The Interpreter

Theatrical Release: April 22, 2005
The Interpreter


In this dramatic thriller with a story that spans two continents, Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) was born and raised in the South African country of Matobo. This tribal land has been riddled with political turmoil and humanitarian offenses for years. With a desire to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict through dialog, Silvia studied linguistics. Now as an interpreter for the United Nations, she is one of a handful of linguists that understands the ancient tribal languages and customs of Africa. Returning to her UN office in New York late one night, she overhears voices discussing plans for a terrorist attack against the visiting head of state (Earl Cameron) for Matobo. Federal Agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) and his partner Agent Dot Woods (Catherine Keener) investigate Broome’s report and also evaluate Broome’s possible motives for lying about the whole event. Many points of view add to the intrigue of this suspenseful film.

Dove Review

I was really hoping that this film would be family-friendly because it was suspenseful, well written, and Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn gave wonderful performances. But near the beginning there is a strip club scene that shows topless women and then towards the end of the film there are three profanities. The film is centered on the abuse of power in the African nation of Matobo. The once savior of the people has turned into a tyrant, killing thousands of his own people, including Silvia Broome’s sister and parents. Currently, Silvia is an interpreter for the UN and she overhears a conversation about an assassination attempt against the dictator of Matobo. The plot twists and turns from there to a climactic resolution. The problem is this film didn’t need the profanities or the strip club scene. They were totally unnecessary. It’s almost like the writer put them in the movie just to get a PG-13 rating. It is really too bad since this film had many positive elements and could have been family-friendly. Very disappointing!

Content Description

Sex: Strip club bar scene, suggestive sexual intent
Language: 6 - h_ll; 3 - sh_t; 2 - J_sus; 1 - G; 1 - G_D
Violence: Men shot by kids, some blood shown, bus blows up killing many people, blood shown on survivors; dead man shown in bathtub; dead bodies shown in soccer stadium.
Drugs: bar scene with drinking; man drinks by himself
Nudity: women shown in g-strings and topless at strip club
Occult: none


Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Sydney Pollack
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Dave Lukens