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"THE GUYS"
(2003) (Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
*None None None *Moderate None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Minor None None None Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Minor None Mild Heavy None


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A writer helps a fireman compose the eulogies for his fallen comrades who perished on September 11, 2001.
PLOT:
It's been ten days since the attacks on the World Trade Center and Joan (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) is still trying to cope. Although the writer didn't lose anyone and wasn't directly affected by the incident, she's nevertheless hurting.

She gets a chance to heal and help another victim when she agrees to write eulogies for several missing firemen. Their captain, Nick (ANTHONY LaPAGLIA), managed to survive but lost many of his men and friends.

As a result, he's found himself unable to write anything about them. He's also initially reluctant to accept her help and open up to her. Yet, after a while, he finally does and soon the two find themselves helping each other heal.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're fans of Weaver or LaPaglia or are interested in reliving the emotional trauma of 9-11, it's not very likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For thematic elements and brief language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • SIGOURNEY WEAVER plays a writer who helps Nick compose the eulogies for his fallen men and then becomes even more emotionally drawn into and devastated by the events and aftermath of 9-11.
  • ANTHONY LaPAGLIA plays a firefighter captain who comes to Joan for helping in writing eulogies for his men who perished on 9-11. Initially reluctant or unable to loosen up and talk about them, he eventually does just that with Joan's help. He briefly uses some profanity.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).


    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this drama that's been rated PG. Beyond some brief profanity and colorful phrases, as well as the hard-hitting and potentially disturbing emotional aftermath of the events of 9-11 (which aren't seen), the rest of the film's categories have little or nothing in the way of objectionable content.

    Nevertheless, should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None, although Nick mentions one of the firefighters going out drinking to meet women.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • None.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Although the film does not show the attacks of 9-11 or much of the aftermath beyond shots of office papers falling near the firehouse, it's all about the emotional aftermath of that event and a firefighter having to write eulogies for his fallen comrades. Accordingly, it may be quite upsetting and/or disturbing to some viewers.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • We briefly see a still photo of men in a foreign country holding guns.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Pain in the ass," "Screwing up" and "Nuts" (crazy).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 ass and 2 uses each of "God" and "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see Joan in bed with her husband (nothing sexual is occurring) and see the top of her breast (nothing explicit) as her arm is above her head.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We briefly see some grieving family members at a memorial service.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The events of September 11, 2001 and the aftermath.
  • Dealing with death, grief, denial, guilt and other related emotions.
  • Eulogies.
  • Firefighters.
  • VIOLENCE
  • None.



  • Reviewed January 6, 2003 / Posted March 28, 2003

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