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At Theaters: 3/28/2008 On Video: 7/8/2008
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 509989
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Sgt. King is a decorated Iraq war hero that is trying to resume his life after his tour of duty. His two buddies and him have been trying to make peace with civilian life. Then, against his will, the Army orders him back to Iraq.
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Drama - Unlike most Iraq war-themed dramas, this one is aimed at a young adult audience and is cast accordingly with hot young stars. However, this is a very serious and downbeat drama that may not have too much wide appeal.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ryan Phillippe BREACH, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, IGBY GOES DOWN
Abbie Cornish ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE, A GOOD YEAR
Channing Tatum STEP UP, SHE'S THE MAN, SUPERCROSS THE MOVIE
Joseph Gordon-Levitt THE LOOKOUT, TREASURE PLANET
Ciaran Hinds THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Timothy Olyphant HITMAN, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, CATCH AND RELEASE
Victor Rasuk FEEL THE NOISE, LORDS OF DOGTOWN
Rob Brown THE EXPRESS, TAKE THE LEAD, COACH CARTER
Director: Kimberly Peirce BOYS DON'T CRY
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PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 28 S-words, 11 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings, burns.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Gunplay and war combat.
COMEDY: None.
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USA Today Full Review
Above Average Stop-Loss can't quite decide whether to focus on making a powerful statement on a controversial and unfamiliar military policy or on a more predictable drama about the traumatic effect of war on young people's lives.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 71 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
13
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
19
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
9
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (F)
20
Fairly High
95%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 71 moviegoers:
TEENS:Nearly three-quarters of the teens truly enjoyed "Stop-Loss." Unfortunately, a fair number rated it below average which is a bit disappointing. Recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Close to great reviews from both males and the females. Most enjoyed it very much so I can easily recommend "Stop-Loss," but about a quarter of you may be a little disappointed.
ADULTS:The male reviews aren't great but they aren't bad. About half truly enjoyed it, rating it "Very Good" or higher. Unfortunately, the remaining half only rated it as "Good/Average," which is a little disappointing. The female reviews are also good but not great. About two-thirds thought it was a great movie and half of the remaining third rated it "Good/Average." The remaining reviews are below average, which isn't good. Too mixed to make a recommendation either way.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It is ridiculously hot, the kind of heat that causes asphalt to shimmer like a mirage. The infrequent wind only kicks up fluffy cotton tufts and dust. Nonetheless, the occasional green onion field flashes by, a testament to modern irrigation, determination and the old fashioned migrant labor that tends to the land. This is Brazos, Texas and it is home to Staff Sgt. Brandon King (RYAN PHILLIPPE) and Sgt. Steve Shriver (CHANNING TATUM). They are returning as war heroes in a tin can of a bus, alongside their wartime buddies. They will take a bow in front of cheering hometown crowds and then they will try to resume civilian life as Brandon King and Steve Shriver, best childhood friends. They went to war with noble, patriotic intentions, they served valiantly and now they will try to leave it behind. Friends and family help – especially Michele (ABBIE CORNISH), Steve’s fiancée, who is like a sister to Brandon. Still, the ghosts of Iraq follow them home and manifest in drunken brawls, deteriorating marriages and fraying friendships. Brandon, the squad leader, tries to hold his comrades together.

Then, unexpectedly, Brandon receives orders to return to Iraq. Invoking a measure called Stop-Loss, the Army indefinitely extends Brandon’s enlistment. It upends his entire world and as he struggles to make sense of it, he turns to one of the only people he can trust – Michele. She becomes his confidante and accomplice, even as Steve tries to bring his friend and former CO to his senses and, ultimately, back to the military. Love and loyalty are tested as Brandon King, decorated war hero, goes AWOL. With Michele’s help, he races across the U.S. – a fugitive from justice in the country he fought to protect – in search of a way out of his predicament.

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