Richard Gere stars as a popular university professor who expects perfection from his family. When his 11-year-old daughter makes it to the finals in a spelling bee contest he becomes obsessed with an idea derived from Jewish mysticism -- that her relationship with letters and words will somehow help her be able to communicate with God. Also with Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross, Max Minghella and Kate Bosworth. Directed by Scott McGehee & David Siegel. [1:44]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and his wife kiss, she takes off his pants, he sits on a chair, she sits on top of him and they have sex, kissing and moaning (nothing else is seen). A woman remembers having sex with her husband, and we see their bare shoulders and they kiss.
► A man kisses his wife and dances with her, trying to seduce her (she is wearing a slip that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders).
► A woman wears a low-cut, tight-fitting top that reveals cleavage and the outline of her nipples. A young man is bare-chested with a towel around his waist after a shower. A young man takes off his shirt and sits in bed bare-chested.
VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A girl is levitated off the floor, and then falls to the floor and convulses. A woman looks in the window of a house and a dog jumps against the window barking aggressively and startling her.
PROFANITY 5 - 2 F-words, 1 scatological term, anatomical terms, mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a cigarette.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Words, letters, language, history of things and words, competition, secrets, pressure to succeed, perfection, expectations, Jewish mysticism, religion, religious conversion, Hari Krishnas, parental pride, mental illness, death of parents, mysticism, control issues, competing for attention.
MESSAGE - Winning and success are not always the answer. Obsessions can destroy the joys of every day life.