Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass

Billy Ray (2003)

89min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Hubris is at the heart of this true story about a high-flying young magazine journalist whose stellar scoops turn out to be figments of his imagination. Hayden Christensen is excellent as a wheedling star reporter who masterfully manipulates his colleagues into helping him with his writing and defending him against his unpopular but rigorous editor, played with equal skill by Peter Sarsgaard. Debut director Billy Ray keeps the office-bound story rattling along like a good magazine article - appropriately enough since the director adapted it from a piece in Vanity Fair - and support is uniformly good, particularly from Steve Zahn and Hank Azaria. If there is a flaw, it's the screenplay's failure to provide any real explanation for Glass's motives, but with all the protagonists alive and no doubt armed with lawyers, perhaps that's not so surprising.

Summary

An ambitious journalist lands a coveted job at prestigious political magazine New Republic in the 1990s, where he sets about fabricating a series of articles as a way of improving his career prospects. However, with a change of editor, he comes under greater scrutiny and faces exposure as a liar. Fact-based drama, with Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard and Chloe Sevigny.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Glass Hayden Christensen
Charles Lane Peter Sarsgaard
Caitlin Avey Chloe Sevigny
Andy Fox Rosario Dawson
Amy Brand Melanie Lynskey
Michael Kelly Hank Azaria
Adam Penenberg Steve Zahn
Lewis Estridge Mark Blum
Director Billy Ray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Drama