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"SIDE EFFECTS"
(2013) (Jude Law, Rooney Mara) (R)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Dramatic Thriller: A psychiatrist must contend with the fallout of a patient committing a violent act while on medication he prescribed her.
PLOT:
Emily Taylor (ROONEY MARA) is an emotionally troubled young woman with a history of depression. The fact that her husband, Martin (CHANNING TATUM), has been in prison for insider trading hasn't helped matters. Now that he's back out, however, things would seem to looking brighter for them, especially as he attempts to rebuild his business and their former wealth. But she then goes and drives her car into a parking garage wall, an act that leaves her in the emergency room and then under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Banks (JUDE LAW).

He's married to Deidre (VINESSA SHAW) with whom they have a young son, and his business practice with two other partners is going well. Additionally, he's participating in a study for a new anti-depressant medication, and the handsome pay for that helps now that Deidre is unemployed. After consulting with Emily's former psychiatrist, Dr. Erica Siebert (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES), Jonathan takes her advice and puts Emily on a new anti-depressant. Beyond the side effect of her sleepwalking, it seems to be working fine.

That is, until something horrible happens, which leaves her incarcerated and Jonathan's behavior put into question by all of those around him. As his life starts to unravel fairly quickly, he tries to figure out what went wrong and whether there's more to the story than initially meets the eye.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're fans of anyone in the cast, films by director Steven Soderbergh and/or movies of the dramatic thriller genre.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For sexuality, nudity, violence and language.


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