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"PROMISED LAND"
(2012) (Matt Damon, Frances McDormand) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Minor
Gun/Weapons Mild
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: A closer for a natural gas company tries to convince residents of a small town to sign over their property for drilling rights, but must contend with various people who object to that.
PLOT:
Steve Butler (MATT DAMON) is a man from a small town who knows how to fit in with other such people. Accordingly, he's become quite good at working for a $9 billion natural gas company in getting small town residents to sign over their property for drilling rights. He's arrived in the latest such place with his business partner, Sue Thomason (FRANCES McDORMAND), and they immediately get to work trying to soft-sell the locals about the influx of cash that could come their way and thus boost both their and the town's fortunes.

Various residents, such as Rob (TITUS WELLIVER) -- who runs the convenience store -- and Paul Geary (LUCAS BLACK) are easy sells. But not everyone is convinced, including high school science teacher Frank Yates (HAL HOLBROOK) who's determined to make sure everyone knows about the potential dangers of fracking. He gets an ally in Dustin Noble (JOHN KRASINSKI) who works for a small environmental cause and doesn't want what happened to his family farm to happen to these good people.

Somewhat caught in the middle is Alice (ROSEMARIE DeWITT), a single teacher who likes both men but isn't sure which is more accurate in their claims. As the town heads for a big vote that will determine their future, Steve and Sue do what they can to battle the opposition and win.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who are fans of anyone in the cast or the film's director may be interested, as might those curious about the overall fracking issue.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language.


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