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The English Teacher [2013] [R] - 6.4.6



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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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When a high school English teacher (Julianne Moore) becomes involved with a former student, her world quickly spirals out of control. Also with Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Jessica Hecht, Lily Collins and Nathan Lane. Directed by Craig Zisk. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman hugs a young man to comfort him and rubs his back; the young man stands up, kisses the woman passionately and the woman pulls away and they then continue to kiss passionately as the young man leans the woman down on her desk; we hear sexual moaning and see the young man thrusting above her, and her underwear is seen around her ankles as they have sex.
 A teen girl sits on a bed next to a bed with a teen boy and another teen girl kissing passionately on top of each other; the boy rubs the girl's breast as they kiss and the other girl acts disgusted and puts a blanket over her head. A female teacher walks in on a young man (a former student) and teen girl (a current student) kissing passionately; the woman shouts at the young man and teen girl, chiding both of them. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss in a crowded hallway. A woman watches a movie where a man kisses a woman passionately. A female teacher watches as a young man has his hands on a teen girl's waist, and then pulls back her hair. A man and a woman hug on two occasions.
 A young man tells a woman (a teacher) crudely that she is jealous that they had sex previously and now he is interested in a teen girl; the woman is upset and shoves the young man (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and we later see a teen girl play the recorded video for a man and a woman (principal), who fires the woman on the spot. A teen boy shouts crudely at a woman (a teacher) as she walks past. A woman imagines a series of crude words surrounding a man's head as she speaks to him about having slept with a young man (the man's son). A male teacher teases a female teacher, saying that he cannot walk "three feet" without hearing about her and a young man "doing it.'' A woman (a teacher) tells another woman and a man (they are principals) that she had caught a teen girl "messing around" with a young man; the man angrily says that the teen girl should be protected from the young man. A man (a principal) shouts at several teenagers saying that a teen girl had been "fooling around" with a young man; the teen girl defends herself, saying that a woman (a teacher) was just jealous because the young man is no longer paying attention to her. A woman tells a man that she had slept with a young man, who is the man's son and her former student; the man shouts at the woman, asking if she frequently sleeps with former students. A female voiceover discusses the woman's internal struggle with guilt after having had sex with a young man (her former student). A woman discusses with a young man (her former student) in very vague references about how they had previously had sex and should not have sex again, but continually refers to it as "not being a mistake." A female teacher chides a teen girl (a student), saying that she has noticed that she is being used for her body and that a young man is attracted to her only for physical reasons. Teenagers look at a woman (a teacher) disapprovingly after they presumably saw a video of her and a young man discussing how they had sex previously. A woman (a teacher) overhears a teen girl (currently a student) and a young man (formerly a student) giggling when she calls the young man and the woman is obviously jealous. We hear a man's last name purposely mispronounced as a term for male genitalia on multiple occasions.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman storms away from a young man, who chases her and she sprays him in the face with pepper spray (he screams in pain); the woman drives away and rubs her eyes, she yelps in pain, crashes into a fire hydrant causing the airbag to deploy and we see her wake up in a hospital bed with a small bandage on her forehead; a doctor examines her, saying that he had heard she was in a car accident and he pulls back the bandage from her forehead (we see blood on the bandage).
 A woman sprays a young man in the face with mace and he screams in pain; the woman continues to spray him and he shouts until the woman realizes that she knows him and offers to take him to the hospital; he declines and she gives him a ride home, pouring water over his eyes. A woman angrily shoves a young man and they part ways angrily; a teen boy emerges from behind a car where he was hiding and holds a cell phone he had used to record the incident.
 A young man clutches his stomach in pain, doubled over; he is obviously stressed because his father shouts at him and a woman and then storms away. A young man slams a door in a woman's face.
 We see a teen boy appear on stage wearing stage makeup (blood is covering half his face) and he tells a man that it is for his "big suicide ending"; he holds a fake gun and pantomimes shooting himself in the head.
 A man raises his voice to another man and a woman; the woman and another man then shout at the first man. A woman accuses a man of being an alcoholic jerk taking revenge for his dead wife on his son; the man corrects the woman, saying that she has not been told the truth and that the man's wife is not dead and he does not drink. A woman angrily shouts at an unseen man over the phone, and then slams the phone down. A man shouts angrily at a woman, a young man (his son) and a group of teenagers and the young man storms away. A man raises his voice to a woman and the woman shouts back. A teen girl shouts in another teen girl's face as they practice a part in a play. A young man tells a woman (his former teacher) dramatically that he would rather "kill himself" than change a play; the woman shouts at him, saying that he cannot "kill himself" and he needs to challenge himself instead but the young man shouts angrily at the woman and storms away.
 A young man tells a woman that the idea of writing makes him "physically ill." A man tells another man and a woman dramatically that he would "curl into a ball and die" if he had to perform a play. A young man tells a woman that he cannot drink coffee because he has an ulcer. A woman listens to a man calling her repeatedly and leaving her voicemails, including that the man had a "nervous breakdown"; we later hear a woman tell another woman that the man had a stress breakdown and had to be hospitalized. We hear a reference to the end of a young man's play as a teen girl committing suicide by hanging and her father shooting himself on multiple occasions, including the young man being asked to write a new ending that does not involve dying. A man angrily tells another man that they had agreed to cut a suicide ending from a play as a young man shouts indignantly. A man tells another man and a woman that the end of a play is a teen girl hanging herself and her father "blowing his freaking brains out." A woman tearfully chides another woman and the woman is upset, saying the first woman had "fired her." A female teacher asks a group of students to discuss how a story had involved decapitation.
 A young man storms away and is obviously upset. A woman stumbles as she tries to stand up from a wheelchair to avoid a man and the woman stands up unharmed. A woman stumbles on gravel in a parking lot and helps herself up, unharmed. A teen girl acts disturbed when she sees a man standing outside a bathroom; he knocks and opens the door to talk to a woman inside the bathroom.

PROFANITY 6 - About 13 F-words and its derivatives, 1 not fully enunciated F-word, 10 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 1 implied scatological term, 7 anatomical terms (2 additional anatomical terms are "mouthed"), 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (a joke, lonely old woman, lying old [sexual term deleted], trashy, punks, hypocrite, arrogant, scummy, sleazy, sub-cretin, Gabor and his wife, narcissist, loser, unsupportive, artistic zombie, crazy, smart [anatomical term deleted], daft, fool, Mr. Trite, trite, stupid girl, alpha male, abusive alcoholic jerk), 3 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a teen boy buying what appears to be a baggie of drugs in a crowded high school hallway. A woman shouts at a man telling him that she knows he is an alcoholic and the man denies drinking.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teacher-student relationships, loneliness, disappointment, overcoming depression, divorce, suicide.

MESSAGE - Embracing change can be helpful.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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