State of Play parents guide

State of Play

Overall C+

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.

Release date April 17, 2009

Violence C-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D
Substance Use C-

Why is State of Play rated PG-13? The MPAA rated State of Play PG-13 for some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content.

Run Time: 127 minutes

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State of Play
Rating & Content Info

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Why is State of Play rated PG-13? State of Play is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content.

After mowing down an elderly couple, crashing through a high-end boutique and running into an empty alley, a young man is gunned down along with an innocent pizza deliveryman. A woman dies in a transit accident. A congressional committee accuses a company of providing mercenary fighters to the U.S. government. A man shoots through a hospital window, killing a patient and injuring several others. A character is stalked in a parking garage. Innocent bystanders are shot at. Bloody injuries are shown. Characters discuss terrorists, illegal behavior, hired killers and the murder of several victims. A character drives while talking on a cell phone. Internal organs from an autopsy are seen. A man is taken to a secret location and questioned. A character is brutally beaten. Police shoot a man. A man consumes tranquilizers with alcohol. Characters drink on numerous occasions. One man smokes to ease stress. A girl is shown in her underwear. A woman has her breast covered only with tape. The script also includes several discussions about illicit affairs, sexual innuendo and crass words for sexual activity along with profanities, slang terms and at least two sexual expletives.


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State of Play
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence. Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Violence, Language May Offend.
Quebec G Not recommended for young children.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

State of Play is directed by and stars Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of State of Play movie is September 1, 2009. Here are some details…

Release Date: 1 September 2009

State of Playon DVD is presented in widescreen, with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English, French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, SDH, French and Spanish.

Additional Release Materials:

- Deleted Scene

- Featurette: The Making of State of Play

State of Play on Blu-ray offers audio tracks in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) and DTS 5.1 Surround (French and Spanish), with subtitles in English, SDH, French and Spanish.

Additional Release Material:

- Deleted Scene

- My Scene

- Featurette: The Making of State of Play

- U Control (Picture in Picture and Washington, D.C. Locations)

- Interactive Features: BD Live (Download Center and My Scenes Sharing)

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