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All About My Mother



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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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MPAA Rating: R

A single mother comes to terms with her past and meets a new circle of friends when she travels to Barcelona to find her recently killed son's father and tell him about the son he never knew. With Cecilia Roth, Eloy Azorin, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz, Candela Pena, Antonia San Juan, Rosa Maria Sarda and Toni Canto. In Spanish with English subtitles [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including several explicit references to fellatio). In one scene, we see cars circling around lots of prostitutes; we see a woman's head in man's lap (implying fellatio) and a couple of women's bare breasts as they walk by a car. A man asks a woman to perform fellatio. A woman repeatedly grabs another's clothed breast and her hand is repeatedly batted away. We see a woman in her bra and panties as she's changing clothes. We see several women wearing cleavage-revealing clothing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A boy is nearly hit by a car; in another scene, a boy is hit by a car and killed (we see the shape of his body through the car's cracked windshield). A man pins a woman to the ground and hits her, then she threatens him with a knife until another woman hits him in the head with a rock and knocks him out; the woman has a bloody nose, and in a later scene her face is slightly bruised and swollen. In a stage play, a woman shoves another to the ground. We see two corpses lying on hospital gurneys. A woman vomits.

PROFANITY 6 - In subtitles we see about 9 F-words, an anatomical reference and lots of anatomical slang terms, a couple of scatological references, a couple of mild obscenities and lots of insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a loved one, transvestites, pregnancy, AIDS, organ transplants, drug addiction, prostitution, lesbianism, the theater, intolerance.

MESSAGE - Forgiveness is liberating.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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