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About Time [2013] [R] - 6.4.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A man (Domhnall Gleeson) finds that he can time travel after his dad (Bill Nighy) tells him that the men in the family have always been time travelers. He decides to improve his life by going back in time and making changes, and while in the present he's found his true love (Rachel McAdams), a time travel accident means that he has never actually met her. Also with Tom Hollander and Margot Robbie. Directed by Richard Curtis. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and his girlfriend kiss on a sidewalk at night and walk upstairs to her apartment where she tells him that she will go into the bedroom, put on new pajamas and he can come in and take them off her; he then uses time travel to re-live a the scene three times in order to impress her as much as possible: The first time, he stumbles, then fumbles with her bra after he removes her pajama top and they lie on the bed, kissing as the camera cuts to them under a sheet (we see bare shoulders) and sex is implied; he gets up (his bare chest is seen), leaves the room and uses time travel to begin again with removing her pajama top and he does not fumble as they begin to lie down and the camera cuts to them wound up in a sheet that covers them from the waist to the upper thigh (sex is implied and her arm covers her breasts and we see his bare chest); he excuses himself again re-enters the room to begin at the pajama-top removal and this time, he walks in shirtless and her top is not yet on (we see her bare torso with her bra on and a little cleavage showing) as he kisses her and pushes her onto the bed and the camera cuts to the two people lying on the floor with arms, legs and his chest exposed; she asks if they are going to have sex only once that night and he says "Yes."
 At a gallery showing, a large poster is a photograph of a nude woman's torso, showing full bare breasts and nipples, abdomen and navel; at the showing, a woman says to friends that to her Kate Moss will always be the same free, naked girl on a beach she was in her first photo shoots. A man move's into his dad's friend's house where his room has a poster of a woman wearing a clingy spandex cut-off top and clingy spandex panties; the homeowner says not to make noises in the room that sound like sex and the first man says, "No chance of that"; the other man says several men have rented the room and had sex with the poster (masturbation implied) and the other man grimaces. Two women sunbathe face down in a yard, wearing bikinis while a man rubs suntan lotion on the back of one of the women in two scenes. A man plays with the hem of a woman's tight, clingy miniskirt at a party; her top shows some cleavage and another woman approaches and punches the man (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman leaving a restaurant wears stiletto heels with a short, tight knit skirt that reveals more than half of her bare thighs and a man says that she is like a nice prostitute. A large newspaper ad features a partially nude woman from the waist up, covering her breasts with her arm and a camera she is using (we see the waistband of her panties and part of one bare hip). At a wedding, the bride wears a long velvet scoop-necked gown that bares a little cleavage and other women wear dresses and suits that bare some cleavage; when a wind storm begins and blows skirts up, we see several bare thighs and some bare buttocks. Several women on a beach wear short-shorts that reveal full bare legs, along with stretch tops that reveal bare shoulders, arms and abdomens; several men wear short-sleeved shirts with knee-length shorts. In several scenes, a teen girl wears long sweaters without trousers, baring full legs. A woman appears in several scenes wearing short skirts. In a bedroom scene a woman wears a slip that bares full legs. In a bedroom scene, a woman wears a short, tight dress. A man stands on a balcony shirtless.
 A teen girl runs downstairs at home and grabs her future sister-in-law, kisses her on the mouth and cheek and rolls on the floor with her (nothing sexual is implied). In two party scenes, several couples kiss briefly. A man and a woman kiss briefly on a balcony. A man and a woman kiss a few times briefly in a subway corridor in front of musicians. A woman kisses an older man on the cheek. In an outdoor scene at home, a man kisses a woman. On a sidewalk, a woman hugs and kisses a man on the cheek.
 A woman at a New Year's party dances with a man and pulls her full shirt up to her armpits, revealing a frumpy white knee-length slip and the man backs away and talks to another woman; at midnight, the woman moves to kiss him, but he shakes hands with her instead as she looks sadly at other couples kissing; he goes back in time to start over with the failed kiss and the second time takes the initiative to kiss the woman and she smiles and thanks him. A man kisses his father on the cheek.
 A man and a woman announce to both their families that they plan to marry and that they are expecting a baby; discussing their wedding at home, the woman tells her fiancé that she will remove an item of clothing for each decision he makes and she strips to her panties (we see her from behind and her bare back, shoulders, a small tattoo on the hip and bare thighs are shown while from the front, we see her bra and a little cleavage and no breasts); her fiancé chases her into the bedroom, calling, "Take off those pants!"
 A woman introduces a female friend to a man and the female friend says that she is gay; the man asks if the first woman is gay, she denies it and they have dinner together; the woman offers to have sex with the man and he declines, runs home to his girlfriend, proposes and she accepts. A woman rejects a man's affections twice, once after he uses time travel to try again and he tells himself that you cannot use time travel to make someone love you.
