Water For Elephants

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Hal Holbrook. Drama. Written by Richard LaGravenese. Directed by Francis Lawrence.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Jacob Jankowski is about to take his final exams in veterinary medicine at Cornell when his parents are killed in a car accident. Itís the depression, the family home is lost to him and he drops out and joins Benzini Brothers, a second-rate traveling circus trying to survive during these lean years. Because he has some qualifications as a vet, he is hired by the owner, a ruthless man with a violent temper and a beautiful wife. Guess what happens?

PREVIEW REVIEW: Bookended by the always pleasing Hal Holbrook as Jacob in his old age, the drama is well acted by all and splendidly directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine).

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Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor:
Fox 2000

Summary
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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: A couple of obscenities Ė the s-word.

Profanity: Two profane uses of Godís name.

Violence: Though within the PG-13 range, there is some violence, including several beatings, the villain brutalizes his employees, animals and finally beats and nearly strangles his wife; we see dead bodies of two men thrown from a train. Blood: Some blood, both on an elephant mistreated by the circus owner and on the lead after heís beaten by the villainís henchmen.

Sex: The two leads fall in love and while attempting to stay loyal in marriage, the woman gives in to adultery; there is one sexual situation between the leads as they consummate their relationship Ė no nudity, nor does it become graphic; stripteases travel with the circus, one scene shows one of the women doing a burlesque strip for paying customers in a sideshow tent; we only see her naked back.

Nudity: Though there is no nudity, it is hinted at when a stripteaser performs.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: A great deal of drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Above


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