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Jarhead

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Source: Catholic News Service

Intermittently arresting war movie based on Anthony Swofford's memoirs of his experiences in the first Gulf War, which follows a unit of Marines from boot camp to deployment in Iraq -- seen through the eyes of a team of snipers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard) -- where they battle scorching heat, boredom and each other as airpower wins the war. Director Sam Mendes' absurdist, obscenity-laced meditation on modern warfare is by turns surreal and sardonic, but despite solid performances and some striking visuals, the film's familiar depiction of grunt life feels warmed-over, presenting a morally ambiguous view of war and its desensitizing psychological effects on combatants. Combat related violence, including disturbing images of charred bodies, a few graphic sexual encounters with partial nudity, scenes of masturbation and urination, shadowy shower nudity, excessive sexually explicit language and humor and 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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