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A high-powered lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) is sought after to make the case against a firearms bill but her conscience won't allow it. When she takes the other side in the public battle, she becomes a pawn in the process of establishing or rejecting gun safety rules. Also with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark Strong, Jake Lacy, Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Ennis Esmer and Douglas Smith. Directed by John Madden. [2:12]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman have sex and we hear them moaning and see him thrusting on top of her (his upper back is seen). A shirtless man (we see his bare chest and abdomen) lies in a bed as a woman enters the room and is surprised; they talk briefly as she undresses and he unfastens his pants (we see her bare shoulders and upper chest and sex is implied). A man and a woman kiss and she removes his shirt as he presses her against a wall (we see his bare chest and abdomen).
► A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears a camisole that reveals cleavage. Several women at a cocktail party wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, shoulders and upper backs. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and upper backs in several scenes.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man holds a gun on a woman on the sidewalk, he berates her, she falls to her knees and he shoots the gun in the air and then threatens to shoot her as he is shot in the back by another man with a gun (we hear the man died).
► We hear about a girl in a classroom who hid in a janitor's closet while listening to her classmates being gunned down by a mass shooter. Several scenes show people protesting gun violence. A woman is startled when she walks into her bedroom and finds a man lying in her bed (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
► A man gets into a car with another man and threatens his position in the Senate if he does not cooperate. A woman yells and throws papers off a table desk in a conference room. A man yells at a woman and threatens to fire her. A man yells at a woman. A man yells at a woman about being in contempt of Congress if she chooses not to answer during a hearing. A man tells a woman that he wants her to make the case that all women should want to have guns to protect their children. A person says, "Cut their tongues out." A woman reprimands another woman for not washing her hands in the bathroom. A woman yells at a man about reframing an issue. A reference is made to choking someone with their own entrails. A woman says, "I grew up lying." A man says that he wants to destroy a woman's career. A woman says that prison isn't so bad if you don't have a penis.
► A woman brushes her teeth and we see her spit toothpaste into a sink.
LANGUAGE 6 - About 17 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 18 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, little fish, simpering wuss, retarded, lefties, delusional, morally bankrupt, reckless, pathetic, mini-me, witch, boney [anatomical term deleted], harebrained, morally repugnant, nut, rats, parasites), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Christ, Jesus Christ, God Willing, Oh God, Oh My God, Gift From God, Please God).
SUBSTANCE USE - A woman is seen taking pills in several scenes and there is a reference to her being dependent on medications to keep her alert, and a man questions a woman about drug use and dependence. A woman pours herself and a man a drink and she drinks but the man does not, people drink in several bar scenes, and people are shown drinking alcohol at several parties and galas. A woman smokes a cigarette and a man smoke sin a hotel room.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Lobbying, process of governmental decision making, money in government, doing the right thing, gun control, universal background checks, mass shootings, bribery, the 5th Amendment, the 2nd Amendment, perjury, tax code, free market, winning at all costs, public opinion, naiveté, regrets, escort services, contempt of congress, the Brady Bill, confidence, quitting, bravery, substance use, obsession, betrayal, PETA, blackmail, compassion, spying, career suicide, means to an end, senate ethics rules, influence peddling.
MESSAGE - Fighting for a contentious issue can have unexpected consequences.