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Crystal Fairy [2013] [NR] - 7.3.6



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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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When an American (Michael Cera) travels to Chile, he meets an eccentric young woman who joins him and his group of friends to drink a hallucinogenic cactus extract. Also with Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andres Silva, Jose Miguel Silva, Agustin Silva and Sebastian Silva. Directed by Sebastian Silva. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A young man discovers photographs of a young woman dressed in leather, having sex (using a sex toy) with a man; the man appears to be wearing a leather jock-strap and the young woman is behind him, performing the sexual act and we then see a close-up picture of the sex toy that's shaped like male genitalia.
 A young woman tells a group of young men that she is a dominatrix and a young man tells the young woman that he has seen her illicit photographs and the young woman is not embarrassed. A young man that does not speak English asks what a dominatrix is and another young man explains crudely that it is a person who has sex with someone in a "sex swing" using sexual toys.
 A young woman removes her clothing and for an extended period of time (several minutes) we see her hiking and walking around a beach and desert area: we see her bare breasts, bare buttocks and pubic area and the young woman is discovered by a young man who offers her a shirt and she becomes embarrassed of her nudity. We see a young woman take off a towel wrapped around her chest and walk nude around a room with young men and young women (we see the young woman's pubic hair, bare breasts and bare buttocks); the young men make crude remarks about the young woman's nakedness and the young woman puts on clothing. A man stares at an art print of a group of nude people. We see a young man in brief-style underwear and he is shirtless (his bare chest and bare back are visible). We see a shirtless young man in bed, sleeping. We see four young men wearing swimming trunks and their bare backs and chests are visible. A woman pulls down her underwear to urinate (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); no nudity is visible and a second woman jokes that the woman is wearing five pairs of underwear.
 A young woman tearfully tells four young men that she had been drugged and raped at a party by a young man when she was a teenager; she goes on to describe that two additional young men began to rape her and she awoke the next morning in a bathtub. A young woman tells a young man that in order to prepare to do drugs as a group, the group should have an orgy; the young woman then explains that she thinks that the four young men are "not ready" for an orgy. A woman makes a crude sexual gesture implying oral sex when she is asked by a young man how many men she had performed oral sex on that night. A young woman makes a sexual implication when she holds a large cactus between her legs and she kisses the cactus. A group of young men make crude sexual remarks and pose hypothetical questions to a group of young men, including the option of making out with their father or smelling a young woman's armpit, having a constant stream of feces coming from their ear or shaving their grandfather's pubic hair or physically eating their grandfather as food.
 We see two women approach two young men (it is implied that the women are prostitutes) and one of the young men offers to bring the women home to make them dinner.
 Two young men walk through a park and we see two dogs having sex; one of the young men makes a crude remark about the dogs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A group of women surround a young woman, and they shout and pull her hair until two young men come to rescue her; one of the women grabs one young man's hair and tries to rip his shirt until the two young men and the young woman get away and we later hear the young man talking about how the women had tried to tear his shirt and pull his hair.
 A young man shouts at three young men and a young woman and slams his hand on a table dramatically. A young man shouts at a young woman; the young woman is obviously upset and walks away. A young man shouts at an elderly woman. A young man chides a young woman for being different. A young woman talks about how she was surrounded by a group of women that were trying to attack her.
 A young man is entranced by staring at two dead fish, their jaws hanging slack from a pole. A young woman tries to use an unseen energy to bring life back to a dead rabbit.
 A young man hits a young woman on the head playfully. A young woman throws sand at a young man playfully. Four young men tackle and wrestle one another on a beach and in the ocean playfully. Three young men pantomime jokingly that they are going to hit a young woman with driftwood. A young woman rides in a car, partially sitting on the door with her torso sticking out of the window.
 A young man says that a young man had eaten and then threw up in a hallway. A young man advises three young men and a young woman that they should not be near the kitchen area of a camp ground, in case they throw up from doing drugs. A young woman tells several young men that she has to urinate and will urinate out of her genitals. A young man has his back to a young woman and he begins to urinate (we hear the sound of urination) as the young woman watches (we do not see the stream of urine). A woman pulls down her underwear to urinate in public and we hear two women joking about the woman urinating in public (we see no nudity or urination). A young man jokes with another young man that they need to buy tampons because a young woman is coming on a trip with them.

PROFANITY 6 - About 14 F-words and its derivatives, 4 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (idiot, lonely tornado, crazy, nuts, Crystal Hairy, Hairy Fairy, crazy chicken, pollo loco, really annoying, fat [anatomical term deleted], you look like a crab, patronizing), exclamations (shut up), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see three young men and a young woman drink mescaline made from a hallucinogenic cactus and they act intoxicated and discuss their levels of intoxication at length, a young man appears to have a negative reaction to a hallucinogenic drug and he begins to gag (he recovers unharmed), a young man asks a group of young men if they want to smoke marijuana and we see them smoking marijuana together, a young man and a young woman snort cocaine and the young man asks to purchase more cocaine from a group of people, a young woman snorts cocaine, a young man asks another young man if he wants to snort more cocaine and the young man turns it down (it is implied that the young man does go back and snorts more cocaine), a young woman asks a young man if he has previously done a lot of drugs and the young man tries to laugh off the question, a young man tells another young man that he wants to "do more drugs," a young man makes a remark about how the cocaine he had previously snorted was mixed with high-potency benzodiazepine, a group of four young men and a young woman discuss drug use extensively, we see a group of young men and a young woman offering to purchase a hallucinogenic cactus from different people, a young man steals a portion of a hallucinogenic cactus from a woman's front yard, and a young woman discusses with four young men how she had been slipped possible date rape drugs or ecstasy in a drink at a party as a teenager. Young men and young women drinking beers and cocktails at a party, young men drink beer throughout the movie, a young man offers to purchase beer for a group of young men and a young woman, and a young man makes himself a cocktail. We see young men and young women smoking cigarettes throughout the movie.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug use, friendship, excessive drug and alcohol use, ex-pats living abroad, alternative sexual hobbies.

MESSAGE - Drugs can become a defining part of someone's life.

Special Keywords: S7 - V3 - P6 - MPAANR

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