An amazingly intelligent but emotionally-troubled
young man (Matt Damon) is torn between using his genius and just being one of the
working-class guys. With Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgard,
Casey Affleck and Cole Hauser. Directed by Gus Van Sant.
SEX/NUDITY 3 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including a few lewd jokes and
references to homosexuality, masturbation, and oral sex). Kissing, sometimes passionately.
A couple talks and kisses in bed; the woman wears a tank top and the man is shirtless. We
briefly hear sounds of a man and woman having sex, and we learn that, off-screen, a man
has been masturbating while watching a pornographic movie. We see a few cleavage-revealing
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two groups of guys get into a fistfight; they punch and
kick each other, and one man is repeatedly punched in the face (his face and a few of the
others' faces are cut and bloody). A man punches the wall next to a woman's face
during an argument. A man grabs another man by the throat while verbally threatening him.
PROFANITY 10 - Nearly 150 F-words, lots of anatomical and scatological
references, many insults and several mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Being a genius, abandonment, death, therapy, falling in love,
taking risks, friendship, success and failure, psychiatry.
MESSAGE - Don't be afraid to expand your horizons; a comfortable life
isn't necessarily a satisfying one.