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The Good German [2006] [R] - 8.6.7



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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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Set in Berlin in 1945, on the Eve of the Potsdam Peace Conference, when uncertainty, fear and betrayal ruled the day: George Clooney stars as a U.S. war correspondent and Cate Blanchett as a Jewish German who somehow has managed to keep herself out of the Nazi concentration camps but is desperate to leave Germany. Also with Tobey Maguire, Robin Weigert and Dave Power. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A woman is attacked and raped by a man (we see the man thrusting on top of her; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman lies on a bed on her stomach and a man thrusts into her from behind (we see him thrusting for an extended period of time).
 A woman wearing only skimpy bottoms dances on a stage with a large feather fan in front of her breasts, and when she turns around at one point her bare breasts are shown.
 A woman invites a man to her apartment, she removes her dress (we see her in bra, panties and stockings that reveal cleavage, part of her bare buttock and thighs), and she lies on a bed and asks him to join her; he does not. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage.
 A man and a woman talk about sex and what another of her partners liked, he tells her to take off his clothes, she begins to but he stops her, they kiss and the scene ends (it is unclear whether they have sex or not).
 A man and a woman kiss.
 A man asks another man if he wants an hour with his girlfriend (implying a sexual encounter). Although it is not really clear it is implied that a woman has become a prostitute when a man with whom she has just had sex asks her if she likes her job.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman is attacked and raped by a man: we see the man thrusting on top of her, and she pulls a gun from his belt and shoots him; we see him fall limp on top of her.
 A man breaks into a woman's apartment, he is attacked by another man inside the apartment, they struggle and fight, one ends up with a very bloody wound on his ear and the other stumbles out of the building.
 Two men fight with punches and shoving, a woman is shot as she runs away (we see a bloody bullet hole in her coat shoulder), and a man is grazed by debris from a gunshot.
 A man is struck by another man with a brick, and a man runs through a dense crowd followed by another man who catches and stabs him (we see the dead body on the ground with a puddle of blood under him).
 A man shoves a woman, another man grabs him, and the first man knocks the second man to the ground and strikes him repeatedly with a nightstick (we see blood on the man's face and he writhes on the ground).
 A man is punched and kicked repeatedly, his head is pressed into a sink filled with water while he is being questioned, and his arm is twisted behind him until it breaks and we hear him scream and moan.
 A dead man is pulled out of a river (we see his pale, blue-tinged face and a bloody bullet hole in his back).
 A man is struck hard with the butt of a gun and he falls to the ground. A man punches a woman in the stomach, and she falls to the floor gasping.
 A horse drawn cart appears to be carrying dead bodies through a street. There are many scenes that depict the bombed out cities and war rubble.
 There are a few references to work camps and concentration camps (we hear that over 30,000 people were killed in one camp). We hear a discussion about human medical testing. We hear a confession by a character that provided the Gestapo information about 12 people, which led to their capture. A man makes an insulting remark about Russians being "Godless people." There are references to people suffering because of a lack of food due to a war.
 A woman holds a gun to a man's stomach. A man becomes angry when a woman seems to be demeaning him (he yells and gets in her face).
 A man who has apparently suffered an injury to his legs pushes himself along on a wheeled cart using his hands.

PROFANITY 7 - 22 F-words, 8 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, patsy, buffoon), 2 derogatory terms for Jewish people. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol in many scenes. Men smoke cigarettes in many other scenes, and a woman smokes cigarettes in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Nazis, anti-Semitism, war, control, power, opportunity, survival, getting by, love, sacrifice, destiny, future, prostitution, suffering, black-market economy, victory, peace, good deeds, war crimes, revenge.

MESSAGE - The desire to survive can drive people to extremes. Your past will always be with you.

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