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Still shot from the movie: State of Play.

State of Play

Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe) is well on the road to a successful career in political journalism until he gets involved in a story about his friend, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). As the investigative reporter delves deeper, secrets of murder and conspiracy are revealed, which proves Capitol Hill can indeed be a slippery slope. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 127
Theater Release: 17 Apr 2009
Video Release: 01 Sep 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 does Cal feel about Della’s job as a newspaper blogger? Does he consider her to be a “real journalist”? What impact does electronic newspaper delivery have on the business?

Despite all the good things Stephen has done as a congressman, he laments that all he will be remembered for is his indiscretion with Sonia. Is it fair to label people because of one mistake? Should he be forgiven or held accountable? What kind of small, seemingly unimportant acts lead to the downfall of many of the characters in this story?

Though journalist should present unbiased reports, is it possible for a writer to be completely neutral about an article? In what ways do newspapers, broadcasts or other news sources slant their stories?

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