Heights [2004] [R] - 7.4.6

 
 

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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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Ensemble drama that follows the lives of several New Yorkers over 24 hours, as they cross paths with each other: A photographer who shoots weddings is having second thoughts about her impending nuptials to a lawyer, a famous actress finds out her husband has a new lover and begins to rethink their relationship, and a young actor and a writer are on the cusp of their big break. With Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Jesse Bradford, John Light and George Segal. Directed by Chris Terrio. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We see photographs of fully nude men in several scenes (revealing their genitals). A man wears a towel wrapped around his waist and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A man is bare-chested while dressing and a woman wears a bra and panties while dressing. A woman's dress is low cut revealing cleavage.
 A man walks into a club where a bare-chested man watches a man and a woman kiss passionately; other people gather around a bar and watch a man and a woman in silhouette kissing passionately and caressing each other.
 A man and a woman argue, he shoves her against a wall, they kiss passionately, and they pull at each other's clothing, but they are interrupted by a telephone call.
 Two men kiss tenderly and they are seen by the fiancée of one of them. A man and a woman hug, and a man kisses a woman's hand.
 A woman walks in on her husband and another woman and they're sitting close together, talking in hushed tones and laughing (it is suggested that they are having an affair).
 A woman admires a younger man, and when she is told that he is gay she says that her husband is having an affair with another woman. A woman says of a man: "He was sleeping with my boyfriend." A woman says, "I think my mom slept with him." A man tells another man, "You have to sleep with her." A man says of a man, "I slept with him once, maybe twice." A woman asks her fiancé if he slept with a man. A man talks about a woman having kissed a man who was not her husband.
 A line from a play is performed as "...plucked my nipple from his boneless gums." A man is assigned to write a piece on "artists influenced by their lovers." An actress onstage says, "unsex me here." An actor auditioning for a role asks, "Is the character gay?" A man talks about a woman being attractive.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man grabs a woman's bag on a subway platform, and another man grabs the thief, who then stabs him in the stomach (we see the man with a bloody spot on his sweater).
 A man and a woman argue, and he shoves her against a wall (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A woman forces her way into an emergency room and a nurse threatens to call security. A man kicks a door down.
 A line from a play is performed as "...dashed the brains out," referring to murdering a child. We see photos of children with what look like large tattoos on their stomachs.

PROFANITY 6 - 15 F-words, 3 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a few party scenes, and people are shown drinking alcohol in a bar. A man talks about having had a "bottle of wine and a bag of pot." A couple of men smoke a cigarette, and a man and a woman smoke cigarettes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Passion, lack of passion, homosexuality, bisexuality, illicit love affairs, desire, Shakespeare, religious differences, interfaith relationships, marriage, surrealism, stress of planning a wedding, terrorists, revenge, Communism.

MESSAGE - Take chances and find the passion in life.

Special Keywords: S7 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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