After an insurance salesman (Greg Kinnear) is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith implicating him in the death of a local truck driver and the theft of a rare violin, his life changes. Also with Lea Thompson, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin and David Harbour. Directed by Jill Sprecher. [1:33]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - Sex is implied between a man and a woman: we see them presumably after sex, with the man's bare chest is visible as they lie in bed and the woman rests her head on his chest while making a sexual comment.
► A woman sits on a man's lap and strokes his face; the man tries to push her off as she unfastens his belt and it is implied that she performs oral sex on him (no nudity is visible; the man wakes up later with his pants around his ankles and he is wearing boxer-style underwear).
► A woman angrily accuses a man, asking if "anything happened" between him and another woman in a hotel room while showing him an earring that had been found in the man's hotel room; the man denies anything happening.
► At a beach and poolside area we see men and women wearing swimsuits, including a woman wearing a bikini in the background.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man violently strikes the back of another man's head with a hammer; the man hits the floor, blood immediately pools around his lifeless body and we see blood collecting on the rug under his body (we later learn that the deceased man had been wearing a metal skull cap, he was unharmed and the blood was animal blood).
► Two men roll a dead man's body in a tent and scrub and clean the blood-covered rug that the body had been on; the two men then shove the tent-wrapped body into the back of a van and we see them pull the body from the van and attempt to shove it into a hole in an icy lake but they are unable and so one of the men uses an axe to chop up the body (we later learn that the "body" was actually a side of beef and the "dead" man remained unharmed).
► A man grabs another man, slams him against a wall and shakes him; the man then picks up a violin and smashes it next to where the man is standing. A man slams open his car door into a man standing beside his car. A man angrily shouts and pounds his fists (and an ice cream cone) into the dashboard of another man's car. A man throws snowballs at another man's window, grimacing and shouting at the man through the window. A man angrily slams his fists on a wall.
► On multiple occasions a man panics and shouts angrily, "I will not go back to jail." A man tells another man that he had been jailed after a "meth lab" blew up and he elaborates that he had gotten out of jail and then "beaten to a bloody pulp" by the man that had implicated him in the crime. Two men discuss how they need to dispose of a dead man's body, and one of the men exclaims that he does not want a body "oozing" all over his van. A man tells another man that a dead body had gotten blood all over the back of a van and he will need to have his van detailed. A man and a woman angrily whisper-shout at one another. A man tells another man that an elderly man's sister had a stroke and later that she had died; we later learn that the woman did not actually exist and the stroke was planned as a ruse. An elderly man tearfully tells a man that his sister had died and no one cared about her and would not read her obituary and when he dies he knows people will read his obituary (we later learn that the story of the man's sister dying was a ruse). On multiple occasions we hear a man tell people hyperbolic stories of disasters and "accidents," including telling two men that he had a friend who was in a hunting accident and "blew off half his face" but survived; a man tells another man that a man's house had exploded after a gas leak, leaving "only ashes" and now the man is homeless. A man tells another man that his wife experiences seizures. A man overhears two men talking about how one of the men is going to have to "put down" his sick dog. A man explains to another man that a person had been using the Social Security number of a dead man. A man instructs another man to "scare him" a bit, in reference to selling an elderly man more insurance than he needs. A man makes a derogatory comment about the "female brain" being small and incompetent.
► An elderly man begins to cry when he believes his dog has disappeared; a man tells the elderly man that he found the dog dead on the roadway and was going to have it cremated (we later learn that the man had been lying about finding the dog dead and that the dog was safe). A dog barks angrily at a man and snaps at his hand.
► A man takes a photograph of another man standing next to a dead body (we see the photograph multiple times and a small amount of blood is visible under the dead man's head).
► We see a man trying to pocket a small clock while another man shouts and accuses him of trying to steal a clock. A man almost slips on an icy sidewalk.
► After drinking, a man dry heaves (coughing and heaving at the side of a car) and it is implied that he vomits but we do not see the vomit or hear the vomit hitting the ground/ice.
PROFANITY 8 - About 31 F-words and its derivatives, 16 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (ridiculous, schmuck, stupid, jerk, screwy, senile, exhausting, desperate sucker), exclamations (jack you up), 8 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A woman pours a powdered substance into a man's drink and the man falls asleep immediately and then wakes up hours later, and it is implied that a man drugged a bottle of liquor that he hands to another man who vomits profusely. Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking at bars and at home and in a casino, and a woman appears heavily intoxicated after she has a man buy her a drink (we later learn that the woman had been sober and putting on an act). We see a man smoking a cigarette, an elderly man buys cigarettes.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Con artists, insurance fraud, dishonesty, infidelity in a marriage, financial problems, disappointment.
MESSAGE - Creating the perfect crime involves a lot of steps.