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Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 26 November 2003 (USA)
The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

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Storyline

This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down... Written by Kaliya Warner

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He'd do anything to get a great story. See more »

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Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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26 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,540, 2 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,220,008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$724,744
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In the 1998 'Vanity Fair' article that inspired the film, Buzz Bissinger wrote that Stephen Glass "established himself as the Darth Vader of Detail" as a fact checker. Hayden Christensen made this film between the two Star Wars films in which he portrays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. See more »

Goofs

Stephen claims that Ian's agent Joe Hiert prefers not to make business cards professionally made, this makes no sense because all agents rely on commission from their client's contracts and may need to be contacted on short notice. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Lane: [During a conference call, over the speakerphone, responding to Kambiz Foroohar's and Adam Penenberg's suspicions after seeing Stephen's fake website] how so?
Kambiz Foroohar: quite frankly it doesn't look like a real website: it looks like a website created to fool someone
Chuck Lane: I don't know much about computers, could somebody do that?
Kambiz Foroohar: of course
Adam Penenberg: very easily
Kambiz Foroohar: so easily in fact it's incredible
Stephen Glass: [after looking through his notes] do you guys want that number for Jim Ghort? Because I just found it in my notes
Adam Penenberg: yeah sure
Stephen Glass: ...
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Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Chance for Love
Written by Michael Hennesy and Rebecca Vizcarra
Performed by Rebecca Vizcarra (as Becca)
Published by Enter Thru (BMI) L11 Windigo (BMI)
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A suspenseful, thrilling movie
19 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

As the film opens we meet Stephen Glass, a rising star at "The New Republic" magazine. He's sensitive, friendly and unfailingly polite. And, oh yeah, did I mention he was on everybody's hot list? He was being wooed by everyone from "George Magazine" to "Harper's" to the "New York Times." Unfortunately, behind the Glass juggernaut was a compulsive liar who took everyone for a downhill ride. You see, Glass fabricated over 20 stories, inventing sources, locations, times, dates, and companies.

Hayden Christensen was fabulous as the ingratiating/creepy Glass. As a CNN.com reviewer pointed out, this movie proves he can act.

Christensen's Glass is the ultimate likeable co-worker, who remembers everyone's birthday, knows how everyone takes their coffee and is so self-deprecatingly sweet that when things start unraveling you feel sorry for him. Despite his audacious lies and deceits, you like him and wonder why everyone is being so mean. Christensen walks the fine line between good and evil so well, you watch in amazement. You feel sorry for him, you're repulsed by him, you're embarrassed for him...

At times I turned to my friend and said "Man! Is this hard to watch." And it was.

Peter Sarsgaard, who plays Glass' editor, Chuck Lane, is wonderfully understated as the misunderstood editor. (For those at home who care, he's also really cute in that nerdy handsome way.)

The movie incisively exposes the world of journalism -- with it's big egos, pedantic copy editors, and ultra-competitive writers. I could see many of my co-workers (current and former) in the archetypes portrayed on screen (the braggart, the attention getter, the know-it-all, the guy who will split the most microscopic of hairs just for the heck of it).

It also brings home the incredible responsibility on the shoulders of journalists. It's easy to forget this responsibility in pursuit of personal glory or attention, but it's the reader who gets hurt. Everyone in the business of journalism should see this movie. But with its twists and turns and shocking (yet true!) events, it's a movie for anyone who enjoys a good thriller.


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