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L.A. Confidential

Three cops, a call girl, a mysterious millionaire, a tabloid journalist fuel a labyrinthine plot rife with mystery, ambition, romance and humor. With KEVIN SPACEY, RUSSEL CROWE and KIM BASINGER!

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PAUSE for kids age 16
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Dense, tangled period cop drama for adults.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this isn't a thrill-ride cops-a-go-go actioner for kids. Laden with vicious homicide, numerous subplots and multiple characters, it depicts deep police-force corruption and entrenched brutality in law-enforcement. Even its "heroic" policemen are badly flawed, self-serving characters. One crusades chivalrously against assailants who batter women; yet he himself becomes one, out of sexual jealousy. Swear words flow thicker than the bloody wounds, and there is much talk of prostitution and sex.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the time period of the early 1950s, and the parallels between this script's scandal-sheet Hush-Hush with the real-life one called Confidential. Research crime/showbiz scandals of the time (the Web has the juicy details), about the Johnny Stompanato murder, and how Confidential magazine went too far. Are popular gossip Web sites such as just as bad today or not?

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5 stars

After reading this novel i had high expectations, and the film exceeded all of them. It might not be a great adaption, buts its a magnificent movie that's even better than the book. Plus this is the first movie where Russell Crowe defined himself as the Aussie bad boy we all know and love

- nelsonpickens, Wednesday, May 26, 2010

5 stars

A masterpiece. An extraordinary and magnificent flick. A marvelous and very enjoyable mystery. It's vintage edge of your seat excitement. It entertains in a classy and uniquely impressive way. It delivers terrific performances all around. Kevin Spacey is brilliant. Russel Crowe is a knockout. Guy Pearce is terrific. Kim Basinger is marvelous. James Cromwell is excellent. It's a total powerhouse. Movies don't get any better than this. Excellent entertainment. One of the best crime dramas in years. It packs a solid mixture of suspense, humor, romance, gun-play and great detective storytelling. Terrifically tense and relentlessly exciting. It's first-rate. Sizzling, sexy, dazzling, explosive and exhilarating. A pulse-pounding and adrenaline-pumping crime-drama.

- allan913, Sunday, January 17, 2010

5 stars

A great movie and a very interesting neo-noir look. It has a great ensemble cast and intersecting story lines like most of James Ellroy's other crime epics. What sets this apart from a lot of other nostalgia pieces is that it completely nails the feel of the time period. It's somehow more light-hearted and melodramatic than a modern adaption would have been.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, January 10, 2010