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The Hollars [2016] [PG-13] - 2.3.5



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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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A family comes together when they find out that the matriarch has fallen ill and they each undergo a transformation during her diagnosis and treatment. With Margo Martindale, Sharlto Copley, Richard Jenkins, John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick and Randall Park. Directed by John Krasinski. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A married woman pushes a man against a book case and kisses him; he pushes her away and tells her to stop since her husband is in the next room. A husband and his wife hug and kiss. A man and a woman snuggle in bed and are shown sleeping later (no sex suggested).
 A man confronts another man about having been his wife's ex-boyfriend and whether he is going to try anything with her. A man tells his girlfriend that his ex-girlfriend kissed him.
 A man stands shirtless in a bathroom doorway and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage and the top of her bra. A man urinates into a plastic pitcher in a kitchen while wearing boxers (we see his bare back). A man is shown wearing boxer shorts and a woman's robe (part of his bare chest and abdomen are seen).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man tells his adult son, "I will punch you in the face," and then slaps him hard across the face; the son then slaps the father and they slap each other's hands briefly. A woman slaps a man in the face. A man is shown being arrested and placed in handcuffs at his ex-wife's home.
 Medical staff rushes into an ICU room and tells a man that he must leave when a woman's monitors sound. A woman is shown lying on a bathroom floor after collapsing and we see a hot curling iron pressed against her wrist (burned and reddened skin is shown) and she complains that she cannot move. A man shaves his mother's head before brain surgery. A woman prepared for surgery in an operating room is shown with drapes around her head and chest and marker lines on her shaved scalp. A woman moans and cringes in pain when she goes into labor.
 A man runs through a hospital pushing a woman in a wheelchair, and then speeds away in a car as a man tries to stop them on foot (they get away). A man swings on a tire swing over a body of water and the rope breaks; the man is shown drenched after falling into the water (he is unharmed). A pregnant woman in labor is driven to the hospital in a hearse.
 A doctor tells a woman that she has a pretty big tumor in her brain and that it has probably been growing over the past 10-15 years. A woman yells at her adult son about wanting to use the bathroom. A woman tells a man that his mother had a seizure and that the doctors think that she might have a tumor. A man tells his brother, "I'm gonna kill you." A man tells another man to stop staring at his ex-wife with his binoculars. A doctor says that a woman is borderline diabetic and yells at her adult son for bringing her ice cream and pretzels. A young girl tells her grandmother, "I don't want you to die." A man makes several racist remarks when he thinks a doctor is Chinese (he is Taiwanese/Laotian). A woman yells and cries that she "doesn't want to do this" as she is prepped for surgery.
 Mourners are gathered at a graveside funeral and a man speaks tearfully about the deceased. A man parks outside his ex-wife's house and watches her using binoculars.
 A man urinates into a pitcher in a kitchen and we hear the trickle as it splashes on the plastic.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 8 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (bastard, creepy, insensitive, stupid, child, ridiculous), exclamations (oh my goodness), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus, God, Jesus Christ, Oh Christ, Christ, I Swear To God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink beer with a meal, a man is shown sticking shelves in a liquor store, and a man buys beer in a liquor store. A man smokes a cigarette outside a taxi, a man smokes a cigarette while driving, and people give a man a hard time about smoking.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Illness, divorce, commitment, regret, failure, bankruptcy, death of a parent/loved one, life choices, mistakes, secrets, disappointment.

MESSAGE - Life can change on a dime.

Special Keywords: S2 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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