The true story of how inexperienced twenty-something journalist Stephen Glass became one of the most sought-after feature writers in Washington, DC during the mid-90s. However, his greatest success was in repeatedly hoodwinking the presumably lucid editors of the political magazine The New Republic into publishing faked stories. With Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson, ChloŽ Sevigny, Jamie Elman and Hayden Christensen. Directed by Billy Ray. [1:43]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - Several young men chase a woman down a hallway and call after her in a lewd manner. People talk about someone having posted photographs of someone nude on a web site. A young man talks about another man kissing him when he thought he was gay. A young woman appears to be romantically interested in a young man. A young woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A group of young men chase a woman down a hallway and call after her in a lewd manner. A man yells at a young man, and a man yells at a woman. A young man says he's afraid of what he might do if he's left alone. A young man talks about people committing felonies. People talk about Mike Tyson having bitten Evander Holyfield's ear off. A man urinates in a urinal (we see him from the back).
PROFANITY 5 - 2 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 11 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Journalistic integrity, respect, loyalty, the Pulitzer Prize, The New Republic, the media's ability to influence public opinion, the pursuit of the truth, homosexuality, computer hacking, responsibility, popularity, success, gossip, disappointment, fiction.
MESSAGE - Sooner or later lies catch up with us. Even the most seasoned editors can be suckers for stories that are obviously too good to be true.
(Note: People are shown smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol.)