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"MONEY MONSTER"
(2016) (George Clooney, Julia Roberts) (R)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Dramatic Thriller: A financial TV host and his producer must contend with an irate investor taking him hostage live on the air, resulting in a hasty examination of the stock price drop that created the situation.
PLOT:
Lee Gates (GEORGE CLOONEY) is the flamboyant TV host of the financial news show "Money Monster." While unsuccessful at marriage, he's made lots of money mixing financial advice and entertainment, but his longtime producer, Patty Fenn (JULIA ROBERTS), has had enough and is soon going to leave for other ventures, although she hasn't let him know yet. That has to wait, however, as 24-year-old Kyle Budwell (JACK O'CONNELL), irate about losing $60,000 he invested in IBIS Clear Capital, manages to get on the set and take Lee, cameraman Lenny (LENNY VENITO), and others hostage. He's upset that Lee highly recommended the stock that recently tanked -- to the tune of $800 million -- and wants both answers and an apology.

Able to speak to Lee via his broadcast earpiece, Patty tries to keep the situation from turning deadly -- a predicament heightened by the fact that Kyle has outfitted Lee with a bomb vest and holds a detonator switch in his hand -- and sends producer Ron Sprecher (CHRISTOPHER DENHAM) off to get answers as quickly as possible. They eventually get IBIS Chief Communications Officer Diane Lester (CAITRIONA BALFE) on a remote live interview, but she initially only reads from the corporate playbook, all to keep things contained and protect her boss and lover, IBIS CEO Walt Camby (DOMINIC WEST).

At the same time, NYPD officer Capt. Powell (GIANCARLO ESPOSITO) sets up a command post nearby and eventually sends some of his men into the building. As Lee and Patty try to prevent Kyle from doing anything too hasty on the set, they begin digging into what caused IBIS' stock to tank, resulting in revelations none of them or Kyle had been expecting.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older ones might if they're fans of Clooney, Roberts or anyone else in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence.


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