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"THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES"
(2013) (Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Extreme
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) Moderate
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: The lives of a motorcycle stunt driver, a street patrol cop and their sons intersect in ways they couldn't have imagined.
PLOT:
Luke Glanton (RYAN GOSLING) is a motorcycle stunt driver who performs in a traveling carnival. Their latest stop is in Schenectady, New York where Luke runs into Romina (EVA MENDES), a waitress with whom he had a fling a year earlier. Unbeknownst to him, that resulted in a child who Romina is raising with her live-in boyfriend, Kofi (MAHERSHALA ALI). Suddenly feeling paternalistic, Luke quits his gig and takes a job working for Robin (BEN MENDELSOHN), a low-end local mechanic who sees something in the young man. Namely, that's someone who could help him return to his old ways of robbing banks.

Avery Cross (BRADLEY COOPER) is a street cop there, married to Jennifer (ROSE BYRNE) and father of their young son. During a routine day, he spots a wanted criminal, gives chase and ends up wounded in the process of killing the perp. District Attorney Bill Killcullen (BRUCE GREENWOOD) ultimately clears him of any wrongdoing, but Avery's supreme court judge dad, Al (HARRIS YULIN), still thinks his son is wasting his potential and education. But other cops such as Scott (GABE FAZIO) and veteran detective Deluca (RAY LIOTTA) view Avery as a hero clearly qualified to receive some illegally gained cash. And that's just the tip of the iceberg that Avery soon discovers lurking beneath the local police department.

Fifteen years later, Avery is running for Attorney General when his ex-wife informs him that he must have their troubled teenage son AJ (EMORY COHEN) live with him before completely going off the rails. Avery isn't crazy about the idea but takes on the challenge that involves AJ transferring to a new school. There, he meets fellow loner and outcast Jason (DANE DeHAAN), with the two quickly becoming fast friends even if AJ's behavior ultimately ends up a bit wild for Jason. As their interaction becomes increasingly intense, they soon discover part of the reason for that.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of gritty crime dramas and/or any of the cast members, they might be, but older teens seem the most likely audience among kids.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference.


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