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At Theaters: 12/28/2012 On Video: 4/23/2013
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600017
Studio: Focus Features
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Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's citizens as likely to accept their company's offer - for drilling rights to their properties - as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated - professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates and personally by Steve's encounter with Alice. When Dustin Noble, a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.
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Drama - This is an earnest, issue-minded drama aimed at an older adult audience. Matt Damon, who co-wrote with co-star John Krasinski, has a meaty lead showcase here, with all other actors, including Krasinski, taking a secondary role. Language makes the film inappropriate for children, who would not be interested anyhow.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Matt Damon GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE BOURNE IDENTITY
John Krasinski TV series THE OFFICE, SOMETHING BORROWED
Frances McDormand MADAGASCAR 3, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Rosemarie Dewitt THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, CINDERELLA MAN
Director: Gus Van Sant GOOD WILL HUNTING, MILK, FINDING FORRESTER
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About the Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 24 F-words; 20 S-words; 4 GD's; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: A punch draws blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol at bars and meals.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Some comic banter and lines.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average There are times when a film can survive a misstep even if it occurs at the end. That's not the case with Promised Land...

USA Today Full Review
Good Damon shines in one of his best roles in this tale of small-town America.

Washington Post Full Review
Average When these formidable actresses are on screen, 'Promised Land' fizzes and pops; otherwise it's an attractive, well-intentioned dry well.

NY Post Full Review
Below Average I have to admit I was wrong about Matt Damon and John Krasinski's anti-fracking movie 'Promised Land.' When plot details first leaked out, I thought it couldn't be that ridiculous. My bad!

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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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 45 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
Fairly Low
100%
30+Adults (M)
16
Fairly Low
75%
30+Adults (F)
25
About 50/50
72%
*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 45 moviegoers:
It appears the moviegoer reviews are as mixed as the critic reviews. Overall, these are pretty mediocre reviews (not bad but certainly not great).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Both the two males and two females rated it average.
ADULTS:Close to half the males rated it above average and another similar number rated it just average. The remaining 15 to 20 percent rated it low to very low. The female reviews are actually pretty decent. Half either loved it or enjoyed it very much. Just over half of the remaining half rated it average. Like the males, about 15 to 20 percent rated it low to very low.

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