Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Truman Capote, and portrays the famous author during his research of a murder in a small Kansas town that resulted in the celebrated book, "In Cold Blood." Also with Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Cooper and Bruce Greenwood. Directed by Bennett Miller. [1:54]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man's bare chest is shown during a photo shoot when he shows his tattoos.
► A man says that another man was going to have his way with a teenage girl, but that he stopped him. It is implied that two men are lovers.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man slits a man's throat (we see blood spurting from the wound and the man twitches), a woman is shot in the head, and then a boy and a teenage girl (we see glimpses of blood spraying and then blood splashes on a wall near the last victim).
► A man is led to the gallows, a noose is wrapped around his neck, a hood placed over his face, he falls, his feet kick briefly, and he hangs until he is dead.
► We see crime photos of four gunshot victims (they all have very bloody head wounds and their features have become distorted due to their wounds). A young woman finds the body of another young woman bound by the hands and shot in the head (we see a large splatter of blood and matter on the wall).
► Four coffins are arranged in a funeral home, a man opens one of them and sees a woman's body with her head wrapped in cotton gauze (they had each been shot in the head).
► A man threatens to hunt another man down. A man talks about a person having been shot in the face at point blank range. A woman talks about her family and that one sibling shot himself, one is dead and another is in prison for murder. A man says that another man was going to have his way with a teenage girl. We hear that four people were murdered by two men during a robbery in their home. A man talks about his mother dying and the grief he and his stepfather suffered. We hear that a man in prison has not eaten in a month.
► Two men are sentenced to death for four murders they committed. Two men are strapped into harnesses in preparation for their hanging.
► A man chews an aspirin.
PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 2 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, 1 religious profanity, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in several party scenes and we hear that a man died from the effects of alcoholism. A man smokes cigarettes in many scenes, and a woman smokes cigarettes in many scenes.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, racism, controversy, the appeals system, the legal system, friendship, love, obsession, homosexuality, fraud, insanity, "In Cold Blood."
MESSAGE - Be true to yourself.