The Ides of March

Theatrical Release: October 7, 2011
The Ides of March


The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. Also starring George Clooney, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Dove Review

This star-driven movie features an interesting story line about Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) who is a strong candidate for the next President of the U.S. In his corner are Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling), his press secretary, as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays his campaign manager. Added to this mix is Paul Giamatti as Morris’ challenger’s campaign manager. With all these stars involved, you know you are going to get some interesting characters along with nuanced performances which propel the movie forward.

Gosling plays an idealistic young man who fights doggedly for his beliefs and his candidate. However, it isn’t long before the politics get dirty and Myers finds himself questioning the loyalties he has held. His chance to get even opens up in a painful way but he’s ready to move forward to let those who let him down know he has learned his political lessons well.

The content of this film is, sad to say, very strong. There are over 65 uses of the F word. It is rattled off as if the more the characters say it, the more money they will get paid for each utterance. What really frustrated me was the use of the F bomb in between the names “Jesus” and “Christ”. There are some of us who reverence that name and rebel at it being used in such a way. There is also an issue of sex and abortion in the film, placing this one outside of the family-friendly arena. We cannot award our Dove Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Sex: Strong sexual remarks and sex outside of marriage; a scene in which a couple is obviously having sex although not graphic; a couple breathes heavy during sex.
Language: GD-4; J/JC-3; F-69 (5 used sexually); S-25; A-4; H-2; D-1; Crap-1; Slang for male genitalia-4; Slang for breasts-1; C*c*suckers-1
Violence: Disagreements between characters; a candidate against the death penalty says he would kill a man who killed his wife but would be wrong and should be punished by being placed in prison.
Drugs: Several scenes of beer drinking; guys talk about grabbing a beer; one character smokes cigarettes several times; a man jokes and asks another man if he is "stoned"; a man jokes about getting Quaaludes; a woman's dead body is seen and it's stated she died from a mixture of alcohol and overdose of prescription drugs.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: It is stated that homosexuality should be viewed as a civil rights issue, not a religious one; a woman goes to an abortion clinic and has an abortion, which is paid for by the funds of a presidential candidate; lies are told to further politics and there are cover-ups.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: George Clooney & Grant Heslov
Director: George Clooney
Producer: George Clooney
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 101 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter