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A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.

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Eldest son Ward Jansen is a star reporter for a Miami newspaper and has returned home with close friend Yardley to investigate a racial murder case. Younger brother Jack Jansen has returned home after a failed stint at university as a star swimmer. To help give his life some direction, Ward gives Jack a job on their investigation as their driver. But into the mix comes the fiancée of the imprisoned convict who stirs up confusing feelings of love and lust for the young Jack. Meanwhile, Ward and Yardley's investigation stirs up deep-rooted issues of race and acceptance which could cause serious consequences for everyone involved. Written by napierslogs

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Rated R for strong sexual content, violence and language | See all certifications »

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17 October 2012 (Belgium)  »

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Amores peligrosos  »

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Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

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$102,706 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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$692,640 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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Tobey Maguire was cast as Ward but dropped out because of scheduling conflicts. See more »

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Jack tosses his beer as he's walking towards Charlotte. Then he takes the boxes but still has the beer in his left hand. When he turns around again, the beer is gone. See more »

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Interviewer: [off-screen] Just tell me when you're rolling.
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A quick dip in the Louisiana swamps
26 January 2013 | by (Champaign, IL) – See all my reviews

First off, I'd heard of Zac Efron, somewhere, I thought he was some teeny bopper's fantasy. But this kid is no lightweight. He's quite good here in an ultra adult film, as is everyone else, all playing against type: Kidman as a slut, McConaughey as a sexually troubled man, John Cusack as a backwoods maniac, and Macy Gray as a lovable servant.

My wife hated the movie but couldn't take her eyes off of it. And by its end, we were both thinking that was quite a ride. What more do we want from our movies? Everyone here, maybe a little less so with Efron who's the novice, abandons themselves to their parts. I didn't even catch Gray in a misstep though she's a novice too. They all channel their people quite successfully in a well-directed though not for the kids, movie that manages to shine a light on a south that actually was and for all I know still is in places.


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