THE AMERICAN

Excessive Negative Content

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Release Date: September 01, 2010

Starring: George Clooney, Violante
Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo
Bonacelli, and Johan Leysen

Genre: Suspense Thriller

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 95 minutes

Distributor: Focus Features

Director: Anton Corbijn

Executive Producer: Enzo Sisti

Producer: Anne Carey, Jill Green, Ann
Wingate, Grant Heslov, and
George Clooney

Writer: Rowan Joffe

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Content:

(PaPa, CC, B, FR, L, VV, SS, NNN, A, M) Strong mixed pagan worldview with strong Christian premise and content that includes a positive priest figure who talks about lost sheep, turning to God and who says “Hell is a place without love” at one point and an image of a butterfly symbolizes the soul’s departure in death with some discussion about morality, plus a religious procession focuses on a statue of the Virgin Mary with smaller statues of tormented saints pleading to her when it is really Jesus Christ who is the savior of all people, including Mary, as Mary herself states in Luke 1:47; four obscenities includes two “f” words; strong violence with some blood includes people shot at, man shoots two assassins, woman shot dead, man shot dead, man’s neck deliberately broken, two shootouts, gun backfires on shooter putting out shooter’s eye, shooter falls from roof, and car and motorcycle chase; strong sexual content includes extensive depicted fornication scene with implied sexual activity, two scenes of implied fornication, prostitution, woman swims partially nude, passionate kissing, and couple in bedroom with woman lying on bed; excessive nudity includes full frontal female nudity in one scene, woman wears see-through panties in another scene, shots of upper female nudity, some rear female nudity, rear male nudity, and upper male nudity; alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, betrayal and man builds special silencer/suppressor for rifle to be used for an assassination of some kind.

Summary:

THE AMERICAN stars George Clooney as a professional assassin named Jack, who tries to regain his soul while lying low in the Italian countryside. Regrettably, excessive, unacceptable sex and nudity and a somewhat downbeat ending undercut this suspenseful movie’s Christian premise and its superb performances.

Review:

THE AMERICAN contains an excessive amount of sex and nudity that undercuts the movie’s overt Christian premise and content.

George Clooney stars as a mysterious professional assassin named Jack. The movie opens in Sweden, where Jack brutally ends the life of his lover when two men come to kill him in Jack’s cabin by a frozen lake.

Jack returns to Italy, where he calls his boss at the Rome train station. The boss urges him to lie low in the Italian countryside and wait for contact. Jack is suspicious, so he decides to stay in different nearby village than the one his boss picked for him.

The local priest suspects Jack is a lost sheep who needs redemption. He strikes up a friendship with Jack, despite Jack’s guarded nature.

Meanwhile, Jack pursues a torrid liaison with a fancy call girl named Clara in the nearby larger town. Also, Jack’s boss sets up an assignment for Jack that involves Jack picking a gun for a female assassin and crafting a suppressor for the gun.

As Jack builds the weapon, including some special bullets, his affair with Clara turns into a romance. Is it possible that, together, Jack and Clara can find the simple, normal life for which they both yearn? That question gets complicated when it appears that Jack’s boss is the one behind the people who tried to kill him in Sweden and who are now hunting him in Italy.

Running a crisp 95 minutes, THE AMERICAN is a tense, suspenseful thriller. George Clooney does another excellent job as the professional assassin trying to regain his soul. Better yet, his character has wonderful, redemptive scenes with the local priest, played superbly by Italian actor Paolo Bonacelli.

Regrettably, excessive sex and nudity and a somewhat downbeat ending undercut the movie’s overtly Christian premise. There is also brief strong foul language. This negative content ruins an interesting morality tale that could have been more inspiring.

In Brief:

THE AMERICAN stars George Clooney as a professional assassin named Jack. When two men try to assassinate him in Sweden, Jack flees to the Italian countryside to wait for contact from his mysterious boss. The local priest suspects Jack is a lost sheep who needs redemption. So, he strikes up a friendship with Jack, despite Jack’s guarded nature. Meanwhile, Jack pursues a torrid liaison with a fancy call girl named Clara in the nearby larger town. Also, Jack’s boss sets up an assignment for Jack that involves Jack picking a gun for a female assassin and crafting a suppressor for the gun. As Jack builds the weapon, including some special bullets, his affair with Clara turns into a romance. Is it possible that, together, Jack and Clara can find the simple life for which they both yearn?

THE AMERICAN is a tense, suspenseful thriller. George Clooney does another excellent job as the professional assassin trying to regain his soul. Better yet, his character has wonderful, redemptive scenes with the local priest. Regrettably, excessive, unacceptable sex and nudity and a downbeat ending undercut the movie’s Christian premise. There is also some brief foul language.