The Situation

2006 R 1h 46m DVD

The Situation

2006 R 1h 46m DVD
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When American soldiers throw an Iraqi boy off a bridge, the resulting scandal polarizes the various forces in the war-ravaged nation. Meanwhile, American journalist Anna (Connie Nielsen) finds herself torn between CIA operative Dan (Damian Lewis) and Iraqi photographer Zaid (Mido Hamada), even as she puts herself in danger to cover the war. Journalist Wendell Steavenson scripted this absorbing drama based on her own experiences in Iraq.
Connie Nielsen, Damian Lewis, John Slattery, Omar Berdouni, Thomas McCarthy, Shaun Evans, Mido Hamada, Wendell Steavenson
Philip Haas
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

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."

Sexual Content

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."

Social Behavior

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 / Alcohol

Characters smoke cigarettes repeatedly (especially soldiers); drinking at bars and restaurants.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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