Before Midnight [2013] [R] - 7.2.8

 
 

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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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Set almost two decades after the first meeting in "Before Sunrise" and nine years after their relationship blossomed in "Before Sunset," a man (Ethan Hawke) and a woman (Julie Delpy) are seen on a vacation in Greece while working through their relationship. Also with Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and Ariane Labed. Directed by Richard Linklater. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman kiss passionately and the woman pulls down the top portion of her dress, we see the man licking and kissing her bare breasts and they kiss passionately with the woman straddling the man on a bed; they are interrupted by a phone call and we see the woman topless and with her bare breasts visible during the phone conversation; the man takes off his pants (we see him wearing boxer-style underwear and a shirt) and we continue to see the woman's bare breasts through an extended conversation with the man.
 A woman makes a crude sexual remark to a man about oral sex as they are standing in a chapel and she licks her hand seductively; the man grabs and hugs the woman, kissing her neck and shoulders. A man makes a crude sexual remark to his girlfriend as he stands behind her and grabs her breast, kissing her on the cheek. A man kisses his girlfriend on the cheek. A man kisses a woman in front of people. A husband and his wife cuddle sitting around a crowded table; the man holds her hand and kisses her cheek. A man and a woman hold hands.
 A man stares at a young woman in a bikini. We see a young man wearing swimming trunks and his bare back and chest are visible.
 A woman asks a young woman something in non-translated French; we see the young woman make a crude sexual gesture pantomiming oral sex on a man while the woman pantomimes performing oral sex on a woman.
 We hear a series of sexual conversations at a dinner table: A man tells a table of men and women that he envisions a future where people "plug in" to get sexual pleasure from a computer; a woman remarks that she read a lab report where a rat, after being trained to press a button to climax, had died after it had pressed the button until it died, neglecting all other functions (the woman laughs and pantomimes male masturbation); a man tells a group of people that he likes to talk about his genitals and another man agrees; a man asks a young woman and a young man if they have sex while on Skype and the two imply that they do; a woman tells a group of people that her mother, a coma nurse, had experienced men awakening from comas and immediately checking their genitals; a woman tells a group that the first occasion that she and a man had had unprotected sex, she became pregnant with twins; a woman tells a group of people that she frequently allowed a man to win arguments so they would continue to have sex. A woman tells a man crudely that he is only interested in having sex in one way and that she is no longer interested in him sexually; she then shouts a series of body parts that the man focuses on during sex. A woman shouts at a man, asking if he had sex with another woman and the man does not answer (it is implied yes); the man then makes a crude remark about the woman performing oral sex on her former boyfriend. A woman shouts at a man, saying that they had sex while the man was still married to someone else. A woman tells her long-time boyfriend that she typically sexually climaxes in dreams. A woman shouts angrily at a man, making a dramatic reference to her having been in a position to be anally raped while being mugged. A man makes a crude remark, saying that he knew a woman had performed oral sex on an older man and the woman does not deny it. A man asks another man if the book he had written, including a scene of him and a woman having "sex for days" was accurate; the author implies it was based on fact, and the man and an older man tease him. A woman tells a man that an "upside" of being over 35 is that the risk of being raped is not as high. A man jokes with a woman, making a reference to a song about having a condom and being sexually aroused. A man teases a woman, saying that he was reading a letter from her future, which referenced a night as being the night of the best sex of her life. A woman jokes that a man is trying to "get in [her] pants." A man teases a woman, saying that she must have allowed people to be wrong in order to have sex with them. A woman teases her boyfriend, saying that he could go to Texas and "have sex with his cousins." A man tells a woman that she was not his first sexual experience. A woman tells her boyfriend that his son (a pre-teen boy) had told her that he had kissed a pre-teen girl and asked her for advice about how to kiss; the woman explains that the boy was nervous if he should "use tongue." A woman teases a man (her boyfriend), saying that he "ogles" all women, the man laughs and tells her that he "makes love to them with his eyes" in a joking voice. A woman jokingly tells a man that she does not want to be Joan of Arc, because Joan of Arc had "died a virgin," burned at stake. An older man tells two men and a young man (his grandson) that he has memories of himself as a 14 year old watching a woman dance topless in a bar. A woman crudely remarks that male politicians "rape" the environment.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman shouts at her long-time boyfriend. During a heated argument between a man and a woman, a woman storms out, returns and then storms out again. A woman shouts at a man, saying that she had "almost died" giving birth. A woman shouts at her longtime boyfriend, saying that she had often thought of killing herself after the birth of their children and makes a reference to Sylvia Plath killing herself.
 A woman tells a man that when she was a child, her father would kill her pet cat's kittens so that it would only have two kittens; the woman explains that her father described that he would put the kittens in a plastic bag filled with ether and that her father began to cry as he explained the circumstance to her. A man and a woman discuss how the man's grandmother had died a year after his grandfather and once dementia had set in. A man and a woman (they are in a relationship) have a macabre conversation about watching one another dying, and the woman refers to seeing the bodies of people killed in an ancient volcanic eruption. A woman tells a man that she had a friend who had died of leukemia. A woman teases her boyfriend, asking him if he has a brain tumor. A woman tells a man that she had almost been mugged while walking late at night with their children in a stroller. A woman makes a rude joke to a man, saying that their daughter will develop an eating disorder after he eats her snack while she sleeps. A man asks a woman if her prospective boss is a man who "used to throw pens at his assistants." An older woman teases a woman, asking if she thought her children would be eaten by a Minotaur. A woman remarks that a pre-teen boy's mother is "psychologically abusive" but does not explain how or why.
 A boy stumbles while playing soccer and he gets up unharmed. A woman grabs a knife from her husband's hand and the two play-fight and another woman watches and teases the man and the woman for fighting with knives (no one is injured). A man playfully kicks his son on the backside and the pre-teen boy laughs. A woman jokingly pinches and tickles a man. A young woman jokingly shoves a young man. A woman jokingly acts as though she is about to slap a man; she then drops her hand.
 We see a man's back as he stands over a toilet and we hear the sound of urination while a woman watches the man from the doorway (no nudity is visible). A woman shouts at a man, saying that she had to wipe up the man's and his pre-teen son's urine from toilet seats.

PROFANITY 8 - About 38 F-words and its derivatives, 19 sexual references, 26 scatological terms (4 mild), 26 anatomical terms (2 mild), 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (a drunk, mothering instinct of Medea, stink, corny, vulgar, 12 year old girl, terrible, throws like a girl, poor sap, closet macho, maniac, arrogant little p*****, a little deluded, geographically challenged football loving American, fat a** middle-aged mom losing her hair, baldy, horny billy goat, so old, kinda ornery, dumb and romantic, screwed up, hormone crazy, irrational one, alcoholic, diseased ex-wife, miserable, Mayor of Crazy Town, pathetic, Mr. Booktour, Mr. Radisson Hilton, nuts, crazy and brilliant, psychologically abusive), 14 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman playfully teases her husband and says that he is going to cause their nine-year-old daughters to be drug addicts because he did not want them to sleep. Men and women toast with and drink wine at dinner, and a man pours himself and a woman wine (they do not drink). A woman and a man share a cigarette, and we see a man smoking a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fidelity in a marriage and in a relationship, post-partum depression, revenge, regret, moving on with life, love, destiny.

MESSAGE - Every relationship has its ups and downs.

Special Keywords: S7 - V2 - P8 - MPAAR

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