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The Next Three Days

Even though his wife (Elizabeth Banks) has been convicted of murder, John Brennan (Russell Crowe) refuses to believe she is guilty. When the despairing woman attempts to take her own life, John is convinced the only way he can save her is to break her out of prison. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 134
Theater Release: 19 Nov 2010
Video Release: 08 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.

John is able to get information on criminal activities on the Internet. Should law enforcement officers be able to persecute people who post these tips? Are there dangers associated with following these instructions?

How can circumstantial evidence lead to the conviction of individuals who did not commit a crime? What recourse is available to innocent people behind bars? What legal precedents have been set in these cases?

How do the filmmakers play on the audience’s emotions to justify John’s activities? Is there ever a time when his actions would be acceptable? In what other situations might people rationalize breaking the law?

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