Ryan Gosling stars as a smug, successful assistant DA whose last assignment before he leaves for a new high-paying private sector job is to prosecute a man (Anthony Hopkins) who has readily confessed to shooting his wife. Thinking it's going to be a cinch, he takes the case but he instead becomes part of a set-up that threatens not only his current position but also his ability to continue to practice law. Also with David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike and Embeth Davidtz. Directed by Gregory Hoblit. [1:52]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman have sex: we see his bare chest, other indiscernible bare flesh and we see movement and kissing. A woman lies nude in bed (we see her bare shoulders), a man kisses her, she slips on a negligee (we see her bare back) and it is implied that hey have had sex.
► A man and a woman kiss, and a husband and wife hug.
► A married man and a married woman are having an affair with each other. A man talks about another man sniffing a woman's panties.
VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman is shot in the head, she falls to the floor and blood pools under her.
► We hear a gunshot and see a man lying dead on the floor (blood pools under him on the floor and he has blood splattered on his head and neck). A woman's body is dragged across the floor, smearing blood.
► A man strikes another man's hand knocking a gun to the floor, the first man then attacks the other man and punches him several times. A man in a courtroom attacks another man and punches him.
► Two security guards restrain a man and push him to the floor. A man with a gun shoots several times through a window.
► A woman in a coma lies in a hospital bed with a bandage around her head (there's a spot of blood on the bandage) and a feeding tube in her mouth.
► A husband confronts his wife about being unfaithful. A man describes shooting a woman in the face so that she wouldn't look so pretty anymore. We hear a description of a woman's head wound.
PROFANITY 5 - 8 F-words, 4 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at an opera intermission, people drink alcohol at a party, and people drink alcohol with dinner. Medical staff members are shown smoking cigarettes outside a hospital.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Infidelity, jealousy, murder, success, rage, suicide, legal system, law, confession, failure, ego, reputation, being tested, restraining orders, judgment, honesty, brain trauma, justice, manipulation of the truth, termination of life support, public humiliation, double jeopardy, coercion.
MESSAGE - Knowledge is pain. Everyone has a weakness.
(Note: A woman tells a man, "God wants to see you," referring to his boss.)