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Release Date: April 04, 2003

Starring: Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older children to
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE GUYS is a powerful
tribute to the fallen New York
firefighters who gave their
lives on 911 to help others
when the Islamic terrorists
destroyed the World Trade
Center. Though it displays the
staged aspects of the original
theatrical play on which it's
based, the movie is totally
absorbing, dramatic and
heartfelt. Sigourney Weaver
stars in the movie as Joan, a
middle-class writer who's
employed to help Nick, a fire
captain who must deliver
eulogies for four of the eight
men he lost in the tragedy.
Slowly, but in a thoroughly
compelling fashion, the movie
shows Joan drawing Nick out to
describe each of the four men
and tell her what each one
meant to him. Though Nick is
skeptical, he learns that he
knew more about the men than
he realized, even though he
was close to only one of the
men and even though one of the
men was a new, young guy who
had been with Nick's ladder
company only a few weeks. Joan
reads three of the final
eulogies back to Nick; Nick
reads the fourth eulogy at the
Christian memorial of the last
firefighter. THE GUYS works
wonderfully well whenever it
shows Joan and Nick working
together on the eulogies of
the four dedicated firemen. As
Joan probingly questions Nick
about each man, viewers gain
delightful and poignant
insights into both the
personalities of each man and
the inner workings of Nick's
personal grief as he comes to
terms with the facts of his
tragic loss. Of course, one of
the strongest portraits turns
out to be Nick's best friend,
Patrick. Unexpectedly, Patrick
turns out to be a natural-born
leader to whom all the men
looked up, even Nick. Also
unexpectedly, Patrick turns
out to be a highly-principled
man of faith, a thoroughly
professional fireman who
values God, church and family.
As Nick describes his friend,
viewers learn that Patrick's
values affected all of the
men, even those who seemed to
be fun loving
troublemakers. Thus, THE GUYS
is not just a powerful tribute
to the valiant, but average,
men who gave their lives that
fateful morning on 911. It's
also a powerful tribute to the
impact that a strong Christian
faith can have on those around
us. THE GUYS goes even deeper
than that, however, because it
also shows that the other
firefighters also had an
effect on Nick, on his
comrades, and eventually on
Joan herself. Thus, every one
of us, even those who don't
have a strong Christian faith,
can affect the lives of those
around us, in life as well as
in death. In the end,
therefore, THE GUYS represents
a tribute not only to Christ
but also to the human
condition, which, as all
Christians should know,
reflects the Image of
God. MOVIEGUIDE® highly
recommends this clean,
uplifting movie, which
contains excellent
performances by Sigourney
Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia.
It is an extraordinary
American film that reminds us
all of the dignity and value
of each and every human life.
THE GUYS clearly shows
moviegoers that how we die is
not the only important thing
to remember, but how we
lived. Please address your
comments to: David Linde and
James
Schamus Co-President Focus
Features 100 North Crescent
Drive, Garden Level Beverly
Hills, CA 90210 Phone: (310)
385-4000 Fax: (310)
385-4408 Website:
www.focusfeatures.com and Stacey
Snider, Chairman Universal
Pictures Ron Meyer,
President/COO Universal
Studios 100 Universal City
Plaza Universal City, CA
91608-1085 Phone: (818)
777-1000 Web Page:
www.universalstudios.com

Rating: PG

Runtime: 84 minutes

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Content:

(CC, BBB, Ro, L, V, D, M) Strong implied Christian worldview with very strong moral elements, marred by light Romantic elements; one light obscenity and two light exclamatory profanities; image of World Trade Center Towers falling but no other violence; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol use; brief smoking; and, grieving woman asks God to turn back time.



GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

In THE GUYS, Sigourney Weaver stars as Joan, a middle-class writer who's employed to help Nick, a fire captain who must deliver eulogies for four fallen New York firefighters who gave their lives on 911 to help others when the Islamic terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center. THE GUYS extols church, family and work, and other positive values.

Review:

THE GUYS is a powerful tribute to the fallen New York firefighters who gave their lives on 911 to help others when the Islamic terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center. Though it displays the staged aspects of the original theatrical play on which it's based, the movie is totally absorbing, dramatic and heartfelt.

Sigourney Weaver stars in the movie as Joan, a middle-class writer who's employed to help Nick, a fire captain who must deliver eulogies for four of the eight men he lost in the tragedy. Slowly, but in a thoroughly compelling fashion, the movie shows Joan drawing Nick out to describe each of the four men and tell her what each one meant to him. Though Nick is skeptical, he learns that he knew more about the men than he realized, even though he was close to only one of the men and even though one of the men was a new, young guy who had been with Nick's ladder company only a few weeks. Joan reads three of the final eulogies back to Nick; Nick reads the fourth eulogy at the Christian memorial of the last firefighter.

THE GUYS works wonderfully well whenever it shows Joan and Nick working together on the eulogies of the four dedicated firemen. As Joan probingly questions Nick about each man, viewers gain delightful and poignant insights into both the personalities of each man and the inner workings of Nick's personal grief as he comes to terms with the facts of his tragic loss. Of course, one of the strongest portraits turns out to be Nick's best friend, Patrick. Unexpectedly, Patrick turns out to be a natural-born leader to whom all the men looked up, even Nick. Also unexpectedly, Patrick turns out to be a highly-principled man of faith, a thoroughly professional fireman who values God, church and family. As Nick describes his friend, viewers learn that Patrick's values affected all of the men, even those who seemed to be fun loving troublemakers.

Thus, THE GUYS is not just a powerful tribute to the valiant, but average, men who gave their lives that fateful morning on 911. It's also a powerful tribute to the impact that a strong Christian faith can have on those around us. THE GUYS goes even deeper than that, however, because it also shows that the other firefighters also had an effect on Nick, on his comrades, and eventually on Joan herself. Thus, every one of us, even those who don't have a strong Christian faith, can affect the lives of those around us, in life as well as in death. In the end, therefore, THE GUYS represents a tribute not only to Christ but also to the human condition, which, as all Christians should know, reflects the Image of God.

MOVIEGUIDE® highly recommends this clean, uplifting movie, which contains excellent performances by Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia. It is an extraordinary American film that reminds us all of the dignity and value of each and every human life. THE GUYS clearly shows moviegoers that how we die is not the only important thing to remember, but how we lived.

Please address your comments to:

David Linde and James Schamus

Co-President

Focus Features

100 North Crescent Drive, Garden Level

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: (310) 385-4000

Fax: (310) 385-4408

Website: www.focusfeatures.com

and

Stacey Snider, Chairman

Universal Pictures

Ron Meyer, President/COO

Universal Studios

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608-1085

Phone: (818) 777-1000

Web Page: www.universalstudios.com

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