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Fifty Shades Darker [2017] [R] - 10.4.5

 
 

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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

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The follow-up to the steamy romance between a wealthy man (Jamie Dornan) with a dark past and a woman (Dakota Johnson) trying to figure out the pieces to the puzzle of his heart. Also with Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, Bruce Altman, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden. Directed by James Foley. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 10 - A man and a woman kiss, he carries her to the bedroom, takes off her blouse, pants and panties (we see cleavage, bare abdomen, back and buttock from the side) and presses his head between her legs as she moans; he takes off his shirt and thrusts on top of her (we see his bare chest side and upper buttocks) and we see them lying in bed partially covered by sheets later. A man and a woman kiss passionately, he removes her dress (we see her panties, bare buttocks, breasts, abdomen and legs), ties her hands behind her back, presses her onto a bed on her stomach and spanks her bare buttocks several times (she whimpers); he removes metallic balls that had been inserted into her vagina and turns her on her back where he thrusts and she moans. A woman asks a man how a restraint is used and he carries her over his shoulder with it to a bedroom where he takes off her panties (we see her bare buttocks and legs from the side) fastens two cuffs on her ankles separated by a bar that he expands to spread her legs apart, kisses up her thighs and her chest, presses his head between her legs while caressing her clothed breast, flips her over on her hands and knees and thrusts into her from behind (we see his bare buttocks). A clothed man and woman kiss in a shower, they move to a room where he puts a blindfold on her and restrains her with cuffs on her wrists, he pours oil on her chest and rubs it over her bare breasts, turns her on her side and thrusts (we see her bare breasts, hip, side and legs and his bare chest, abdomen and buttocks); he flips her on her back and thrusts on top of her.
 A man and a woman lie in bed together and we see her bare breasts when he moves between her legs and performs oral sex on her. A man touches up the bare legs of a woman and between her legs under her skirt while on a crowded elevator and she moans and bites the corner of her purse. A man is shown in a shower (his chest is seen), a woman joins him (we see her breasts) and washes a line of lipstick off his chest and abdomen (we see a close-up of his bare chest and abdomen).
 A woman leans over and a man presses two metal balls on a string into her genitals (we see her bare buttock from the side and he squats down and puts her hand between her legs as she reacts). A woman removes her panties under the table at a restaurant and hands them to the man seated on the other side of the table. A woman gets out of bed where a man is sleeping (we see her bare breasts, abdomen and legs and his bare chest and abdomen).
 A man and a woman kiss outside an apartment building and the man pushes the woman against a wall and kisses her neck. A man and woman kiss passionately and she straddles him while sitting on the floor. A man and woman kiss in several scenes. A man asks a woman to marry him and they kiss. A man and a woman are shown sleeping in a bed together in a few scenes.
 A woman is shown wearing a bustier, panties, garter belts and stockings that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, bare lower buttocks and upper thighs. A man gets out of bed fully nude and we see his bare back, buttocks, chest and abdomen to the hips (no genitals). A woman is shown wearing a short skirt that shows her tight-covered legs to the upper thighs. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders in several scenes. A woman is shown wearing a camisole and panties that reveal cleavage, the outline of her nipples, bare legs to the hip and lower buttocks. A man is shown shirtless while exercising and we see his bare chest, abdomen to the hip and back to the upper buttocks.
 A woman goes into a room where we see a bed and walls covered with sexual implements; a man enters the room and demonstrates how a nipple clamp is used (on her finger) and she says, "Ouch." A man and a woman are seen on a video call and they are wearing swimsuits on a beach (we see his bare chest and her cleavage and shoulders with the straps of her swimsuit top showing); the man rolls on top of the woman to kiss her as the call ends. A woman caresses a man's arm and leans in front of him suggestively. A man and an older woman hug. A man instructs a woman to draw a line with lipstick around his upper chest and abdomen to demarcate his boundaries (where he cannot be touched). Men and women dance together at a masquerade ball.
