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The End of the Tour [2015] [R] - 3.2.7

 
 

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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 film based on the transcript of an interview between "Rolling Stone" writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) that took place over several days on the writer's 1996 book tour. Also with Mamie Gummer, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Ron Livingston and Mickey Sumner. Directed by James Ponsoldt. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man makes a comment about wanting to "[F-word deleted] your eyeballs out." Two men have several conversations about sex and hoping to have sex with women. A man describes masturbation as a "relationship with your hand." Two men discuss pornography and virtual reality. Two men talk about relationships and having children. A man makes a remark about "getting raped by a troll. A man describes a woman as having a voice with an orgasmic quality to it. A comment is made that "he went crazy." A man accuses another man of coming onto a woman that he used to date. A man talks about having simultaneous relationships with two women on opposite coasts.
 A man and a woman kiss in their apartment.
 A man is seen bare-chested while brushing his teeth in a bathroom.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two men fight in a movie and one is struck by an explosive that blows up and appears to kill him.
 A man receives a phone call telling him that another man has died and that it was an apparent suicide. Two men argue and insult each other. A man becomes angry when another man asks him about heroin addiction. A man says, "My head is going to explode." A man talks about a friend in high school trying to commit suicide, but that he was unsuccessful and just ended up messing up his brain. A man says, "I hated his guts."
 We see feces on a floor as a man picks it up with his hand (his dog defecated). A man spits into a cup (we understand that he is using chewing tobacco) in a few scenes and we hear squishing and sloshing while we see a bit of drool on his beard. A reference is made to "Getting heroin injected into your [anatomical term deleted]." A man brushes his teeth and spits in a sink (we see spittle). A dog enters a room where a man is sleeping and wakes him by slobbering on his face; the man pushes the dog away.

PROFANITY 7 - About 22 F-words, 7 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (jock, weird thing, chicken head, whore, dweeb, unpleasant, nerdy, compulsively flirtatious, idiot, patronizing, regular guy, grotesque), exclamations (shut-up), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, My God, Oh My God, Oh My Gosh, I Swear To God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man says, "You can snort cocaine off your hand," a references is made to "getting heroin injected," and a man asks another man about his heroin addiction. Many people are shown drinking alcohol in a bar scene, there are a few conversations about the AA and other self-help programs, a man talks about drinking heavily, a man opens a beer (we do not see him drink), and two men and two women drink wine and beer in a few scenes. Two men smoke cigarettes at a restaurant and we see many butts in an ashtray, a man smokes a cigarette in a car, two men smoke cigarettes in a car in several scenes, a man has a tin of chewing tobacco, a man smokes in another man's house, a man puts chewing tobacco in his mouth and runs to the bathroom to wash it out, and two men smoke in a man's house.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Success, ambition, goals, jealousy, fame, celebrity, pornography, virtual reality, self-consciousness, egos, commercial choices, weakness, fear, depression, suicide, wanting people to admire you, ambition, suicide watch, jealousy, loneliness, sadness, stupidity, writing, fear of appearing to be a fraud, self-doubt.

MESSAGE - Life is an illusion.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P7 - MPAAR

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