apr 2009
Video Release: 01 Sep 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is State of Play Rated PG-13?

After mowing down an elderly couple, crashing through a high-end boutique and running into an empty alley, a young man is gunned down along with an innocent pizza deliveryman. A woman dies in a transit accident. A congressional committee accuses a company of providing mercenary fighters to the U.S. government. A man shoots through a hospital window, killing a patient and injuring several others. A character is stalked in a parking garage. Innocent bystanders are shot at. Bloody injuries are shown. Characters discuss terrorists, illegal behavior, hired killers and the murder of several victims. A character drives while talking on a cell phone. Internal organs from an autopsy are seen. A man is taken to a secret location and questioned. A character is brutally beaten. Police shoot a man. A man consumes tranquilizers with alcohol. Characters drink on numerous occasions. One man smokes to ease stress. A girl is shown in her underwear. A woman has her breast covered only with tape. The script also includes several discussions about illicit affairs, sexual innuendo and crass words for sexual activity along with profanities, slang terms and at least two sexual expletives.


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