 A man tells a woman that she is not committed to her job and he stands close to her making sexually suggestive remarks; when she tries to leave, he holds the door closed and she twists his arm and knees him in the groin. A man watches a woman as she walks away in an office (he is her boss).
 A woman tells a man, "You were getting off on the pain inflicted." A woman is described as having "seduced and abused" a man. A man says to a woman, "I don't know whether to worship at your feet or spank you," and she says, "I'll take the second option."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young woman stands in an apartment with another woman, and she pulls out a pistol and shoots the wall behind the woman while crying; a man enters the room and the young woman points the gun at him, he takes it away from her and tells her to kneel on the floor, which she does, and he pets her head.
 We hear a man yelling and hear blows landing, presumably on a woman whom we hear crying as a young boy runs into a room and hides under a bed; the man from the other room enters carrying a lit cigarette and pulls the boy out from under the bed (we understand that the woman was being beaten and the child was being abused).
 A helicopter blows its engine and we see flames and thick smoke coming from the back as it loses altitude and plunges toward the ground; the scene changes to news reports of a missing helicopter and people grieving over a missing man who was in the vehicle (we see the man later with a bit of blood on his head, but otherwise fine).
 A man tells a woman that she is not committed to her job and he stands close to her making sexually suggestive remarks; when she tries to leave, he holds the door closed and she twists his arm and knees him in the groin. A woman slaps another woman in the face and tells her to leave her house. Two women argue and one throws a cocktail on the other's face. A man burns a hole through the face of another man in a photograph.
 A man has nightmares in a few scenes and he thrashes and yells, "No!" A woman wakes up in a start and sees another woman standing in the room where she was sleeping with a man (she thinks that she imagined it). A woman is startled when she sees a man at an art exhibition. A young woman with a bandage on her wrist and looking ill is shown following and watching another woman in a few scenes.
 We see a woman dead on a floor with a young boy covering her with a blanket as we hear a man describe that his mother died from an overdose when he was young and that they didn't find her body for three days.
 A man yells at a woman and pleads with her not to leave him; he kneels on the floor in front of her. A woman yells at another woman and storms out of the room. A man and a woman argue by text about her going to New York with her boss. A man and a woman argue about him buying the company that she works for. A woman tells a man, "You were getting off on the pain inflicted." A man tells a woman, "I don't like strangers gawking at you." A man tells a woman, "My birth mother died when I was four; she was a crack addict." After a man confronts another man in an office setting, he tells a woman, "He wants what's mine," meaning her. We hear that a young woman's husband died in a car crash and that she had a breakdown and tried to commit suicide by slitting her wrists. A woman says that a man was expelled from school for brawling. A man says, "I'll kill him," about another man making a pass at his girlfriend. A young woman refers to a man as "master." A man describes getting pleasure out of punishing women.
 A man is shown with cigarette burn scars on his chest and back.

PROFANITY 5 - About 6 F-words, 7 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (twit, silly, kinky, sub, insane, spoil sport, weird, mousy), 1 religious profanity (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus Christ, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a woman was a crack addict. We see two cocktails in the sand on a beach where a man and a woman are sunbathing (we do not see them drink), men and woman hold glasses of wine and drink at an art exhibition, a man orders a bottle of wine at a restaurant and pours two glasses (we do not see anyone drink), men and woman are shown with glasses of beer on tables in front of them in a bar scene (we do not see them drink), men and women drink beer in a bar, a man and a woman drink wine at a restaurant, men and women drink martinis and wine at a party, and glasses of champagne are seen on trays at a masquerade ball and some people are seen drinking. A man holds a lit cigarette in his hand as he pulls a young boy out from under a bed (it is implied that the man burns the boy with the cigarette), and a man smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Spousal abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, sadism, wealth, love, sex, jealousy, ownership of people, submissive partners, suicide, mental breakdowns, adoption, negotiating terms of relationships.

MESSAGE - Relationships are difficult.

Special Keywords: S10 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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