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Still shot from the movie: Fair Game.

Fair Game

Based on the memoirs of Valerie Plame Wilson (played in the movie by Naomi Watts), Fair Game follows the events that led to the covert CIA operative unexpectedly having her true identity publicly revealed. The disclosure happens after (because?) her husband (Sean Penn) writes a negative newspaper article about the Bush administration's investigation into weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 05 Nov 2010
Video Release: 29 Mar 2011
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.

How easy is it to determine the real truth of a situation? How does the media influence a story? How realistic is objectivity? How can a person determine the bias of a media outlet?

What drives Joe to use the media in his favor? How does it backfire on him? Is "yelling louder" ever the way to win an argument? Does the ability to outshout one’s opponent t make a person right?

What kinds of individual sacrifices are required of many civil servants and their families? Does the nation owe them anything for their service? Do you think the Wilson’s deserved the death threats they received?

How might this movie be different if it was told from the perspective of Scooter Libby?

This movie is based on Valerie Plame’s book, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. To learn more about this woman and her legal battles against Whitehouse officials, check out: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Valerie_Plame

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