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Breathe [2017] [PG-13] - 2.3.3



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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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Based on the lives of Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy), prominent advocates for the disabled; it is their story of love and courage after Robin was stricken with polio. Also with Ed Speleers, Tom Hollander, David Wilmot, Tom Turner and Amit Shah. Directed by Andy Serkis. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:57]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A wife removes her dress (we see her wearing a full slip that reveals cleavage) and climbs in bed with her husband and reaches under the sheet as he talks about feeling guilty because she has to do all the work (sex is implied).
 A nurse gives a paralyzed man a sponge bath and we see his bare lower back and partial buttocks. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Women at a formal affair wear low-cut evening gowns that reveal cleavage. A teen boy is shown shirtless.
 A husband and his wife hug and kiss in several scenes. A man and a woman drive their car onto a remote hillside and we hear her giggling as the scene ends. A man and a woman dance at a formal affair. A woman kisses a man on the forehead.
 A man admires a woman and another man tells him, "She's a famous heartbreaker." A man says of a woman, "She's gorgeous." A woman's brothers tell her, "You can't possibly marry him. He's practically a stranger." A wife tells her husband that she is pregnant. While twirling Hula Hoops on their hips a man makes a remark about "undulating." A husband and his wife joke about "All the affairs I could have had."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A dog accidentally pulls the plug on a breathing machine and a man struggles to make noise and raise an alarm for someone to help him; he falls unconscious and regains consciousness after the machine is plugged back in. A man plugs in a breathing machine and the circuit blows causing a lot of smoke and the machine stops; several people take turns pumping a manual breathing bag to help a man breathe until the machine is repaired. A man bleeds profusely from his tracheotomy hole and we see his shirt, pillow and chest covered with blood in two scenes.
 A man sweats and moans and complains about not feeling well; he collapses and we see him on an exam table as he says that he cannot breathe and medical staff cover him with ice to reduce a fever; he is wheeled into a surgery where we see a scalpel cut his throat (we see blood trickle from the opening) to insert a tracheotomy tube.
 Men and a woman go to a facility where polio patients are cared for and we see them in compartments that resemble morgue drawers. A man falls to his knees after a tennis match, and then falls again after twirling a Hula Hoop. A man on a stretcher with a breathing apparatus is transported on a plane and taken to a hospital in England where we see many other men on breathing machines and in hospital beds. Medical staff sneaks a man on a stretcher out of a hospital and a man reprimands a doctor in the group. A man imagines regaining the use of his hand and arm and removing his breathing tube. A woman becomes upset because her husband won't even look at their young child.
 A wife yells at her husband and walks down a hill where we hear her scream. A man yells at and berates another man. Men and a woman talk about how to allow another man to die and how to assist in the process. A man talks about 60 men in a prison that chose to die. A man talks about a woman going off to live in Kenya. A man says, "You need faith to survive out here." A man talks about the Mau Mau Rebellion. We see a diagram of the human body and the central nervous system as a doctor talks to a woman about her husband's condition and that he will likely die in a matter of months. A man in a hospital bed mouths the words, "Let me die." People talk about polio patients not lasting long and that it is no kind of life. A woman tells a doctor, "We wish we were dead." A husband tells his wife, "I'm no use to you." A husband tells his wife, "You must leave me here to rot now." A doctor tells a woman, "In under 2 minutes your husband will be dead," if his breathing apparatus malfunctions. A patient tells another patient, "5 Pounds says you'll never make it," when the man is taken out of the polio ward. A man talks about a woman having "Walked out a month ago." A doctor says that eventually a man will drown in his own blood. A man says that it is time to die and that he is going to allow himself to die.
 A man hits a cricket ball and it crashes onto a buffet table smashing china plates. A chair breaks under a man as he sits on it (he is not harmed).
 A man spits in a priest's face (we see goo). We see a tracheotomy wound in a man's throat in a few scenes. A wife holds a urinal bottle under a sheet for her husband to urinate in (we hear a trickle and see urine in the bottle).

PROFANITY 3 - 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (bastard, creature, stupid, morbid, pampered nitwit, ugly, idle, pompous idiot), exclamations (shut-up, bloody [mild obscenity deleted], bloody, oh my giddy aunt, bit of a bugger), 16 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Almighty God, For Heaven's Sake, Dear God, My God, God, God's A Joke, God's A Joker, Thank God, What In God's Name, Oh God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown holding glasses of champagne at a formal affair, a man drinks wine through a straw at a party, people drink wine with a meal, people drink wine and champagne at a party, and people drink wine and alcohol at several parties. Men and women smoke cigarettes around a campfire, a man smokes a cigarette in the wings of a stage, and a man smokes a cigarette at a party.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Polio, love, courage, family, choosing to live, assisted suicide, happiness, progress, isolation of the sick and infirmed, hydraulic wheelchair lift, motorized wheelchairs.

MESSAGE - Medical advances and love can help people with debilitating diseases live better, longer lives. Advocating for others can lead to a more fulfilling life.

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