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Comet [2014] [R] - 3.2.8

 
 

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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 man and a woman (Justin Long and Emmy Rossum) meet and fall in love in various parallel universes, but the challenges of staying together appear to be pre-destined. Also with Eric Winter, Lou Beatty Jr., Kayla Servi, Nicole Lucas and Ben Pace. Directed by Sam Esmail. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman lying in bed together kiss and the man says, "I wanna have sex with you"; he removes his tie and shirt (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back) and climbs on top of her as she wraps her legs around him (we hear them panting), he fumbles with something that falls out of his pocket and abruptly stops and gets out of the bed. A man and a woman kiss.
 A man and a woman hug. We see a series of flashbacks that show a man and a woman together while kissing, dancing, etc. A man and a woman dance and press their cheeks together. A man and a woman hold hands. A man holds a bouquet of flowers and stands outside an apartment door practicing how he will greet the woman who will answer the door.
 A woman confesses to her boyfriend that she has been sexting her ex-boyfriend. A man asks a woman for her phone number while she is on a date with another man; the other man is incredulous (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man and a woman talk about having had sex dreams about each other and the woman says, "And then the sex happened." A man tells a woman, "I don't believe in love." A man and a woman walk through a cemetery and talk about the names on the grave markers; the man finds one with the name Olga and says, "I always wanted to [F-word deleted] an Olga." A woman says, "I would 'F' Edward R. Murrow." A man asks a woman if she is sleeping with anyone. A woman tells a man, "You were trying to get back in my pants." A woman says, "Girls are afraid of cockroaches because they love to lay eggs in your [anatomical term deleted]." A woman tells a man, "I'm falling out of love with you."
 A woman wears a camisole and panties that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, back and legs to the lower buttocks in a scene. A woman wears an off the shoulder dress that reveals bare shoulders, back and bare legs to the thigh.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A car speeds toward a man standing in a street and a woman pushes him to safety before being struck (he falls back and onto a curb uninjured). A bird crashes into the windshield of a car while a woman is driving (we hear a thud and see blood splatter on the window). A man asks a woman for her phone number while she is on a date with another man; the other man is incredulous, grabs the man and shoves him while threatening him. A woman slaps a man in the face and they shove each other briefly. A man punches a mirror in a bathroom on a train and we see is shatter. A man threatens to beat someone up.
 A room shakes and rubbles and dust falls around a man and a woman (as if there is an earthquake; no one is injured). A man and a woman hold hands and walk between train cars (she is afraid).
 A man and a woman argue in several scenes. A woman yells at a man and storms out of a room. A woman tells a man that his mother died from a heart attack; he becomes upset and throws the phone, breaking it. A man receives a phone call while standing in a line and is told that his mother has liver cancer; he asks about a transplant and other details while a woman in the line listens and shares information with the man. A woman tells a man that she was raped in high school by the football quarterback (it turns out to be a lie). A woman drives to a gun range and puts on her goggles when she arrives (we don't see any gun activity). A woman yells and throws things around a hotel while searching for her phone.
 A man talks to a woman while standing in a line and determines that she is pre-med because she was unable to save her mother from cancer. A man makes insulting remarks about a woman being overweight. A man and a woman meet and recollect a time when they had a big fight. A woman asks a man, "Does it bother you that you don't make me happy?" A woman runs from a man and he chases her until they stop on stairs and talk. A man says, "An explosion could swallow us all whole." A man teases a woman and says, "Girls are afraid of cockroaches" to which she replies, "Girls are afraid of cockroaches because they love to lay eggs in your [anatomical term deleted]."
 People stand in a long line in a cemetery waiting to watch a meteor shower when the sun goes down (we see a mausoleum and grave markers). A man throws a bouquet of flowers on the floor in an apartment hallway. We see a woman's cell phone screen Is shattered.
 A man asks a woman if she has a vomit bag and he gags (no vomit). A woman burps loudly in a man's face. A man says, "I feel sick."

PROFANITY 8 - About 39 F-words and its derivatives, 5 sexual remarks, 12 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, crazy, a Brittany Spears song, sick, mean, condescending, superficial phony, paranoid, bird brain, sweatpants culture, retarded, annoying, pothead, selfish, crass, miserable, horrible on paper, freak), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh My God, Jesus Christ, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman says that MTV is like a drug. A man smokes a marijuana cigarette while standing in a long line in a cemetery, a man smokes a marijuana cigarette in a hotel and a woman takes it from him and smokes it, a man rolls a marijuana cigarette while standing in a long line in a cemetery, a man orders a drink in a bar and drinks it, people are shown drinking alcohol in a train bar car, a woman drinks from a bottle of wine while walking, and a woman says that when she is high she thinks people can't hear her and then speaks very loudly. A man smokes a cigarette while standing in a long line in a cemetery, and a woman smokes a cigarette in a hotel room.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, parallel universes, hate and indifference, respect, perfection, time, commitment, regret, materialism, romance, balance, pessimism, infidelity, friendship, lying, rape, LA vs. NY, manipulation, excuses vs. reasons, time based art, indentured servitude, paranoia, bio-chemical addictions, after life, fantasy, truth, recklessness.

MESSAGE - Relationships are a struggle to find a perfect balance. Life isn't real without love.

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