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The East [2013] [PG-13] - 6.6.4



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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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When a young woman (Brit Marling) goes undercover for an elite private intelligence firm, she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group that attacks major corporations for environmental violations. With Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell and Aldis Hodge. Directed by Zal Batmanglij. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man grabs a young woman and they kiss passionately; they begin taking off one each other's clothing (we see the man's bare chest and back) as the man kisses the young woman passionately and they recline; we see the man on top of the young woman, thrusting and hear the young woman panting sexually (the man's bare chest and back are visible).
 A man tries to push himself on a young woman, he pins her against a wall and begins to kiss her while making sexual remarks about how she wants to have sex and the young woman fights him (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 We see several young women and men playing a game of "Spin the Bottle": A young man asks a man if he and another young man could hug the man for one minute and the man agrees (we see them hugging); the man then spins and asks if the two young men can hug him for another minute; a man asks a young woman if he can kiss the woman's bellybutton, she agrees and unbuttons a small area of her dress, allowing him to kiss her stomach; a young woman kisses the palms of a young man; a young woman rides piggy-back on a young man; a young man asks a man if they can kiss and the man agrees and they share a kiss; a young woman asks a man if they can kiss and the man turns her down offering to hug instead and they hug; and a young woman asks another young woman if they can kiss and the young woman does not initially respond but then they kiss.
 A young woman walks past a young man and another young woman kissing passionately on the beach in the dark. A young woman kisses and hugs a man. A young woman kisses a man on the cheek and snuggles against him. A young woman hugs a man and he lifts her up and spins her around. A man puts a young woman's face in his hands, holding her face close to his and then pulls away. A man cuddles in bed against a young woman; they are both fully clothed.
 We see a young woman, fully nude; she is dead and on her side (her breasts and crotch are covered by flowers). A young woman spies on a man taking a bath and watches as the man stands up (his bare buttocks are visible as he walks away and sits on a chair, fully nude). On multiple occasions we see people bathing in a creek including the following: two shirtless men and a shirtless woman bathe a young woman (we see the two men's bare chest and back as they hold the young woman in their arms to bathe her and she is implied to be fully nude, but is covered with water); and two young women bathe in a creek and we see the bare back of one of them while the second young woman is wearing a sports bra and brief-style underwear. We see a shirtless man in bed with a fully clothed young woman. We see a woman with a towel wrapped around her, standing in front of a closet. We see a young woman wrapped in a towel sitting on a bed. A group of people watches a video of a woman rapidly bathing two young boys (we see a portion of the boys' bare chest as they are covered in bubbles in the tub). We briefly see a photograph of two boys swimming and their bare backs are visible.
 A young woman tells another young woman that she is supposed to engage with a young man who is a "sex addict."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young woman falls over after the motorcycle she is on comes to a stop and the driver shouts that the young woman had been shot; we see the young woman laid out on a kitchen table, surrounded by a group of young men and women and two men as she gasps for air and we see a doctor sedate her with a rag soaked in gas; the young woman passes out and the doctor attempts to cut her open but is unable due to shaking hands, a young woman takes the knife and slowly cuts the woman's torso (we see blood) and with the doctor's verbal guidance, puts her hands into the young woman's open torso (the young woman is covered in blood, up to almost her elbows) and she removes a bullet; we later see the young woman dead and lying in a shallow grave as a group of people surround the grave and pile dirt on top of her.
 A young woman rips open a soda can and drags it against her arm, she cries in pain and we see blood on her arm; a young man asks to see it and the young woman sheepishly shows the bloody cut and we later see a man examine the young woman's arm, pour sanitizer on it and glue the cut shut with crazy glue.
 A young woman stabs a man (her father) in the leg with a syringe, the man yelps and we see him hit a table and moments later an ambulance races down the road; we then see the man fully recovered, standing next to a woman as a young man holds them at gunpoint, several young women and three men surround the man and woman as the man's daughter demands that the woman and man strip their clothing and get into a pond where we see countless dead fish surfacing; the woman resists and the young woman tries to tackle her, dragging her onto the ground as the police arrive and the man leaps into the water as the woman stands up and the young man holding the man and woman at gunpoint fires a shot at the police car's tire which causes the police to start firing shots at the group, which race away in an ambulance and motorcycle.
 A young woman fights a man trying to kiss her; she shoves the man away and he continues to try to kiss her, she punches him in the stomach then hits him at the base of the neck and he falls to the ground with a thud.
 Two security guards drag a group of young men and women out of the back of a train; one guard yanks a young woman onto the ground roughly and then pulls a young man out behind her as one of the security guards shouts at the young man, and the young woman shouts in his defense until the guard punches her in the stomach with a nightstick and then roughly handcuffs her to a stationary train.
