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Intense and ultimately repelling tale of a depressed cocktail waitress (Ashley Judd) who takes in an apparently gentle drifter (Michael Shannon) to her motel room while living in fear of her ex-con former husband (Harry Connick Jr.) and is soon persuaded by the stranger's increasingly hysterical conviction that their room is teeming with bugs as part of a widespread government conspiracy against them. Director William Friedkin's stage-bound adaptation of Tracy Letts' off-Broadway play is initially promising as a psychological study of vulnerable lost souls but eventually disintegrates into an ugly and unconvincing horror flick. Excessive gore and violence, constant rough language and profanity, a casual sex scene, full male and female nudity, recreational drug and alcohol abuse, same-sex kissing and suicidal behavior. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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