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Black Snake Moan [2007] [R] - 8.6.8



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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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A young woman (Christina Ricci) struggling to cope with loneliness after her boyfriend (Justin Timberlake) enlists in the army, numbs her feelings with alcohol, drugs and sex. One night she is beaten and left on the side of the road to be found in the morning by a man (Samuel L. Jackson) who was recently abandoned by his wife. He makes it his mission to heal her and an unusual relationship that saves them both develops. Also with John Cothran Jr and Michael Raymond-James. Directed by Craig Brewer. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A young man grabs a young woman from behind, pushes her to the ground and they have sex (in view of other people): we see him thrusting and see her bare breasts, hips and thighs.
 A young woman leans over a sink and a man thrusts into her from behind -- we see her in bra and panties, lying on the bed afterward, and the man is bare-chested.
 A young man and a young woman have sex: they kiss passionately, we see him thrusting, we hear them moaning and see her bare breasts, hips and thighs, as well as his bare chest.
 A young woman wraps herself tightly in a chain, and when a teenage boy enters the house, she takes off her top (we see her bare breasts), she kisses him and closes the door (it is implied that they have sex).
 A man holds a young woman, she kisses him while imagining another man having sex with her (we see him thrusting and see her bare thigh and hip), and the man pulls away.
 A young man pushes a young woman onto a car seat, and he begins to open his pants preparing to have sex with her (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young woman puts a man's hand on her clothed breast and tries to seduce him (he does not have sex with her). A young woman caresses a man's thigh with her bare foot (he does not react). A woman tries to seduce a man in a bar and kisses him (he declines the invitation).
 A young woman wears a short top and panties through much of the movie that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, part of her bare breasts and bare legs. A young woman wears short shorts and a short top that reveal bare thighs, bare abdomen and cleavage. Young women in their underwear and bare-chested young men play football. We see posters of women wearing skimpy bras and panties in a pool hall.
 A young man and a young woman kiss. Men and women dance suggestively and seductively in a bar while a man sings Blues and two women dance together also. A man bathes a young woman (we see her bare back and shoulders); there is no sexual implication.
 There are several scenes where a young woman thrashes and moans and appears to be in pain and it seems that the only way for the pain to go away is for her to have sex with someone.
 We hear that a young woman was sexually abused by her father or a man who was involved with her mother. A young woman confronts her mother and says, "you should have kept him off me" (referring to having been sexually abused). A young man tells of his girlfriend wanting to have sex with him. A man talks about his first sexual experience. A man talks about a young woman having "an itch." A husband talks about his wife having an affair with his brother. A man asks a young woman why she is promiscuous. A young man makes a comment about a young woman having sex with anything, "even a tree."
 A young man thinks a man is accusing him of being kicked out of the army because he is homosexual.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young man with a gun approaches a man from behind and strikes him on the head with the gun; he then threatens to shoot him and kicks him in the stomach.
 A young man pushes a young woman onto a car seat, he begins to open his pants preparing to have sex with her, she laughs, and he punches her in the face repeatedly until she is unconscious; he then pushes her out of the car.
 A young woman imagines a man tearing off her panties and covering her mouth in several scenes (it is implied that she was sexually abused by either her father or a man who was involved with her mother).
 A young woman with a chain around her waist tries to run away, when she reaches the end of the chain she is thrown into the air and lands hard on the ground; a man drags her by the chain back into the house, and she struggles and fights (we see her bloody knees and elbows later).
 A man breaks a bottle, pushes a man onto a table, and threatens him with the sharp glass (he ends up cutting his own hand and we see blood). A young woman strikes a woman in the face with a mop, and then strikes her again and other people try to stop her.
 A man finds a young woman and a teenage boy having sex in his house, and the man yells and kicks (literally) the boy out the door. A young man lunges at a man, grabs him around the collar and threatens to strike him (another young man breaks up the fight). A young man tackles another young man, they fight by punching and kicking each other, and one holds a gun on the other.
 A man finds a young woman unconscious on the side of the road, he rolls her over, she coughs in his face, she wheezes and he carries her into his house; she has a very bloody eye and nose.
 A young woman tries to run away from a man, but he catches her and takes her into his house. A young woman stands up and realizes that she has a large chain attached to her waist, she yells and demands to be released. A man holds a shotgun to the chest of another man while they argue.
 A young man punches a refrigerator in frustration while his friend tells him that his girlfriend has not been faithful.
 A husband and wife argue about her leaving him for his brother, and he grabs her by the arm and threatens her with a curse. A young woman spits in a man's face.
 A young woman confronts her mother and says, "you should have kept him off me" (refer to her having been sexually abused). A man sings about shooting someone. A mother tells her daughter that she should have had an abortion, and a husband talks about his wife having an abortion without him knowing. A man makes a comment about thinking it would be OK to hit his wife to get her back in line.
 A young man is frightened when he is surrounded by trucks on a highway, and he hyperventilates. A young woman screams and panics while searching for her boyfriend in a garden.
 A man drives his tractor through his wife's rose garden after she leaves him for another man.

PROFANITY 8 - 37 F-words and their derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 10 sexual references (including references to sexually transmitted diseases), 36 scatological terms, 18 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 7 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling, 17 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two young women drink alcohol from a bottle, they smoke marijuana and take pills at a party, a young man talks about the drugs he has available for purchase, and a remark is made about someone doing crack. People are shown drinking alcohol in a bar scene, a man drinks a beer and smokes in a bar scene while others also drink alcohol, and a young woman drinks a beer. A young woman smokes cigarettes through much of the movie and suffers from a violent cough, a young man smokes, and a man smokes cigarettes in many scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sexual abuse, infidelity, effects of stress, honor, dignity, loneliness, anxiety attacks, love, incest, respect, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, evil, forgiveness, coping with stress, sin, fear of loud noises, fear of being alone.

MESSAGE - We get one chance at life and we should try to live it the way we want.

Special Keywords: S8 - V6 - P8 - MPAAR

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