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The Damned United [2009] [R] - 2.5.9



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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 fictionalized interpretation of Brian Clough's (Michael Sheen) 44-day tenure as manager of Leeds United, based on David Peace's best selling novel "The Damn Utd." Realizing that he had alienated himself from his former colleagues, including his former assistant (Timothy Spall), he begins to reevaluate his actions and decisions. Also with Jim Broadbent, Henry Goodman and Maurice Roeves. Directed by Tom Hooper. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - In the background, we see the profile of a man, nude from the waist-down (buttocks are visible). We see several bare-chested men and a couple of children in a locker room and on a beach. A man rips off his shirt and storms off a soccer field, exposing his bare chest and back.
 A man says that he would massage the players in the locker room (in a non-sexual manner) and he asks another man if he had ever massaged the players; he replies that the players would have never allowed him to massage them.
 A man kisses another man on the cheek in a friendly fashion on two separate occasions. A man embraces another man and kisses him on the cheek (in a non-sexual manner). Two men embrace, and then walk with their arms around each other's shoulders. A man jumps into the arms of another man, who hugs and carries the man away, in a non-sexual manner. A man puts his hands on the shoulders of two young men, and then puts his arms around the shoulders of two other men in a friendly fashion.
 Two men dance together in a non-sexual way. A man feeds another man peanuts while riding together a car (in a non-sexual manner). A man winks at another man (in a non-sexual manner) in a couple of scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Soccer game footage shows men tumbling over one another and shoving one another: a man punches another man in the face, a man punches another man on the side of the head, a man punches another man in the face, a man shoves another man, one man runs full-force into another man (they slam against one another), a man head-butts another man, a man shoves another man violently, a man falls to the ground after being slammed into by another man and is seen being carried off on a stretcher, a man is carried away on a stretcher after he was shown lying motionless on the ground, a man falls to the ground as he dives after a ball, two men slam into each other and quickly stand back up, a man falls to the ground while kicking a ball, a man falls to his knees as he dives after a ball, a man stumbles, five men crash into one another, and a man slides and falls to the ground as he attempts to catch a ball.
 During game play, a man punches another man who drops to the ground and we see the act three different times, each time announcing that the man had given the other man a "nasty right hook." A man on a soccer field punches another man in the stomach, and he falls to the ground clutching his stomach (we see his face covered in mud as he limps away).
 After two men crash into one another on a soccer field, the crowd erupts into boos, shouting undecipherable profanities at the players while one of the men falls to the ground and has to be carried off on another man's back. A man is seen lying on a stretcher in a hallway, covered in mud and in pain.
 A man is seen being carried away on a gurney towards an ambulance, and he is later seen sitting up in a hospital bed, joking that he had been having a heart attack for three solid weeks.
 A man charges into a boardroom, shouts at the men surrounding the table, punches the table, and when he is instructed to get out and "never show his face again" he throws a towel on the table. A man shouts at a team of men, saying that he does not need to justify himself. Two men engage in a harsh argument. A man shouts at another man, asking where he has been and the man ignores him and walks away. A man shouts to several other men that he never wants to hear a man's name, and that if he does he will force the offending person to scrub his boots.
 A man jokes that another man had broken more bones than "Evil Knievel." The two men argue and one tells the other that he is attempting to ruin his life. A man tells another man that he is the "bottom of the bottom, lowest of the low." A man tells another man that his job is to stop being "the wandering Jew" (it seems to be a reference to a plant and not a religious slur).
 A man asks another man for forgiveness, and then dropping to his knees, he begs the man for forgiveness (using profanity); the two men embrace and one of the men playfully punches the other man on the shoulder.
 A young boy is seen picking his nose.

PROFANITY 9 - About 47 F-words and its derivatives, 7 anatomical terms, 4 sexual references, 40 mild obscenities (including "bloody" and the written title), name-calling (cocky, bully, fool, fat, fat pilot fish, biter, daft, old, stinking, superstitious, cheeky, "old as time," buggers, dirty, useless, "wandering Jew" -- presumably used as reference to the plant of the same name), 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A group of people sitting around a television smoke cigarettes and drink alcoholic drinks, people drink and smoke cigarettes in a party setting, a group of people are seen smoking cigarettes and drinking wine, and in a boardroom men smoke cigarettes and have glasses of alcohol in front of them. A group of men sit around a conference table with drinks in front of them, a man walks in and jokes that he was not been offered a drink, a man pulls two wine glasses and a bottle of wine out of a bag and places them on a table, a man touches a bottle of wine and comments that another man had not stayed for a drink, a man pours a bottle of champagne into a trophy and instructs a woman to take a drink, a man sits down at a wet bar (we see two bottles of alcohol) and pours himself a drink and an inebriated man calls another man, who shouts at him and asks the man if he is drunk (we hear the man take a gulp of an alcoholic drink). A group of men smoke during a television interview, a man smokes a cigarette, a man smokes a cigarette and blows the smoke in the direction of another man, three women stand in a semi-circle smoking cigarettes, a group of men walk on a city street while smoking cigarettes, a man smokes a cigar in a few scenes, a man walks down a hallway with a cigar in his mouth, a man smokes a cigarette and knocks a portion of the ash into an ashtray with three other cigarette butts in it, a man smokes a cigarette in a locker room, a man smokes a cigarette while sitting at a desk, a man smokes a cigarette while speaking to another man on the phone, a man smokes a cigar while sitting at the head of a conference table where other men smoke cigarettes, a woman smokes a cigarette while riding on the shoulders of a man, and we see an ashtray with a partially smoked cigarette in it.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dishonesty, cheating in sports, fiscal dishonesty, friendship, English soccer, English soccer brackets, sports management.

MESSAGE - Happiness is more than just victories on the soccer field.

Special Keywords: S2 - V5 - P9 - MPAAR

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