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Gone Baby Gone [2007] [R] - 5.7.10



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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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A young girl goes missing when she's left unattended by her alcoholic mother, and the city of Boston becomes outraged. The police chief (Morgan Freeman), whose own daughter had been abducted and murdered several years earlier, leads the investigative team, but the girl's family also hires two young local private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) to get to the truth. They soon discover that nothing is what it seems. Also with Ed Harris, John Ashton and Amy Ryan. Directed by Ben Affleck. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We see the cover of a pornographic magazine (bare breasts are visible). A bare-chested man lies on a bed next to a woman (no sex is shown or implied). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man and a woman are forced to lift their tops (their abdomens are visible, as well as part of the woman's bra).
 A man and woman kiss and lie in bed together to sleep. A man and a woman kiss, and a husband and wife hug.
 A man talks about someone keeping a child in a house in order to have sex with it. A man talks about another man marrying a prostitute. A comment is made about the size of a man's endowment.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is shot in the head and neck three times, he stumbles down stairs and we see a lot of blood and more spurting.
 A man with a gun enters a house, finds a dead man on the floor (he has a bloody bullet wound on his chest), a woman who's in the house fires a gun at the man, he shoots her in the chest, he enters a room where a man is huddled in a corner, and he finds a young boy dead in a bathtub (we see bloody underwear in a sink); the man in the corner repeats, "It was an accident" (it was apparently a sexual assault), and the man with the gun shoots him in the head and blood splatters.
 A man holds a gun on another man, while a third man shoots the gunman twice in the chest (we see blood on his shirt). A man shoots another man in the head.
 We see the bloody hands of a dead man tied with ropes, and his face is also very bloody; he is slumped back after having been shot in the head.
 Four people meet each other at a dark quarry, we hear gunfire, people run in fear, we see one man dead on the ground, a splash is heard and a woman jumps into the water to rescue a young girl who she thinks has fallen in (we see a sweater and a doll floating in the water); she is unable to find the young girl.
 Men in a bar threaten a man and a woman, and the man pulls a gun, strikes one man on the head with it, points it at the others, and along with the woman he backs out of the bar.
 A man with a gun forces a man and a woman to lift their shirts while he's checking for wires.
 A man driving a car nearly hits a boy on a bike, and the boy yells obscenities at the man. A girl is pulled away from the woman who's carrying her and they both resist.
 A police officer yells at a woman who confesses to stealing money. A man yells at a woman and she yells at him. A woman is verbally abusive to another woman in a few scenes and accuses her of being barren.
 We hear that a man was gunned down. A man tells a woman that his 12-year-old daughter was abducted and murdered. We hear that a man was killed. A man talks about someone keeping a child in a house in order to have sex with it. We hear news reports about a boy that's missing. We hear that most child abductions end with the child being murdered. We hear that a child has been abducted and the family pleads for her safe return. A man talks about someone being rolled up in a carpet and shot in the head. A man talks about having been in a bar fight and having been accused of attempted murder. A police officer talks about planting evidence on a man in order to get a conviction. We hear that a child stabbed another child in the chest at school. We hear that a woman left her daughter in a car on a hot summer day and that she literally roasted, although she did not die. A man talks about a woman bringing her young child into a bar on several occasions.

PROFANITY 10 - 121 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 6 sexual references (including a crude reference to prison rape), 17 scatological terms, 18 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 2 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for Caucasians, name-calling (fat, punk, fool, retard, idiot, rat, cocaine head), 2 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man snorts cocaine, a man and a woman snort cocaine and a man smokes marijuana. Two men drink alcohol from a bottle, people drink alcohol in a few bar scenes and people drink beer in several scenes. A man smokes a cigarette and a man smokes a pipe. We hear that a woman is an alcoholic and that she has a cocaine and heroin habit, and a man says that a woman "does blow."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Child abduction, evil, murder, conceit, grief, alcoholism, parenting, child molestation, murder, regret, sin, secrets, corruption.

MESSAGE - Some people should not be parents.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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