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Still shot from the movie: In the Valley of Elah.

In the Valley of Elah

When Mike Deerfield (Jonathan Tucker) mysteriously goes missing after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, his career officer father Hank (Tommy Lee Jones) and devoted mother (Susan Sarandon), become convinced something is seriously wrong. In order to find their son and uncover the truth, the worried parents enlist the help of local police detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: D
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Theater Release: 20 Sep 2007
Video Release: 19 Feb 2008
MPAA Rating: R
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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.

This movie details the consequences of serving one’s country in a combat situation. How do you feel about the possible long-term affects war can have upon some soldiers? What do you think society should do about this situation?

Anyone suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can find resources on the Internet to help steer them toward treatment and help. This page at the National Institute of Mental Health may be a good place to start: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

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