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Frozen River [2008] [R] - 4.4.5



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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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Desperate to try to make enough money to buy a trailer home for herself and her two sons after their father abandons them, a woman (Melissa Leo) begins helping a young Native American woman (Misty Upham) who smuggles illegal immigrants across the Canadian/U.S. border. Also with Nancy Wu, Michael O'Keefe, Charlie McDermott, Mark Boone and Jay Klaitz. Directed by Courtney Hunt. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman in a skimpy outfit that reveals cleavage dances around a pole in an exotic dance club. A young woman wears a short top and low-cut pants that reveal her bare back to the hip. While she is dressing we see a woman wearing a bra and panties in one scene and a bra and pants in another.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman is shot at (she has blood on the side of her head. A woman shoots a gun into a trailer door, creating a hole (there is someone inside but she is not struck).
 Two women fight, and one is struck on the head and has a bloody spot. A woman holds a gun on another woman and tells her that her husband is dead and that his family will not allow her to have their young son. A woman holds a gun on another woman who she thinks had stolen her car. During an argument a teenage boy threatens his mother with a lit torch.
 Two women find a bag that has been left outside in the cold and a baby is inside: it is motionless but it turns out to be alive.
 The police chase a car, which is driven onto ice, the ice begins to break, but the car is stopped and the occupants get out and run.
 A large dog barks viciously at two women in a car and tries to jump on the hood. A woman runs through dark woods trying to escape police. A woman is frightened when the police stop her.
 A woman drives her car back and forth across a frozen river several times. We see several groups of people climbing into the trunk of a car and the lid being closed on them (we see them coming out unharmed later).
 We hear that a woman shot her husband in the foot. A teenage boy and his mother argue. We hear about people being smuggled over the U.S. border and forced to work to pay off debts.
 A boy tries to heat frozen water pipes using a torch and a fire starts; he puts it out but there is damage.

PROFANITY 5 - 6 F-words, 8 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling, 2 religious profanities. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman smokes in several scenes. A woman talks about someone who "sells pot to kids."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hope, aspirations, poverty, single parenting, abandonment, desperation, doing the right thing, death of a spouse, forced separation from children, Tribal Law, betrayal, gambling addiction.

MESSAGE - Desperate times can lead people to do things they wouldn't ordinarily do.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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