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Still shot from the movie: Lakeview Terrace.

Lakeview Terrace

Talk about your difficult neighbor! New house owners, Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) are hardly unpacked before the man next door (Samuel L. Jackson) begins invading their privacy. Soon his actions have escalated to harassment. But the couple has nowhere to turn for help because the perpetrator is a police officer. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 18 Sep 2008
Video Release: 27 Jan 2009
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 are interracial relationships portrayed in this film? What drives Abel’s negative feelings toward Chris and Lisa? How does society in general regard couples of mixed race in comparison to past decades?

When does police authority cross the line and become harassment or abuse? At what point does community involvement become vigilantism?

Does the use of ethno-cultural slurs and other derogatory terms in films increase the acceptance of these kinds of remarks in real life interactions?

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