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Still shot from the movie: Cellular.


This action thriller sets up California beach bum Ryan (Chris Evans) as a reluctant and unlikely hero who answers a call on his cell. On the other end is Brentwood mother and high school teacher Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger). She has just been kidnapped and confined in an attic -- somewhere. After her abductor smashes the phone, she manages to make a single call for help. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 09 Sep 2004
Video Release: 17 Jan 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

At first Ryan is reluctant to help the person who has phoned him. Have you ever been in a position to assist someone, but have chosen not to because of your own time commitments, safety, or being embarrassed to get involved? How can we determine if it is safe to help someone? What are some reasons you shouldn’t get involved in another person’s crisis? How would you feel if you were the person in distress?

Kim Bassinger’s character, Jessica Martin, exclaims on the phone that their family is not rich, yet we see their large Brentwood home on various occasions during the movie. Would you consider them to be rich? Why do people’s definitions of “wealthy” differ?

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