comedy/drama, a college English professor (Michael Douglas) spends a weekend dealing with
his editor (Robert Downey Jr.) who wants to see his far-from-finished next book, the
married university chancellor (Frances McDormand) with whom he's having an affair and
a gifted but ultra-depressed writing student (Tobey Maguire). Also with Katie Holmes, Rip
Torn, John R. Devich, David Lean, Matt Ross and Richard Thomas. [1:48]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual innuendo (including a discussion about putting
spices and other items on male genitalia to increase pleasure) and a little kissing. A
clothed man and woman hold each other on a bed; also, we see two shirtless men lying in
bed together. We see a shirtless man, a man wearing boxers and a woman wearing only a
T-shirt (most of her bare legs are visible).
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Most of the scenes have a humorous rather than dramatic
tone. A dog is shot several times (the scene isn't too mean-spirited, but could be
upsetting to some); its body is stuffed into a car trunk (we see it there a couple of
times) and later put in a bed. A dog bites a man's ankle; when he lifts up his pant
leg we see the very bloody wound. A man cuts his hand (we don't see the wound, but
see him cover it with a bandage). A man jumps in front of a car several times to stop it,
then jumps on its hood and makes a dent. A few scenes of reckless driving; in one scene, a
car crashes into a brick wall (the driver isn't injured). Some threatening with guns
(one scene is quite suspenseful); a man shoots a gun but doesn't hit anyone.
PROFANITY 6 - 8 F-words, some anatomical references and slang terms, many
scatological references, several mild obscenities and a few insults. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Writing, infidelity, marijuana and prescription drug abuse,
drunkenness, transvestites, homosexuality, theft, deception.
MESSAGE - Stop going through the motions of life and do what you truly want