Chris Cooper stars in this political satire as a grammatically-challenged man from a wealthy, influential family who's trying to get elected as the Governor of Colorado. It turns out, however, that he's the puppet for his older brother (Michael Murphy) who's involved in a web of influence and corruption along with an unscrupulous businessman (Kris Kristofferson). Also with Richard Dreyfuss, Billy Zane, Danny Huston and Daryl Hannah. Directed by John Sayles. [2:09]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman sits behind a man on a bed, wraps her legs around him, kisses his neck, they lie back together and it is implied that they have sex (we see him sleeping in bed later and he is bare-chested). A man and a woman nearly kiss, and a man and a woman hug. A woman talks about a political official having sex in the Oval Office. A woman talks about having gotten pregnant when she was very young and being shunned by her family. A woman wears a very low-cut top that reveals cleavage and part of her bare abdomen.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man holds a gun on another man, and another man shoots the man with the gun (we see blood on the wound). A man works on a car while it is up on a jack, another man kicks the car over and we hear the first man scream (we see him later in the hospital with a bandage on his head and arm). A man falls off scaffolding to his death. A man fishing in a river hooks a human body (we see a blue-tinged hand). A man crawls through a nearly collapsed mine shaft, he falls into water, he panics and flails, and he sees barrels of toxic waste floating. Many dead and bloated fish float to the surface of a river. Two men carry a body to an abandoned silver mine and drop it into a shaft. A woman threatens to shoot a man through the neck with a bow and arrow. A woman points a bow and arrow at a man. We see a dead body covered by a sheet on a stretcher, and a fishing hook is in the hand. A woman does target practice with a bow and arrow. A man threatens a man. We hear that a dangerous chemical solution was used to clean up animal blood in a slaughterhouse. We see a photograph of a dead man's hand. Two men discuss the details of a man's death (from an autopsy report). A man throws a bowl of sugar against a wall. A man yells at someone on the telephone. We see a portrait of a political leader with horns painted on his head. People wear skeleton costumes and skull masks during a "day of the dead" parade. We see a coffin loaded onto the back of a truck.
PROFANITY 6 - 19 F-words, 3 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Latino-Americans, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Politics, cover ups, lying, corruption, big business, greed, power, freedom, capital punishment, grudges, toxic waste disposal, confidentiality, invasion of privacy, the state of journalism, privatization, professional ethics, traditional Christian values, real estate scams, INS, unfair labor practices, dirty politics, environmental issues, adultery, Iran-Contra hearings, lobbyists, racism, illegal immigrants.
MESSAGE - If you can't win the game, change the rules. Life is messy.
(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco and marijuana.)