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Anomalisa [2015] [R] - 8.1.8

 
 

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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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Stop-motion feature about a married middle-aged executive who has trouble connecting with people -- he perceives everyone as basically the same person. During a business trip he meets a younger woman who seems to be an anomaly, a person he thinks he can connect with and he's ready to leave his family for her. Voiced by David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan. Directed by Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - In an explicit scene a man and a woman kiss, they lie back on a bed, he caresses her clothed abdomen, kisses her neck, opens her blouse (we see her bare chest, cleavage and bra), puts his hand between her legs, removes her panties and performs oral sex on her (we see his head moving rhythmically between her legs an hear licking and slurping sounds as she moans); then they both undress (we see them nude from the side and her bare breast and abdomen are evident) and he thrusts while they both moan and climax (we then see the woman fully nude with bare breasts and pubic region and the man with bare chest and abdomen).
 A man showers and we see his silhouette through frosted glass before he steps out of the shower fully nude (bare chest, abdomen, genitals and legs are seen). A man falls over while trying to dress and we see his bare buttocks.
 A man looks out a hotel window and sees another man in an office building as he's apparently masturbating under his desk (we see the man's arm moving rhythmically). A man kisses a woman. A man asks a woman to join him in his room and she does. A man and a woman hug in greeting. A woman holds a man's arm and rests her head on his shoulder.
 We see an adult sex shop with mannequins dressed in provocative outfits in the window; inside the shop are displays of sexual aids and a man knocks one device onto the floor, then picks it up and places it back on the counter. A man gives a sex doll to his young son as a gift and we see the dolls face with an open mouth painted with bright red paint along with one exposed bare breast; we hear the boy ask what is coming out of the doll's mouth and his mother tells him that it looks like semen.
 In a dream a man tells another man that he loves him and says that if he is gong to have a love affair he should have it with him; then several women in an office tell that the man should be with them not another woman and the man runs away. A woman in a TV show spins around joyfully and says, "Godfrey loves me." We hear voices speaking over one another and can make out the question, "Are you sexually active?" A man apologizes to another man for grabbing his hand on an airplane. A woman tells a man on the phone that she is pre-menstrual. A man imagines a woman talking to him about their breakup. A woman suggests that she and another woman and a man play strip poker (they do not). A woman talks about her previous relationship.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man reads a letter from a woman and we understand that they had been in a relationship that ended badly and she was very angry. A man and a woman in the hallway of a hotel argue about getting married. A man and a woman argue in a hotel bar, she throws money on the table and storms out. A woman tells a man that she has gained weight and has a fake front tooth. A woman tells a man that he hurt her after he left her. A woman says that she is ugly several times. A woman says of herself, "I'm a pig."
 Part of a man's face breaks off and we see exposed machinery underneath. A cab driver honks the horn and yells at another driver. A man runs through a hotel hallway knocking on doors while trying to find a woman. A woman trips and falls on the floor (she is unharmed). A man crashes into another man carrying a tray of food and the second man spills the tray. A man becomes angry about how a woman is eating and speaking.
 A man urinates in a toilet and we see and hear the stream. A woman has a scar on her face and covers it with her long hair.

PROFANITY 8 - About 36 F-words, 4 sexual references, 10 scatological terms (5 mild), 5 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (psycho, stupid, screwed up, dumb, idiot, pervert, pervert, chubby chaser, weird, crazy, philandering, insane), exclamations (oh my goodness, shut up, oh gosh), 3 religious profanities (GD), 32 religious exclamations (Jesus, Oh My God, God, For God's Sake). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man takes a prescription pill and makes reference to Zoloft later. A man takes a bottle of liquor out of a mini-bar in a hotel room and drinks a glass, a man and a woman toast and drink cocktails in a hotel bar (the man drinks his quickly), people in a hotel bar drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes, a man pours glasses of wine for himself and a woman and they drink, and three people order drinks in a bar (they act inebriated later). A man asks a cab driver if he can smoke in the car and the driver says that he has asthma, and a man smokes in a hotel room.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fregoli syndrome, teen pregnancy, relationships, STDs, courage, infidelity.

MESSAGE - You can be utterly lonely while surrounded by people.

Special Keywords: S8 - V1 - P8 - MPAAR

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