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Wrenching drama in which a Vegas loser (William H. Macy) finally finds transforming love with a cocktail waitress (Maria Bello), but standing squarely in their way is their vicious casino boss (Alec Baldwin). While overly graphic and violent, director Wayne Kramer's probing characterizations explore themes of accountability, renewal and redemption with a raw honesty. A few intense sexual encounters with full nudity, some brutal violence, brief drug abuse, much rough language and intermittent profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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