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The Bye Bye Man [2017] [PG-13] - 5.8.5

 
 

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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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After moving into a creepy old house, three people begin to experience strange events; and as their reality shifts and they are convinced that they are going mad, they each realize that there is only one way to escape the evil that has been unleashed. Also with Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Michael Trucco, Jenna Kanell, Erica Tremblay, Faye Dunaway and Carrie-Anne Moss. Directed by Stacy Title. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man hears sexual moaning coming from behind a door, he enters the room and finds his girlfriend having sex with his friend and we see her thrusting and her bare shoulders are shown; we then we see the young man thrusting and his bare shoulders are shown (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A young man stands presumably fully nude (we see his bare chest and abdomen to the hips) and motions for a young woman to join him in his room (she is the girlfriend of his roommate and friend). A young woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage and her abdomen. A young woman is shown wearing a bra and pedi-pants with a short robe (cleavage, bare abdomen and legs to the upper thighs are seen). A young man is shirtless in a bathroom and we see his bare shoulders, chest, abdomen and back.
 Men and women dance at a house party and one young man and young woman dance seductively as her boyfriend watches. We hear sexual moaning behind a closed door. A young man and a young woman kiss in a couple of scenes. A young man and a young woman hug. A young man sees his girlfriend and his friend hugging on a street.
 A young woman invites a young man in to her house and says, "We could try again," and the implication is that they attempted to have sex previously but they were unsuccessful. A young woman says, "I love you John" to her boyfriend (his name is Elliott) and he becomes upset.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man with a shotgun shoots through the door of a house killing a woman inside (we see her later with blood on her dress); the gunman enters the house and shoots a paraplegic man attempting to crawl away on the floor (we do not see the results). A man with a shotgun follows a woman and her teenage daughter into their home and shoots them both (we see the body of the teen on the floor with no evident blood), then tries to shoot himself but the gun is empty. A man drinks drain cleaner and thrashes, and then falls dead on the floor (we see blood and matter seeping from his mouth and onto the floor). A young woman makes a young man stop his car, and she gets out and runs toward an overturned car and injured people on the side of the road; she stops on railroad tracks as a train approaches and she is struck (we see her body flutter under the wheels and we later see the body zipped up in a body bag). A young man speeds toward a woman standing in the road, hits her and she is thrown, and the car flips (we see the woman covered with blood as she slumps over dead). A young woman has a lot of blood on her hand and we see her washing it; we later see a blood stained hammer handle in her purse and we find out that her roommate was murdered. A young man hits another young man in the head with a baseball bat and the young man stumbles and falls to the floor (we see blood trickle from his ear later). A woman is shown holding a bloody kitchen knife and we see two bloody bodies on the floor. A young man picks up a pair of scissors and we see him straddling a young woman and stabbing her (she is covered with blood); another young man pulls him away, they struggle over the scissors and the second young man shoots his gun killing the attacker (we see blood-covered bodies and blood and matter in a bullet wound). A young man shoots himself in the head and we see his house in flames.
 A demonic dog eats the face of a dead woman (we see the dog tug at the body) in a couple of scenes (we hear slurping). A maggot wriggles in a young woman's eye and falls out onto her coat followed by 2 others as a young man sees them and yells. Drops of blood fall on a woman's shoe and we see blood running from her mouth and eyes (the sockets appear empty). A woman becomes engulfed in flames and screams for a young man with a gun to help her (he does not shoot her). A young man imagines a dead woman covered with bloody gashes walking toward him and screams. A young man is shown charred and quaking on a gurney as he is placed in an ambulance.
 A young man speeds toward another young man standing in the road (he is not really there). Four people do a séance around a table and the young woman leading the group talks about a young man's parents and how they died (she says they are talking to her), she becomes agitated and says that something is coming, the others scream when the lights go out and the leader of the group falls on the floor (there are no injuries). A young man sees glowing eyes in a dark closet, and then hears a scream from downstairs. A young man hears scratching noises outside a house at night and finds deep scratch marks on a brick wall the next day. A young man hears scratching noises and investigates outside and in a dark basement, where he finds deep scratches on a concrete wall and sees movement in the shadows and runs upstairs screaming for his roommates. A young girl opens a closet door and as she does a closet door on the opposite side of the room opens and a demonic dog's head pokes out. A young man sees moving images of a dark cloaked demon and a demonic dog on a train car on his phone and becomes frightened. A young woman hears a noise in a closet and looks in the door (there is nothing there), the bedroom door slams and she is startled. A young woman trips on a flight of stairs and a young man catches her. A young man bumps his head on a vent in a basement (he's OK).
 A woman gives a young man a gun and tells him to kill others and then himself. Two young men argue and shove each other until they are separated by a police detective. A young man becomes increasingly paranoid and yells at his roommate when he touches his girlfriend's arm to comfort her. A young man in a class is startled when the professor pounds on his desk. A young man is interrogated about why he was seen with a bloody hammer and chasing a young woman onto train tracks where she was struck and killed. A young man and his older brother argue and the young man speeds away in his car. A young man enters a woman's house and she sits across from him with a gun in her lap.
 A woman and a young man talk about, "A kid that went crazy and killed people." A young woman says, "We all die in the end." A woman talks about an, "Evil reaper." A young man repeats phrases incessantly in a couple of scenes.
 A dark cloaked demon appears in the shadows in several scenes (he has deep red scars on his face and he is ashen with long, bony fingers). A dark cloaked man appears seated in a library and moves closer and closer to a young man who becomes frightened. A silhouette of a skull flashes on the screen. A dog on wallpaper becomes animated and turns its head to show sharp teeth.
 A young woman vomits and we hear splat and gagging.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 10 scatological terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, psychic), exclamations (shut-up, what the fff...), 1 religious profanity (GD), 21 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Jesus Christ, Oh My God, God, Thank God, Oh God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol (beer and liquor) at a house party, a young man drinks from a beer bottle, and a young girl gives a young man a bottle of liquor as a house warming gift.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Evil, murder, jealousy, imagination, psychic cleansing.

MESSAGE - Ideas are actually real.

Special Keywords: S5 - V8 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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