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Foxcatcher [2014] [R] - 3.4.3



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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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Based on the true story of John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) and his involvement with Mark and David Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), Olympic gold medalists in wresting. Also with Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall, Guy Boyd and Brett Rice. Directed by Bennett Miller. [2:14]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Several men are shown wearing underwear while standing in line to be weighed in at a wrestling event; when the men step onto the scale, they drop their underwear and we see a few of them fully nude from the back (bare backs, buttocks and legs are seen). Women carrying round cards at a wrestling match are shown wearing bikini-type outfits that reveal cleavage, bare sides and abdomens and legs to the hips. Men's bare shoulders and sides are shown in several scenes when they are shown dressed in wrestling garb and singlets. A man in bed is shown wearing sweatpants and he is bare-chested. A man is shown wearing boxers and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A young boy is shown wearing underpants (his bare chest, abdomen, back and legs are seen). Two wrestlers are shown wearing shorts only during a match and their bare chests, backs, abdomens and legs are seen.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man in a car with a handgun, points the weapon at a man outside the car then shoots him; the man falls to the ground and moans while trying to crawl away and the shooter shoots the man twice more (we see bloody bullet holes in the back of his jacket and he stops moving; the man's wife calls for help and runs to his side and we see blood on her hands and the dead man's face).
 Armed police officers follow a man to a remote area where they order him to drop his weapon, they tackle him to the ground and handcuff him. A man carrying a handgun enters a gym where wrestlers are working out and fires the gun into the ceiling (no one is harmed but they are alarmed).
 A wrestling match shows one combatant being pounded repeatedly and we see his very bloody face. We see a wrestling match on TV that shows a man being knocked to the mat and his opponent pounds his elbow into the man's face repeatedly (we see some blood). A man throws things around his hotel room and slams his head into a mirror shattering the glass (we see shrapnel stuck to his forehead and bloody cuts). A man looks at his face in a mirror and the pokes his cheek repeatedly (we see that he has a bruised cheek later). A man slaps another man in the face and calls him names. A man slaps another man in the face twice.
 A man stumbles and falls on the floor; other men around him think that he has had too much to drink and try to help him up when he grabs the leg of one of the men and pulls him down in a wrestling maneuver; then does a similar move on another man (no one is harmed). Two men warm up on the wrestling mat, throwing and flipping each other; one appears to be getting angry and his moves become more aggressive, ultimately head-butting the other man (we see that his nose is bloodied and he wipes blood on his T-shirt then snorts and spits). A wrestler works out with a dummy, throwing and flipping it to the mat repeatedly. After a wrestling match, we see a man paying the opponent of a man who won the match (suggesting that it was fixed).
 We hear that a woman died (she was elderly and sickly). A man yells at another man. Two men walk through Valley Forge and one talks about 3,000 men dying there; he says, "They gave up their lives for freedom." A man talks about the Russians and their support of their athletes. We hear that a man's family made their fortune on munitions and military contracts. A man tells another man that he found out that his mother had been paying a boy to be his friend. While working out a man drops the weights he is using loudly when he becomes frustrated by a man talking to him.
 We see that several men have damaged cartilage on their ears from years of wrestling. We see footage of people on horseback with dogs around them preparing for a fox hunt; we later see a fox running (we do not see any violence befall the fox).
 A man gorges on food and then falls asleep. A man urinates in a toilet and we hear the trickles; a portrait of a woman hangs beside him and he glances toward her a couple of times. A man puts his finger down his throat to make himself vomit and we see vomit and hear him gagging.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 scatological term, name-calling (stupid, silly, ridiculous, low sport, ungrateful ape). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man snorts cocaine and gives some to another man telling him that it won't kill him to try some and he does, and a man snorts cocaine off a mirror. Men drink champagne and as one man pours the beverage he says that they should all get very drunk, a man drinks a beer and another empty bottle is shown next to him, a man drinks alcohol, and a man drinks from a glass of alcohol.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Brothers, dependence, wealth, disappointment, commitment, ornithology, jealousy, obsessions, pride, friendship, delusions, hope, life lessons, role models, divorce.

MESSAGE - Wealth can drive people to strange behavior and horrible acts.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P3 - MPAAR

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