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Limitless

Released

Latest Home Video

Jul 19, 2011

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

105

Director

Neil Burger

Cast

Bradley Cooper

Anna Friel

Abbie Cornish

Studio

2011Relativity Media/ Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Still shot from the movie: Limitless.

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Overall D+
ViolenceD
SexC-
LanguageC
Drugs/AlcoholD
Run Time105

Making the Grades

Every now and again you get one of those days when you feel truly on top of your game. You make all the green lights, you astound your coworkers, and you present new ideas in a manner that makes it impossible for anyone to say no.

Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is desperately in need of one of those days. Amazingly, the depressed and creatively challenged writer has a book deal, yet he hasn’t written a single word—and his first submission is due. That’s when he bumps into his ex-wife’s brother Vern (Johnny Whitworth), a guy who says he’s retired from drug dealing but then pulls a little pill out of his pocket. Vern claims it will fix all of Eddie’s problems and allow him to use 100% of his brainpower (as opposed to the 10% myth). He also says it’s FDA approved.

Instantly confirming his lack of mental capacity, Eddie downs the mysterious medicine. Minutes later he sees the world in a completely different way. His writer’s block is gone, he becomes adept at trading stocks and his intellectual prowess allows him to bed a bevy of less intelligent women. Still, being smart and possessing wisdom are two very different things. This newly hatched genius demonstrates this fact when he borrows $100,000 of investment capital from a loan shark.

The money turns him into a much sought after financial expert and a new job with a prominent business tycoon (Robert De Niro). However, things begin taking unexpected turns when Eddie discovers his brother-in-law is murdered and the pills are anything but FDA approved. Worse yet, when his loan provider gets hold of one of the tablets, he wants a guaranteed supply as well. Then Eddie learns of the drug’s inevitable side affect: Serious illness usually leading to death.

Limitless presents an intriguing premise, but Eddie’s reliance on what amounts to a potentially dangerous street drug is disturbing—especially considering the movie’s all-too-easy conclusion. The moment he runs out of pills he scrambles to find more, even after discovering the long-term results of its use. Other content concerns are just as worrisome. Copious amounts of blood stain this film during frequent violent altercations. More disturbing moments depict innocent people being shot and stabbed (one with implied comedic benefit), and a man teetering at the top of a building considering suicide.

Eddie’s promiscuous sexual habits are another issue, with scenes showing him confidently seducing various women. Only language is marginally better (and possibly what saved this film from an R-rating) with scatological, religious and other profanities infrequently heard.

While the drug depicted in this film is purely fictitious, there are certainly many pills on the streets of reality with promises just as grandiose as this one. The tremendous benefits the protagonist of this film acquires and the lack of consequences presented, give this movie limitless potential to imply to susceptible audiences that drugs are an easy answer to life’s tough questions.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Limitless.

In this movie a man feels far more confident after taking a drug. Do you think his confidence stems from the drug itself or because he is accomplishing things in his life? How can facing our challenges and overcoming procrastination help us to gain greater self-assurance?

How might a doctor have diagnosed Eddie’s despondent condition? If Eddie was clinically depressed what approved medical methods might be available to him?

A character tells Eddie, "You have not earned those powers," meaning Eddie may be smart but he hasn’t lived through decades of experiences. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

Do we really only use a small portion of our brains? Find out more about this myth: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/tenper.html

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scenes, Coarse Language.
AB 14A
MB 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence.
ON 14A Sexual Content, Substance Abuse, Graphic Violence.
QC 13+ Violence.
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of Limitless...

Limitless releases to home video on July 19, 2011: The DVD version features:

- Unrated Extended Cut of the movie

- A Man Without Limits

-Taking it to the Limit: The Making of Limitless

- Alternate Ending

Limitless on Blu-ray also includes:

- Digital Copy “How to”

- Digital Copy

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