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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. »


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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In the Valley of Elah is rated R: for violent and disturbing content, language and some sexuality/nudity.

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon.
Studio: Warner Independent Pictures

Detailed Review

It's one thing when you son goes missing on the battlefield of war, but it's another when he suddenly vanishes from his domestic base. After Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones)… 
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Why Is In the Valley of Elah Rated R?

This movie takes a serious and discomforting look at what can happen to a young… 
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This movie details the consequences of serving one’s country in a combat situation. How do… 
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