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Hearts In Atlantis



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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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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Anthony Hopkins stars as a mysterious man who seems to be running from something or someone and is looking for a quiet place to hide. He arrives in a small town, and quickly befriends a boy whom he hires to read him the daily newspaper since his eyesight is failing. During the reading sessions the man imparts his wisdom to his young friend who discovers some truths about his life. Based on the novel by Stephen King. Also with Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem and David Morse. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man comes into a woman's hotel room and begins forcing himself on her by trying to kiss her and touch her; it is obvious that she is raped (see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young man and woman kiss in a car. A boy kisses a girl twice and they hold each other close, a boy and girl kiss and hug goodbye, and a girl kisses a boy as a birthday wish. A man kisses a woman on the cheek and holds her around the waist. A woman in her slip dances in front of a mirror while trying to choose a dress. A woman wears dresses which expose her shoulders, back and some cleavage. A boy takes off his pants and shirt to swim (he's wearing trunks), another boy is shirtless and a girl is in a swimsuit. A boy whistles at a girl. A man talks about a boys preoccupation with putting on his mother's dresses. There's some sexual innuendo: men make remarks about "don't do anything I wouldn't do, and if you do name it after me," a woman is invited to an out-of-town conference by her boss which leads to uninvited advances, a woman accuses a man of making sexual advances toward a girl, and a man talks about "the first kiss."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man forces himself on a woman and rapes her: we see him in quick-cut scenes throwing her onto a bed, tearing at her clothing while sitting on top of her, hitting her, and we hear her screaming. We see a woman's bruised and battered face, and a girl has a trickle of blood coming from her nose. A boy threatens another boy with a bat, and a boy beats another boy with a bat; the beaten boy is whimpering and runs away. A boy beats a girl with a bat and dislocates her shoulder (we see a shadow of the boy lifting the bat over his head and we then see her bruised and crying). A man puts the girl's dislocated shoulder back in place and she screams in pain while biting down on a belt. A boy pulls a girl's hair and holds her by the arms while another boy touches her chest (he talks about wanting to check for breasts). A woman slaps a man and threatens him when she suspects he has made sexual advances toward a girl. A boy is frightened when he walks through a dark alley and there are men standing in the shadows. A man and boy in a taxi duck down and are fearful as a car full of seemingly menacing men passes by. A man talks about ruthless men who will stop at nothing being after him. A boy is frightened when a man appears to be in some kind of trance. We hear a boxing match on the radio, with reports of how the participants are being pummeled. We see a man's funeral, a man tells a man that a woman is dead, and a young woman tells a man that her mother is dead. There are several references to a man being prone to flatulence. There are several scenes filled with foreboding and threat.

PROFANITY 4 - 4 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 4 religious exclamations, 5 derogatory terms used for homosexuals. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The death of a father, friendship, forgiveness, betrayal, naïveté, bullies, communism, miracles, President Richard Nixon, psychics, gambling.

MESSAGE - Hold onto the happiness of youth as long as you can, but be prepared to welcome the future.

(Note: There are discussions about a man having psychic abilities and that he doesn't touch people because he can see what goes on in their minds.)

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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