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Brideshead Revisited [2008] [PG-13] - 7.2.3



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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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Adapted from the classic novel by Evelyn Waugh: A young man's (Ben Whishaw) life is forever changed after meeting the family that lives in the palatial Brideshead. Also with Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Felicity Jones, Stephen Merchant, Greta Scacchi, Ed Stoppard, Jonathan Cake and Patrick Malahide. Directed by Julian Jarrold. [2:15]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman kiss passionately and begin removing their clothing, they lie on the floor, he thrusts, and they kiss and caress each other (his bare back and her bare shoulders are visible).
 A woman poses nude for an art class (her bare back and buttocks are visible). Two men swim nude in a fountain (we see bare buttocks and backs) and a young woman finds them. A man sits bare-chested in a bathtub and another man sits in a chair next to the tub. A man sits in a bathtub (his bare chest visible), stands up to dry off and his bare buttocks, chest, abdomen and legs are seen. Women wearing cabaret dance outfits dance on a stage (cleavage and legs are evident). Women wear low-cut evening gowns that reveal bare shoulders, backs and cleavage. We see a painting of a nude infant boy and his genitals are visible.
 Two men kiss. Two men kiss and one caresses the other's shoulder. A brother and sister kiss (nothing sexual is implied). A man and a woman kiss.
 A man and a woman dance together. A man looks into a room where a woman dresses (there's no nudity) and they look at each other.
 A man talks about another man's sexual encounters and makes a reference to rape.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man drops a glass that breaks and he becomes angry.
 A woman confronts a man and tells him to leave her house. We hear air raid sirens in the distance as military personnel clamber around setting up a post. We hear that a man has fluid in his lung and is too weak to travel.
 A man walks through a crowded Moroccan marketplace, we hear shouting, and we see two men pushing each other. A man stumbles and says he had a lot to drink.
 A man vomits (we see goo and hear splatter on the floor) and another man is shown scrubbing the vomit up. A man is weak and dying and another man is shown convalescing and weak.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 sexual reference, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (sodomites, heathen, sinner), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women smoke and hold glasses of champagne at an art exhibit, men and women smoke and drink champagne, and men smoke and drink alcohol. A man drinks heavily in many scenes and we hear that he is an alcoholic, a man drinks alcohol from a flask and people drink wine with dinner. Men smoke in many scenes and a man smokes a cigar.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religion, Anglicanism vs. Catholicism, homosexuality, love, desires, guilt, mental illness, jealousy, happiness, eccentrics, pragmatism, dipsomania, friendship, knowing what you want, opulence, opportunism, life hereafter, purpose of life, infidelity, temptation, betrayal, disappointment, heartbreak, regret, faith, agnosticism, atheism.

MESSAGE - Differing religious convictions can drive people apart.

Special Keywords: S7 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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