Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this drama about the war in Iraq probably won't have much appeal for most teens. Just as well, since it features mature themes, including the many mistakes (both intentional and unintentional) made by U.S. forces in Iraq. Violence includes explosions and shootings, plus U.S. troops treating two Iraqi youths badly (they toss them off a bridge). A couple has sex in a hotel room (brief scene, with just a little flesh visible); characters smoke cigarettes and drink. Lots of language, mostly "f--k."
Brief sex scene in hotel room shows some skin and tossing about in bed; discussion of arranged marriage for reluctant Iraqi daughter; poolside scene shows women in bikinis; attraction between American journalist and Iraqi photographer; a sad kiss.
Combat violence, including shooting, explosions, bloody injuries, and a drowning that leads to grieving and cover-up; a major character is killed (body plainly visible); frequent discussion of battle tactics, including training of Iraqis, kidnapping, and "blowing s--t up" held by a militia group; Anna appears bruised and disheveled.
Frequent uses of "f--k" (20+), to approximate war zone slang, as well as other profanity, like "s--t," "a--hole," and "damn."
Various factions in Iraq are corrupt, including U.S. intelligence, U.S. military, local administration, and local militias; characters deceive one another and angle for power; even those who mean well make serious mistakes due to ignorance.
Discussion of McDonalds, Toyota, Pringles.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Characters smoke cigarettes repeatedly (especially soldiers); drinking at bars and restaurants.