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Good German, The

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Compelling, well-acted, if somewhat contrived, story of a U.S. war correspondent (George Clooney) who comes to Berlin to cover the Potsdam peace conference after World War II, and finds the German woman with whom he once had an affair (Cate Blanchett), who is now desperate to leave the country, as he attempts to solve the mystery of the murder of the opportunistic young corporal (Tobey Maguire) assigned to be his driver, eventually leading him to the woman's scientist husband whose expertise is sought by both the American and Russian occupiers. Director Steven Soderbergh has filmed this adaptation of Joseph Kanon's novel with the black-and-white trappings of postwar-era films, a distracting stunt that is nonetheless more successful than not, though the adult themes, sexual content and language are very much in the contemporary vein. Rough language and profanity, crude expressions, racial epithets, prostitution, a shadowy sexual encounter without nudity, adultery, rape discussion, violence, murder and a mild striptease. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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