A man (Ryan Gosling) working for a political campaign becomes embroiled in a scandal that can destroy his candidate (George Clooney), a man in whom he had unquestioningly invested his loyalty and trust. Also with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei. Directed by George Clooney. [1:42]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman have sex: we see his bare back as he thrusts on top of her, we hear them breathing rhythmically and we see them in bed together after sex. A man is shown dressing and a woman climbs out of bed, behind him (sex is implied).
► A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man is seen wearing a tank T-shirt and boxer shorts and a bit of his bare abdomen is visible.
► A wife rests her head on her husband's shoulder and he kisses her on the head. A man kisses a woman on the head.
► A woman flirts with a man and they talk about having sex. A woman asks a man for money for an abortion. A woman confesses to having had sex with a married man. A woman makes a crude remark about a man having sex with an intern. Two men talk about having had sex with a woman. A woman flirts with a man and invites him to a bar after work. A man and a woman flirt in a bar while drinking alcohol. A woman offers a man sexual favors in exchange for information (she's seemingly joking and she's engaged to someone else).
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman is shown dead on the floor from an overdose (we see her from the torso down and see an empty vial of prescription pills); it is not clear whether it was accidental.
► We see people grieving at a funeral.
► Two men argue. Several scenes depict people in heated conversations. Two men argue and one fires the other. A man talks about someone rigging the ballot box. A man says, "They'll kill us." A woman makes a remark about a man "drinking the Kool-Aid."
PROFANITY 10 - About 67 F-words and its derivatives, 4 sexual references, 24 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (Hobbit, fool, dumb), 4 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A woman receives prescription medication after having had an abortion, and we see an empty vial of prescription pills on a nightstand when a woman is found dead from an overdose. Men and women are shown drinking alcohol in a bar scene, two men drink alcohol in a bar, and a man and a woman drink alcohol in a bar. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Political campaigns, honesty, the Constitution of the United States, religion, voting, homelessness, national security, political debates, extremism, the press, political polls, dirty politics, robo-calling, loyalty, trust, damage control, paranoia, socialism, underdog, gay Americans, blackmail, interracial marriage, making mistakes, abortion, suicide, accidental overdose, lying, cheating, extortion, dignity, integrity, death of a loved one, grief.
MESSAGE - There's no such thing as a sure thing in politics.