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(2011) (Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro) (PG-13)

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

Drama: A down-on-his luck, unfocused and unmotivated writer becomes one of the world's most successful, focused, and motivated individuals after taking a mysterious pill.
Eddie Morra (BRADLEY COOPER) is a down-on-his-luck writer who is about to lose his book deal because he has no drive and no inspiration. He always feels he's on the cusp of greatness, or at least a great idea, and then never follows through. His girlfriend, Lindy (ABBIE CORNISH), has just broken up with him. And he is behind on his rent.

Into his life comes Vernon (JOHNNY WHITWORTH), the brother of Eddie's first wife, Melissa (ANNA FRIEL). Vernon used to be a small-time drug dealer, but now he is a shady sales rep for an unnamed pharmaceutical giant. He claims to have an $800-a-pill wonder drug that will allow humans to access 100 percent of their brains. Eddie reluctantly takes one and loves it. When he finds Vernon dead in his apartment, he takes the whole stash.

Soon, Eddie is finishing books at alarming rates of speed. He then begins to see patterns in the stock market and starts to invest. He borrows money from a local loan shark named Gennady (ANDREW HOWARD) to turn thousands into millions. Before long, Eddie is a celebrity and draws the interest of corporate mogul Carl Van Loon (ROBERT DE NIRO).

But Eddie begins to run low on his supply of pills just as Gennady and the sinister Man in Tan Coat (TOMAS ARANA) pursue him around the city, wanting to take his stash and cause him harm. Not only that, but Eddie starts to feel some scary side effects. Time starts to skip for him. He has blackouts and doesn't know how he got from Point A to Point B. Can he wean himself off the drug and not die? Or is there a way he can control the substance's effects and reach his full potential?

While the PG-13 rating broadens the audience, this does not have any great appeal to teens and pre-teens, unless they're fans of someone in the cast.
For thematic material involving a drug, violence, including disturbing images, sexuality, and language.

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