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Flash of Genius [2008] [PG-13] - 1.5.5



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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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Greg Kinnear stars as an engineer, inventor and college professor who goes toe-to-toe in court with the Ford Motor Company over their infringement on his patents for the intermittent windshield wiper. Based on a true story. Also with Lauren Graham, Jake Abel, Bill Smitrovich, Aaron Abrams, Dermot Mulroney and Tim Kelleher. Directed by Marc Abraham. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - We see a woman in a nightgown (cleavage is revealed and we can see the outline of her legs through the fabric), and she and her husband kiss; she seems to want him to come to bed, but he goes to work instead. A husband and wife kiss.
 Men and woman dance together at parties.
 Women at a car show wear revealing outfits (cleavage, bare shoulders and bare legs are shown). Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We briefly see a decapitated head in a helmet on a lab table (blood and tissue and bone is visible at the neck).
 A man is depressed and we see him in a mental institution and talking to doctors about his condition.
 A man steals something from a man's car, runs to his car, the man chases him on foot, throws his drinking glass at the car, and the man gets away.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 5 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (insane), 3 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in a bar scene, people drink alcohol at a party, people drink alcohol in several dinner scenes, and a man drinks a beer. People smoke cigarettes in several scenes throughout the movie. A man takes prescription medications in a couple of scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ethics, corporate ethics, corporate greed, family, less is more, patents, failure, success, luck, timing, stress, lying, separation of family, divorce, desperation, giving up, justice, mental breakdown.

MESSAGE - Ethics should win out over money. The definition of success is different for different people.

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