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Cake [2014] [R] - 5.4.7



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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 woman (Jennifer Aniston) suffering from debilitating pain after an accident struggles with the suicide of a friend in her support group. Also with Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Chris Messina. Directed by Daniel Barnz. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman wearing shorts and a T-shirt lies in bed drinking a glass of wine; a man from outside opens her sliding glass door and enters her room where he removes his shirt (we see his bare chest and abdomen), he sits on the bed near her, caresses her and they kiss passionately (we see her bare leg to the upper thigh); she tells him to take his pants off (we do not see him remove his pants), they moan and he thrusts as she lies on her side (the man is wearing a wedding band and it is assumed that he is married to someone other than this woman).
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals her cleavage and a bit of her nipple is evident through the fabric. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.
 A man and a woman sleep in bed together (fully clothed) and the man tells the woman, "I don't want to have sex," to which she says, "I know. I don't like sleeping alone either"; the woman pulls the sleeping man's arm over her side and falls asleep. A woman asks her estranged husband to stay with her until she falls asleep and says, "I don't want to have sex or anything"; the husband stays and sits in a chair next to the woman's bed until she falls asleep.
 An elderly man and an elderly woman dance in a swimming pool. Two women sleep fully clothed in bed together (nothing sexual is implied). After a teen girl tells two women that she is an actress going to LA, one of the women says, "You're gonna end up in porn."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman yells at a man and tells him to get off her property; he tries to talk to her and she lunges at him pushing him out her front door and onto the sidewalk where she punches, kicks and yells, "I should kill you," before being pulled away by a man and another woman.
 A woman holds a weight and jumps into a swimming pool; she sinks to the bottom and sits for a few moments, then lunges to the surface gasping (she's OK). A woman walks to the edge of a highway overpass as traffic speeds by, and then imagines (in a dream) standing on the guard wall and stepping off before waking up in a start. A woman lies across train tracks and we hear a train approaching (she gets up before the train arrives).
 A woman bites a man on the lip as they kiss passionately (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A woman moans loudly and screams in pain while having therapy and she yells at the therapist. A woman lies in bed moaning in pain, gets out of bed and walks into a swimming pool (fully clothed) where she floats and sees an opossum watching her from the deck of the pool. A woman moans in pain in several scenes.
 A woman goes into the room of her dead son and is clearly upset as she tries to open a box with some of his belongings in it; she calls for another woman to help her. A man talks about watching a woman as she climbed to a highway overpass and then jumped to her death; he seems upset by the events and talks about having yelled for her not to jump. A woman describes how another woman committed suicide and that she jumped off a highway overpass, landed on the back of a flatbed truck and her body was not discovered for days.
 A woman imagines another woman (she is dead) speaking to her and interacting with her; in one scene the dead woman tells her that she should just do it (meaning commit suicide) and pushes her into a swimming pool (the woman swims back to the surface and gasps, but is OK). A woman imagines a dead woman sitting next to her as the living woman lies in bed with the dead woman's husband (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A woman imagines a dead woman seated in a booth near her in a diner; she approaches the table and yells at the imagined woman saying, "I oughta slap that grin off your face" before storming out of the diner. A woman imagines a dead woman jumping out of her hospital room window; the woman wakes up and screams, pulls an IV out of her arm and yells (we see blood on her arm at the IV site).
 A woman's car is stolen from a drive-in movie lot and we see glass on the ground. A teenage girl steals a woman's purse. A teenage girl opens the car door of a woman and is apparently going to steal from it or stow away but the woman is in the car and invites her to join them.
 A woman yells at another woman and says, "You treat me like a dog," along with reprimands for her behavior. A man and a woman argue over a box of children's toys and they spill on a street; the woman picks them up after she sends the man away. A woman argues with her mother about caring for another woman and makes a snide remark about "driving her to the drug dealer." A woman in a car asks the driver if they are in Orange County and then asks, "Do you see only white people?" and the woman then rants about people who live in Orange County being Nazi sympathizers and about the Nixon Library. A woman argues with her estranged husband about his having abused his power with the federal government after getting her out of trouble at the border. After an argument with a woman where another woman threatens to sue her the threatening woman apologizes and offers her a gift; the threatened woman asks if it's a "poisoned apple," and the other woman says, "No, a bottle of vodka." A man talks about what he would say to his wife if he could talk to her after her suicide. Several women in a support group talk about one of the group having committed suicide; they each make a comment as if they are speaking to the dead woman in an attempt to deal with the suicide. We understand that a woman had a terrible car accident and that her young son was killed in the accident. After a teen girl asks a woman what happened to her, the woman says, "My parachute failed to open." A woman imagines a dead woman talking to her about not believing in God, or heaven or hell, or anything. A woman tells a pharmacist that she has a problem with anything religious when he hides drugs in the base of a religious statue. A man and woman stand at the grave of his wife and the woman asks about where he got the marble for the grave marker. Two women stand at the grave of the young son of one of the women. A woman describes getting so drunk on a first date with her husband and that he held her hair back while she "puked."
 A woman is shown with scars across her face and chest and a large scar down her thigh and lower leg; we hear that she has pins in her legs and she suffers tremendous pain. A woman is shown lying nearly flat in the passenger seat of a car in several scenes; she frequently grimaces when the car goes over bumpy roads.
 A woman takes many pills after an upsetting encounter and we see her stumble to the bathroom where she vomits into the toilet (we see goo and hear splatter; it looks as if she might have stuck her fingers down her throat to cause herself to vomit), moans and falls to the floor unconscious (we see her in the hospital later where she recovers). A woman urinates while seated on a toilet and we hear a trickle; a young boy opens the door startling her and asks her what happened to her face (she has scars); she asks if she can finish and the boy leaves.

PROFANITY 7 - About 25 F-words, 3 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, idiot, ugly mouth, coward, raving [mild obscenity deleted], silly, old, shrew), 1 religious profanity (GD), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ, Oh God, God, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman is shown taking prescription drugs in many scenes throughout the movie and she sometimes takes the pills with wine, a woman searches her medicine cabinets for prescription drugs (presumably for pain) and finds a vial hidden behind a picture on a wall, a woman is given prescriptions for Percocet and Oxycontin, a man tells a woman that he is angry and she says that "they have great drugs for that," a woman takes several pills after an upsetting incident (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a woman imagines another woman saying that "it's hard without the drugs," and a woman argues with her mother about caring for another woman and makes a snide remark about "driving her to the drug dealer." A woman is shown drinking a glass of wine while lying in bed alone, two women are shown with blue drinks in margarita glasses next to them (we do not see them drink), a woman drinks wine alone in several scenes and another woman tries to put the bottle away in one scene before being admonished to leave it, several people are shown drinking alcohol or with drinks in front of them in a bar scene, a man and a woman drink wine, a woman gives a large bottle of vodka to another woman as an apology, and a woman describes getting so drunk on a first date with her husband and that he held her hair back while she "puked."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Suicide, chronic pain, closure, giving up, support groups, honesty, getting in touch with your feelings, death of a child, death of a loved one, death of a mother, anger issues, St. Jude.

MESSAGE - Chronic pain can be debilitating and is also difficult for the people around those who are suffering.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P7 - MPAAR

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