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Running Time:
90 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for language, sexual references and brief drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is the best film about American journalism since All the President's Men.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: 60 Minutes interview with the real Stephen Glass; Trailers.

Shattered Glass
This intriguing little film is about what can happen when a journalist crosses the line and the integrity of the news business goes out the window. That's what happened at The New Republic magazine in 1998 when a writer of theirs named Stephen Glass completely fabricated a story about a teen computer hacker. From the moment Hayden Christensen first appears as Glass, he seems to be a kid who just wants to be liked. And his charm works, especially with his New Republic editor Michael Kelly (Hank Azaria). But when Kelly is dismissed and replaced by Charles Lane (Peter Sarsgaard), Glass' bubble begins to burst. When his "Hack Heaven" story arouses suspicions, Lane asks Glass for a list of his contacts for the story. Glass obligingly complies, and, it turns out, he has covered his tracks for the completely fictionalized story with phony voice mail messages and Web site pages. Even when his bluff has been called, and it comes out that another 26 articles were, at least in part, similarly fabricated for the Washington-based magazine, as well as a number of other publications where he freelanced, including Rolling Stone and George. Besides the wonderful performance of Hayden Christensen (the young Darth Vader), Peter Sarsgaard gives a powerful performance as Lane, while Chloe Sevigny as a supportive co-worker and Steve Zahn and Rosario Dawson as the eventual whistle-blowers are excellent as well. Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Billy Ray (Hart's War and Volcano) has turned this 1998 Vanity Fair article into a fine motion picture. The story of Glass' dupicity is so outrageous it would have been difficult to believe until we learned about the resignation of disgraced New York Times writer Jayson Blair (who was also found to have falsified many of his stories); making this perfect timing for this fine little film.

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