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The Congress [2014] [NR] - 7.4.6

 
 

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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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Sci-fi film about an actress (Robin Wright) offered one final role that will actually end her acting career but preserve her young and beautiful presence. Also with Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Paul Giamatti and the voice of Jon Hamm. Directed by Ari Folman. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - An animated man and an animated woman are shown having sex: the woman is shown nude with her bare breasts, abdomen buttocks and genital area shown and his bare chest and groin with a bump at the groin are seen; they kiss and appear to melt together. An animated man and an animated woman have sex in a field: we see her bare breasts as she thrusts on top of the man and we see bare buttocks; there is the suggestion of oral sex.
 An animated woman wearing a robe opens the front to reveal her bare breasts and abdomen (below the waist is shadowed). We see an animated nude woman with her bare breasts, abdomen and legs visible and her hands covering her genitals. We see an animated woman's bare breast in close-up. A teenage girl wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman being scanned wears a skin-tight suit that forms to her body. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Animated men are shown wearing underwear and their bare chests and abdomens are visible.
 We see an animated man wearing no pants (his bare legs are shown) surrounded by two scantily clad women (cleavage and bare legs to the hip are seen). A man kisses a woman and we see his bare chest and groin (no genitals). A woman takes a capsule from a man, puts it in her mouth and kisses him.
 A man talks about scanning a woman and capturing her sexual kinks and climaxing. A man tells a woman that his job allows him to tell her to take off her beautiful dress. An animated man asks an animated woman if when fantasizing in bed she pays royalties.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Animated guards enter a nightclub and beat patrons with clubs and shoot guns in the air. An animated man points a gun at a woman on a stage and two men lead the woman off-stage as another man on the stage is shot dead (audience members run and scream); as we see people pouring out of the building an explosive device strikes the building and it blows up sending flames shooting into the air. An animated woman is lead to a ledge by two guards wearing gas masks and the woman asks for one bullet in the head; we see blood splatter as the body drops. An animated woman is placed into a glass case and lowered into liquid nitrogen.
 A woman straddles a rocket as it is dropped from a plane and falls through the air. An animated snake hisses and snaps at an animated man and an animated woman as vines grow through them. An animated woman snorts a liquid and sprouts wings; she flies high into the sky and a man, also with wings, follows her.
 A scene in a movie shows a woman using a whip to cut a robot in half; we see the pieces separate. An animated woman hits her head on a mirror breaking the glass and we see her fall to the floor with blood on her head. An animated man and an animated woman put on a breathing apparatus and run. An animated kite flies into an airplane and the plane explodes and crashes. A woman walks through a crowd of people that are surrounded by other people wearing gas masks. A woman lies on the ground and appears to be hurt, but we see no wounds.
 A boy flies a kite and chases it toward an airport runway as a jet flies overhead; a dog with a security guard chases the boy as does the boy's mother (no one is harmed). A kite flies into a helicopter.
 A woman climbs into a sphere that lights up and she is told to smile and laugh and react in specific ways. A woman does an ear treatment for her teen son that involves a long tube that is lit at the end and smoke flows into his ear.
 We hear that a teenage boy is suffering hearing loss and vision loss. A man describes a woman as a "clean cut" presumably meaning that she has not had any appearance altering surgery. An animated man talks about being an animated woman's "animator." A man tells a woman a sad story about a young boy who was bullied because he was born with a tail. A teen girl talks to her mother about being a perfect fit for a Holocaust film. A woman says that something makes her want to vomit. A comment is made about kissing an actor with bad breath.
 A bug skitters across a man's desk in an animated scene and the man squashes it with his hand (we do not hear a squish or see goo). A woman snorts a liquid from an ampoule and speeds away in a car (we see the woman change to an animated character and she is surrounded by animated scenery). Animated people drink from tubes of liquid and they transform into someone else (i.e. a woman changes into Marilyn Monroe for a split second). An animated woman is shown to be aging very rapidly while looking in a mirror.

PROFANITY 6 - About 17 F-words, 4 sexual references, 8 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term painted on the side of a rocket, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (chip in your computer, harsh, reject, loser, crippo, midgets, pretty sick, old lady, idiots who fall in love with their electronics, lost cause, hopeless, prophet of doom), 1 religious profanity (GD), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, For Christ's Sake, God Knows, For God's Sake). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman snorts a liquid from an ampoule and speeds away in a car (we see the woman change to an animated character and she is surrounded by animated scenery), a woman jokes about looking like someone on heroin, a man pulls a capsule out of his mouth and a woman takes it from him and puts it in her mouth, a reference is made to anti-depressants and hallucinations, a woman takes an ampoule from a doctor, and a young man ingests an ampoule. We see alcohol in a snifter in an office, animated men and animated women drink from tubes of liquid and smoke cigars, people drink wine at a restaurant, people are shown standing at a bar and holding drinks. An animated woman smokes in a hotel room, two men smoke pipes and other people smoke cigarettes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Aging actors, preservation of youth, computer simulations, choices, flaws, fear, defects, symmetry, cryogenics, abandonment, free choice, ego, jealousy, conscience, grief, truth.

MESSAGE - The future of actors is in question.

Special Keywords: S7 - V4 - P6 - MPAANR

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