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Hello, I Must Be Going [2012] [R] - 7.3.9



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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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Battling depression, a recently divorced woman (Melanie Lynskey) moves in with her parents, but soon she feels a new passion for life after starting a relationship with a younger man (Christopher Abbott). Also with Blythe Danner, John Rubinstein and Julie White. Directed by Todd Louiso. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We see a young man and a woman having sex in the backseat of a car: the young man thrusts on top of the woman (we see his bare chest and the woman is wearing a shirt) and they kiss passionately.
 A young man and a woman hold hands in the front seat of a car and they kiss passionately and we then see the woman on top of the young man with a portion of his bare back visible as the woman straddles his lap (sex is implied); we hear moaning and kissing sounds. A young man and a woman kiss passionately, they lie down on a sofa and the young man moves downward, implying that he is performing oral sex on the woman (no nudity is visible) until the woman's parents, adult brother and sister-in-law and the young man's parents, walk in and the woman gasps. A young man and a woman are seen in the front seat of a car and it appears that the young man is manually stimulating the woman as he tells her that he wants to see her climax.
 Previous sex is implied after we see a shirtless young man and a woman (covered by sheets) lying in bed together. A young man and a woman kiss passionately in a hallway, the woman pulls away and asks to go somewhere "more private." A young man goes to kiss a woman and she pulls away, but they start kissing passionately a moment later. A man grabs a woman's face, kisses her and the woman pulls away. A young man and a woman hug.
 A woman and a young man strip off their clothing (we see their bare backs and buttocks as they jump into a pool), we see them swimming and hugging one another (no nudity is visible), and the woman gets out of the pool, covering her bare breasts (we see her from the waist-up) but is embarrassed when an older woman (the young man's mother) sees her. A woman pulls of her shirt and we see her bare back and bra strap. We briefly see the lower back/upper buttocks of a man bending over when his pants fall down slightly.
 A young man tells a woman that he had to take off all of his clothing for a play, and that he was embarrassed when his mother had brought her friends and sat in the front row. A woman makes a crude remark to her older mother about a clown sexually relieving himself on a person's face (it is a garbled euphemism). A young man tells a woman that he had been "with" (implying sex) older women, including his married tutor. A woman jokes to another woman, after showing the woman her pregnant belly, that she tells her husband "Get off me!" A young man tells a woman that he is afraid to tell his mother that he is not gay because she likes the idea of him being gay so much. An older woman tells a woman that she wants "intimacy" for her son, saying, "Even if it is with a big, hairy man." An older woman tells a woman that her son had been having an affair through the summer with another man. A woman tells a young man that her husband had an affair with one of her friends.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman begins choking on her food as she eats with her two older parents; she gasps and holds her throat, her father performs the Heimlich maneuver on her and we hear the food pop out of her mouth (we do not see the chewed-up food) and she is unharmed.
 A woman throws a rock through an open window, accidentally hitting an older woman in the stomach and the older woman is unharmed, but later jokingly holds her stomach in mock pain.
 A woman falls on her face on a beach filled with rocks and she shouts in anger and frustration (she is unharmed). We hear a thump and a crash as a woman knocks over a sculpture and an older woman (the woman's mother) races down the stairs and shouts at the woman (who is unharmed) for breaking a glass sculpture. An older woman gasps as her adult daughter collapses on the ground; we previously saw her covered in sweat walking down a street and it is implied that she passed out from heat exhaustion (we later see the woman recovering with an ice pack).
 A woman shouts angrily at a young man. An older woman cries and slams a bracelet against a desk in anger. A woman dramatically tells a table of people that she would have "killed herself" after her divorce. A woman jokingly tells a young man that she will "kill herself" if he gets a girlfriend. A man dramatically tells his adult sister that he is "suffocating" from their father's presence in their office. A man jokes with a woman, saying he cannot eat tuna for every meal or he will "turn into a thermometer." A woman jokes that she is "so proud" of her son that it "gives her Tourette's."
 A woman vomits in the backseat of a car; we hear the sound of vomit but do not see the vomit and an older woman leaps out of the car in disgust. We hear a woman spit as she brushes her teeth (no spittle is seen).

PROFANITY 9 - About 44 F-words and its derivatives, 7 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, name-calling (crazy person, uneducated, coward, pathetic, idiot, so incredibly selfish, the family dog), 17 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young man and a woman smoke a marijuana cigarette and the young man acts intoxicated and tells the woman that he no longer wants to smoke marijuana, a woman remarks that she used to have to smoke an excessive amount of marijuana to get "stoned," an older woman advises her adult daughter that another woman is taking antidepressants, and a woman jokes with a young man that they are going to "smoke opium." Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking alcohol, a woman is shown drinking liquor rapidly and to the point of drunkenness causing her to act intoxicated, we see a woman vomiting from drunkenness, a woman's mother asks her accusingly if she is drunk, and a woman asks another woman out for drinks and jokes that they like to "get drunk!"

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, depression, finding oneself, loneliness, finding self-worth, familial ties.

MESSAGE - Divorces can be very difficult.

Special Keywords: S7 - V3 - P9 - MPAAR

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