 We see two young men carrying a dead deer and a group of people surround the deer (its tongue is sticking out and we see its eyes open); a young woman instructs another young woman to butcher the deer, dragging a knife along its stomach (we see a small amount of blood); people act disgusted as the young woman hits the deer's intestines and a man continues to butcher the deer and instructs the young woman to place her hand and rub along the deer's organs (we see her hand brushing over a blood covered smooth muscle).
 A young woman holds a knife to the neck of another young woman who flips the other young woman to the ground and threatens her, but then allows the young woman to walk away unharmed. A young woman runs through a train yard as a police officer and police dog chase her; she throws a coat over a high barb-wire topped fence and jumps to safety (she is not harmed).
 A group of people are seen putting large amounts of antibiotics in cocktails being handed out at a reception (one man is shown using an IV bag attached to a straw through his shirt to secretly fill the glasses) while a young woman attempts to gather the glasses, but we see people drinking from the tainted glasses; we later see a woman who had the tainted alcohol on a television press conference saying she was unharmed, but later see her obviously very ill as she explains that the medication had poisoned her and caused brain damage. A man falls to the ground and begins to have a seizure as a group of people surrounds him; the man eventually comes around and stands up unharmed.
 A group of police officers are seen swarming a house as a man inside the house hides a group of people in a trapdoor under the floor and we see the man being arrested and led out of the house. A young woman is startled when she wakes up and a young woman is standing over her. A young man takes a young woman's cell phone, snaps it in half and throws it into a toilet. A man in a car rapidly squeals out of a parking lot, and then angrily punches the dashboard.
 While seeing footage of oil spills, including oil-covered birds and injured fish in oil-covered water, and we see CCTV footage of masked people breaking into a house and pouring oil down walls, into sinks, and implied to be heading towards the bedroom of a sleeping older man and an older woman.
 A young man digs in dumpsters for food as we hear a woman discuss digging in trash for food; we then see the young woman dig an apple out of a small trash can and take a bite from the apple (it looks that it had been bitten before). A group of people sit around a kitchen table, wearing straight jackets and a young woman begins to eat from a bowl like an animal while other people feed one another, using spoons in their mouths to feed each other.
 A young man shouts angrily at a man, and then storms away. A man tells a young woman that he had an adverse reaction to an antibiotic, causing him permanent brain damage and nerve degeneration, and causing him to be unable to continue practicing as a doctor. A man tells a young woman, as a second man and young woman listen, that his sister had an adverse reaction to an antibiotic and caused her brain and nerve damage that lead to her killing herself. A group of people discuss how a child had died from a brain tumor that was the side effect of drinking tainted water; the group discusses how an industry dumps waste into lakes and ponds, making the water tainted and lethal. A young woman tells a man (her father) that the industry he was in charge of was responsible for dumping chemicals into water that had caused the death of a young boy after he developed a brain tumor. A man tells a young woman that his parents had drowned after a boating accident, saying that he had been in the boat as well and listened as they slowly drowned; the man then explains that he had burned down the massive mansion that the family had shared because he wanted attention. A young woman tells a man that people would be killed if their secret identities were revealed. A young man tells a young woman that another young woman, "took a punch" for him previously and fought off a police officer. A young woman reads newspaper headlines reading "terrorist" and "eco terror." A woman advises a young woman that her ego will "kill her." A woman talks about a series of insects with a group of men, explaining that mosquitoes will draw blood and black widows will kill.
 A young woman forces herself to throw up: we see her gagging and then spitting up a small packet into her hands. A young woman puts her finger down her throat, trying to force herself to throw up after drinking a homemade liquor; she is unable to vomit and she just makes gagging noises.
 A young woman rapidly pulls up her pants, acting as though she had just been urinating as a man approaches (no urination or nudity is visible).
 A young woman kicks out a vent to escape from a room, unharmed.

PROFANITY 4 - 3 sexual references, 10 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (dirty [derogatory term for homosexuals deleted], sick dude, nasty, loser, stinking tramp, selfish, soft enough, idiot, chicken [scatological term deleted], another bureau idiot, freaks), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman asks a young woman if she had smoked "too much pot" with a group of people and the young woman tells the woman that the group does not smoke marijuana. A man instructs a young woman to drink a homemade liquor from a mason jar and when the young woman takes a swig she almost immediately becomes intoxicated (she tries to force herself to vomit, blacks out and then wakes up unharmed), several people poison champagne and pass it out to people at a party, several people wearing masks pour themselves champagne, we see a half empty glass of wine on a bedside table next to a young woman in bed, a man drinks a glass of liquor rapidly at a bar, and we see people with liquor and wine at a party.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ecological terrorism, big corporations, revenge, domestic terrorism, environmental issues, antibiotics, subversive behavior.

MESSAGE - Big corporations have a lot of control over out lives and the environment.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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