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Griff the Invisible [2011] [PG-13] - 4.5.5



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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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When an office worker by day and a self-made superhero by night (Ryan Kwanten) meets the girl of his dreams (Maeve Dermody), they soon realize that his make-believe story of superheroes and her passion for imagination are more important than reality. Also with Marshall Napier. Directed by Leon Ford. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - On three occasions a man and a woman kiss: A man and a woman lie on the ground with the man on top of the woman (both are fully clothed) and they share a lingering kiss. A man and a woman hold hands and kiss. A man awkwardly kisses a woman on the lips. A man watches a man kiss a woman.
 A man teasingly rubs the shoulders of another man -- it appears that he is trying to make an unwanted advance on the other man and we hear the man whisper unintelligible words in his ear; the man seems upset and pulls away. A man moves to kiss a woman and she pulls away (he does not kiss her). A man asks a woman if she would like to "come over" and touches her hand suggestively.
 A man uses a chat program to broadcast that another man and a woman are having an affair. A woman asks her adult daughter if she had "any intimacies" while on a date; the daughter acts disgusted and changes the subject. During a prank call a man teases another man about liking male genitals. A man tells another man that he was on a date. A woman tells her adult daughter that the man the daughter had been on a date with was "adorable."

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Two men corner another man in an alley, one of the men punches him three times and knocks him to the ground, and the second man then kicks the man on the ground in the face and stomach (blood is seen coming from the man's nose and mouth); the second man makes a vague threat against the bleeding man and walks away (we later see the man with dried blood on his nose and mouth).
 We see a man drop from the second story of a building, about to attack a woman standing on the street; a costumed man shoves the attacker to the ground just as he is about to hit the woman, three other men approach the costumed man, about to pounce on him, he tackles two of them, and shoves one against a wall and warns him to get out of his neighborhood.
 We see several men falling to the ground and it is implied that another man is shoving and punching them; we see men falling to the ground from a first-hand perspective and we see a man spin-kick in first-hand perspective, and it appears that a man is about to hit another man in the back of the head with a pipe (the man is unharmed).
 Two men wrestle over a purse they had grabbed from a woman when a man in a costume approaches them and pulls the two men apart; the woman is upset when she sees the costumed man, he attempts to calm her and she cries and drives away.
 A man imagines himself leaping over office cubicles, shoving a man's head into a desk, using a stapler to staple the man's hand (no blood is shown) and then throwing the man into a ceiling tile (we see the man's legs dangling from the ceiling).
 A police car chases a man wearing a costume, the man shouts at the police, and a second police car corners the costumed man; the costumed man attempts to run away, climbing a wall, and he leaps to ladder, slams into a wall, and falls to the ground (we later see him with bloody scrapes on his cheek and forehead and a bloody nose and mouth).
 A man shouts at a woman, and the woman grabs the man by his shirt and pulls him close to her while talking loudly. A man grabs a woman's arm and pushes her gently against a wall; she is not harmed. We see a child shove a smaller child that's standing on a street; the smaller child appears unharmed. A man teases another man, grabs the man's briefcase, and the man freaks out and throws his body over the briefcase.
 A woman seems shocked when she discovers a man with cuts on his face, and asks him what happened; she attempts to wipe off the blood and the man shouts and pushes her hand away. A group of four women run into a man with bloody scrapes on his face and dried blood on his mouth and nose and one woman asks the man if another man had "done that to you."
 A woman falls backwards through a door, the door disappears and the woman hits the ground unharmed. A woman walks directly into a wall and falls over; we see her take notes that she is unable to walk through a wall. A woman falls as she attempts to stand up from table, smashes a cup and saucer on the ground, and tells a man she is unharmed as she gets up. A woman collapses on the ground, grabbing a mannequin and bringing it down on top of her (she is unharmed). A woman gasps and falls off a chair as several other people watch and do not react. A woman walks into a door (she is unharmed). A man falls off a chair and hits the ground (he is unharmed). A man slips and falls into a bathtub; he is unharmed. A man stumbles slightly and runs out of a room.
 A man is startled and shouts when he awakens to find a woman standing in his room. A man runs through a city street and jumps over the hood of a car, waking a man sleeping in the driver's seat. A man gasps and runs out of the room when a security guard turns on a light. A man is surprised and gasps when another man grabs his shoulder. A man is surprised when another man grabs his shoulders for a shoulder rub.
 When a man and a woman kiss we hear light bulbs blowing up and the sound of electricity in the background. A man angrily throws a mannequin to the ground and shoves bookcases over.
 A police officer warns a man that the police had been investigating a man who is "stalking" and "prowling" in the neighborhood. A police officer warns a man that attempting to fight crime while not a police officer is a crime. An older man asks a man if he had been sneaking into an office building, saying that another man is "thinking of pressing charges." A man teases another man that he was getting bullied at his job, similarly to how he had been bullied as a child in school. An older man tells a man that the man is making himself into a target for bullying. A man tells another man that the man's job "keeps him out of trouble." A man says to himself that he had sworn to rid a city of "evil." A man warns another man that he is "not good for his health." A man tells a woman that his life is "too dangerous" for him to have friends. A man warns a woman that she cannot be his friend for her own safety. A woman speaks vaguely about how people would be sad if an unnamed person had died, saying that they could have died from a random cancer. A man describes how another man jumped on the hood of his car. A woman tells a man that drinking water is "putting hydrogen and oxygen into a hole in my face" and that it will merge with her cells until it is "used to pull out waste"; the woman then asks the man if she can use his toilet.
 A woman smiles and shows a mouthful of partially chewed food to a man.

PROFANITY 5 - About 6 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 11 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (Twinkletoes, odd, maestro, weird, freak, immature, dancing monkey), 1 religious profanity, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - On multiple occasions we see men drink beer and several people drink wine at dinner. An older man asks another man if he is "on drugs" and the man adamantly denies being on drugs.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ghosts, parallel universes, superheroes, disappointment, depression, being bullied, atoms, black matter, secrets, magnetic fields, power of suggestion, fourth dimension, delusions, imagination.

MESSAGE - The powers of suggestion and imagination can be very strong.

Special Keywords: S4 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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