 An unmarried man and a woman move in together and one day her parents ring their buzzer; the woman tells her fiancé to put on his pants (he is standing in the kitchen wearing boxers, revealing partial legs) and he fumbles with his zipper and she kneels down to help him zip it, just in time before her parents enter; we see the back of her head in front of his groin area, resembling oral sex, as she tells him not to mention oral sex to her parents; as soon as the parents walk in, the fiancé tells the parents that they are living together, but not having oral sex and the parents stare at him.
 A man tells a male friend that a woman they just met is so beautiful that having sex with her would kill a man and seeing her bare breasts would make a man's eyes explode. A woman says that being a lawyer is sexy. A man says that being a reader for a publisher is sexy. A woman says that having a baby hurts and makes her fat.
 Two women in a family have babies; we see one baby and a smiling mom and dad in a hospital room with a newborn and later, at home with three young children; we see the other mom sitting and smiling with a baby at an outdoor café table with family members. A woman lies clothed on a bed and her belly is very swollen; she tells her husband, clothed and next to her, that the baby might come that night.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman does not show up at a family party; her boyfriend arrives to say that after having a fight with him, she drank too much and began driving (please see the Substance Use category for more details); we see her vehicle broadside another car at an intersection and spin around as her windows shatter loudly; the camera cuts to her hospital room, where she is in bed, with many dark cuts all over her face and her brother attempts to time travel to prevent the accident, but causes other unwanted events, so he goes back to allow the accident to occur and we see her car spin again and hear the glass break again; we see the woman in the same hospital room, injured and with family members sitting by her side and refusing to leave until she tells them how she will change her life.
 We hear that a woman's boyfriend takes all her possessions and money and sometimes is physically rough with her; her brother takes her back in time, where she confronts the abuser at a party where they met and she beats him up, while some people applaud (we don't see the injuries and he is off screen, receiving punches and kicks).
 A temperamental playwright screams loudly twice, once when he forgets an idea and another time when he cuts his finger; he wraps it with a cloth but we see no blood. A writer tells a man renting a room that he will kill him if he makes a sound while he is writing.
 An outdoor wedding party is disrupted by high winds and heavy rains; the party tents crash down, sending torrents of water over the guests (no one is injured) and tables overturn throwing food to the ground.
 A woman says that she needs to stop drinking and to start dating someone nice and boring (rather than abusive). A man time travels to say goodbye to someone he loves.
 A strange London restaurant includes a downstairs dining room plunged in complete darkness; two couples meet at a table there and attempt to eat when one woman calls out that a man put a spoon of food into her eye; he apologizes and she is not hurt.
 A man learns from his father that he can time travel and his father tells him that he can only travel backwards and only within his own lifetime saying, "I can't go back and kill Hitler." We hear that a man has only a few weeks left to live, because he has end stage cancer that is too late to treat and his wife says that she is not interested in a life without her husband; we see a short funeral procession with a coffin in the back of a vehicle driving along a winding road.

PROFANITY 5 - About 5 F-words and derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (insane, moron, crazy, lunatic, dodgy, weird, clown, sarcastic clown, Titanic, prostitute, twerp, loser), stereotypical references to men, women, single people, lawyers, Americans, the Chinese, the rich, homosexuals, 3 religious profanities (GD), 33 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh my God, Oh God, Thank God, God, For God's Sake, Christ, For Christ's sake, Oh Christ, Good Lord, God knows, speak of the devil). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man sits at an outdoor lunch table with a glass of beer and a glass of wine, glasses of wine are shown on a dinner table (no one drinks), a home kitchen counter contains two bottles of wine and some bottles of beer, we see dozens of glasses of wine sitting on a counter and men and women drinking beer from bottles and cocktails at two parties, two women with drinks in their hands trip over the feet of a man sitting on a couch and fall into his lap (no injuries), the lobby of a restaurant features several bottles of liquor and wine on a tall shelving unit, a wall of a restaurant is filled with beer taps of different brands, glasses of wine are shown in front of a couple at a restaurant (they do not drink), a man stands in a living room holding a magnum of champagne (he does not open it), two men carry bottles of wine into a party and do not open them, a wedding party tent includes several tables full of champagne-filled glasses and bottles of champagne (men and women drink as they eat), and we hear that a woman drank too much and see her become involved in a car accident that cuts her face in several places (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fantasy, controlling destiny, responsibility, facing problems, making choices, family, friends, happiness, letting go.

MESSAGE - Live each day as if it is the one you specifically chose to live.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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