Gone Baby Gone

Theatrical Release: October 19, 2007
Gone Baby Gone


Each day in America, 2000 children are reported missing. The sinuously provocative, edge-of-your-seat thriller GONE BABY GONE–adapted from Dennis Lehane’s (“Mystic River”) best-selling novel and featuring the directorial debut of Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck–follows the explosive case of just one missing little girl. But inside this investigation lie secrets and a labyrinthine maze of class and corruption, evil and innocence…all leading up to one man’s extraordinary choice in a world where right and wrong have become blurred.

The story begins in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, where the gritty, working class-streets are lined with the wreckage of broken families and dreams. It is here that 4 year-old Amanda McCready has gone missing without a trace. The police have failed to turn up even the narrowest of leads, so Amanda’s desperate Aunt and Uncle plead with local private investigators Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Genarro (Michelle Monaghan) to take the case.

Dove Review

Apparently in Boston, it is impossible for anyone to complete a sentence without using the F word. After only a few minutes, I was unable to keep up with the count so I just stopped. There were several plot twists to this film that writer Affleck managed to tie up in the end but in this reviewer’s opinion, the end didn’t justify the means.

“Gone Baby Gone” did have some shining moments. It was well directed and equally well acted. Unfortunately, the script writers were at a loss for words in some scenes while others seemed to use bad language just for the sake of it. All in all, this is a movie that would not appeal to most of the people I know and certainly isn’t family friendly by any stretch of the imagination.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Mild kissing.
Language: After hearing every bad word I could imagine with special emphasis on the F word over 20 times in the first few minutes, I couldn't bear to count any more.
Violence: Several bloody shoot-outs with several resulting in multiple deaths; a young boy dead in a bathtub after an implied rape.
Drugs: Cocaine, marijuana, crack all used on-screen.
Nudity: Skimpy and revealing outfits a couple of times.
Other: General lawlessness.


Company: Miramax Pictures
Writer: Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard and Dennis Lehane
Director: Ben Affleck
Producer: Sean Bailey
Genre: Mystery
Runtime: 114 min.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe