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

Cast: Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren.
Studio: 2009 Universal Pictures
Website: Official site for State of Play.

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