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Around the Bend [2004] [R] - 4.5.6



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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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When a man (Michael Caine) dies he leaves his surviving family members -- his son (Christopher Walken), his grandson (Josh Lucas) and his great grandson (Jonah Bobo) -- a map and instructions for how he wants his ashes to be distributed. Thus, they embark on a journey that takes them through painful memories of their lives and brings them closer together and more in touch with themselves. Also with Glenne Headly. Directed by: Jordan Roberts. [1:25]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man talks fondly, a couple of times, of having made love to a woman on a rock. A woman invites a man to join her in her bed (they are clothed and watch a movie together, although it is suggested later that they had sex). Two men and a boy talk about sex fantasies: the boy describes a girl kissing him, and one man talks about a woman nude in the back seat of her mother's car. An elderly man says that he was aroused by his nurse. An elderly man ogles a woman sleeping.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A horror movie on TV shows a person being sliced in half (we see the two body pieces separate, we see blood and other matter and hear a woman screaming). A man slumped over a table lies motionless and we understand that he has died (a young boy is nearby and witnessed the man's death). A dog lying on a bench takes a labored breath and dies. A man riding in a truck dies (he sort of drifts off). We hear that a boy was thrown down a flight of stairs and injured his leg. A man yells at his dog abusively, yanks on his leash and ties him into the back of a truck. A man reads a story about a person being disemboweled. Two men yell at each other. People sprinkle the ashes of a man and his dog in several places (one time over the grave of a woman). A man talks about his mother dying in a car accident. A man talks about his wife having died. We see a human skull in a room with artifacts scattered around. We see a mounted boar's head with large teeth hanging on a wall. A man talks about his father leaving him when he was young. The false teeth of a man hang from his car's rear view mirror. We hear a man vomiting. Two men and a boy urinate on the side of a road.

PROFANITY 6 - 12 F-words, 7 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 6 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, relationships, forgiveness, truth, honesty, legacies, fathers abandoning their families, death of a father, death of a spouse, kidney disease, divorce, drug addiction, physical abuse, grief, sorrow.

MESSAGE - Family is important no matter at what stage of life you may be.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol and we hear that a man was a drug addict.)

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