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Deception

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Source: Catholic News Service

Dull, sometimes obvious thriller about a lonely accountant (Ewan McGregor) who's befriended by a charismatic corporate lawyer (Hugh Jackman), who introduces him to a sex club offering "intimacy without intricacy" where he falls for one of the other members (Michelle Williams) and soon becomes a blackmail victim. Director Marcel Langenegger's feature debut -- nocturnal and claustrophobic -- glamorizes its main character's anonymous encounters before endorsing his more substantial relationship. Graphic nonmarital sexual activity, rear and upper-female nudity, scanty costuming, much rough and crude and some crass and profane language, sexual discussion, and drug use. 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. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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