Catfish [2010] [PG-13] - 4.2.4

 
 

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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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Ostensibly a documentary about a young New York photographer (Nev Schulman), who develops an online relationship with a family in rural Michigan -- first with a talented 8-year-old girl who reproduces his photos as paintings and then with her 19-year-old half-sister. However, the circumstances may not be as they seem. Also with Megan Faccio and Melody C. Roscher. Directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A shirtless young man lying in bed reads aloud a series of provocative text messages between himself and a young woman: the messages detail how they had thought of one another in the shower, their mutual anticipation of initiating a sexual relationship, bathing together, kissing, and having sex; a remark describes the conversation as a "cheap porn book." A young man reads emails from a young woman aloud, stating, "You are so sexy" and explaining that a young woman feels "an intense physical connection" between herself and the young man. We see text messages exchanged between a young man and a young woman stating that they will dream of the other person. A young woman tells a young man how attractive his bare chest is in a photograph and how she would not be able to keep her hands off him.
 A shirtless young man, seen lying in bed, is asked by an unseen man if he would take a young woman's virginity or simply "kiss her and send her home." The bare chest and back of a young man are seen after he climbs out of bed. Two young men are seen shirtless on two different occasions. Three young men are seen shirtless as they swim in a lake.
 A young man looks at digital photographs of a young woman posing with another young woman's hands on her behind. A young man manipulates a digital photograph of a young woman (her bare back is visible), and superimposes it next to a photograph of himself (his bare chest is visible). We see multiple digital photographs on a young man's computer of a young woman who is implied to be topless (nudity is covered by a guitar). A digital photograph of a shirtless man is seen on a computer screen.
 A young man and a woman hug; the woman holds onto the young man after they hug and the young man pulls away. A young man puts his hand down the waistband of his pants (in a non-sexual way).

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A mentally handicapped young man is seen strapped into a wheelchair: he grunts loudly and slaps himself in the face as a woman explains to another young man that she is adding drugs to calm him (we see the woman injecting a syringe into his feeding tube bladder). The shouts and grunts of a mentally handicapped young man are heard and a woman says she does not know why the young man is upset.
 We see text on the screen explaining that a young man had died (there's no explanation as to why or how). A young man reads an email aloud from a girl stating that her snake had died after being sick and that she found it dead in the cage. A young man reads an email aloud from a girl stating that another man needs to wear his "brain bucket" when he is skateboarding. A woman jokingly tells a young man that a mentally handicapped young man will "bludgeon her to death" with a soup pot. A woman tells a young man that she is starting chemotherapy for treatment of uterine cancer (we later discover this is not true and that the woman is healthy).

PROFANITY 4 - 1 inferred F-word ("eff off"), 3 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (psychopaths, weirdo, liar, gullible), 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man discusses how he has been told via email and text that a young woman and a teenage boy are being checked into rehab and he comments that he did not know they had a drinking problem, a woman tells a man that a young woman is in rehab, and photographs of a young woman holding various alcoholic drinks are seen.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Online personas, cyber-reality vs. reality, Facebook, documentaries, dishonesty, discovering you have been misled, online/virtual relationships, sexting, uterine cancer, alcoholism, going to rehab, Photoshopping photographs, severe mental handicaps, responsibilities of the caretakers of mentally handicapped people, painting.

MESSAGE - Be careful when you develop and online relationship.

Special Keywords: S4 - V2 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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