Theatrical Release: March 20, 2009
DVD Release: March 20, 2009


Oscar® winner Julia Roberts and Clive Owen reunite for “Duplicity,” from writer/director Tony Gilroy (seven-time Oscar®-nominated “Michael Clayton”).

In the film, they star as spies-turned-corporate operatives in the midst of a clandestine love affair. When they find themselves embroiled in a high-stakes espionage game, they discover the toughest part of the job is deciding how much to trust the one you love.

Dove Review

One of the few things this film has going it for it is the chemistry between Julia Roberts as Claire Stenwick and Clive Owen as Ray Koval. They are witty and clever with each other and although it is not clear whether each is trying to nail the other one in intelligence matters or not, things definitely spark and ignite when they are together.

However, with a plot which drags in spots and becomes so complicated in others that it is hard to know the players without a program, the film cannot seriously be considered exciting and, unfortunately and ultimately, not even entertaining.

At any rate, the movie has explicit sexual comments and very strong language and cannot be awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. Give “Knowing” a try if you want to see a family-friendly film. It is currently showing at local theaters.

Content Description

Sex: Sex outside of marriage more than once; passionate kissing and man kisses woman on neck; a character has sex with a woman in order for her to unknowingly help him; some explicit sexual remarks.
Language: GD-6; J-3; Ch*ist-6; G/OMG-8; F (mouthed twice)-4; D (mouthed twice)-8; H-26; A-4; S-5; B-3; Frickin-1; S*cks-1; One "stupid" comment; Comment that "You drug me, sc*ew me" a couple of times; Spanish word used as slang for testicles; slang for male genitalia.
Violence: Two guys fight in slow motion; a man is knocked down; a guard pushes a man's head to counter.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man; woman's thigh briefly seen; a photo is seen of woman's blouse off from behind.
Other: Human evolution is referred to; various people are trying to con each other and it is not certain until the end of the film who can be trusted if anyone; certain people have moles watching various activities for them.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Director: Tony Gilroy
Producer: Laura Bickford
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 125 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter