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Hollywoodland [2006] [R] - 7.7.6



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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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Fictionalized treatment of the real-life violent death of actor George Reeves, who starred in the popular 1950's TV series "Adventures of Superman." While the LAPD is convinced that Reeves' death by a single gunshot was a suicide, a seedy detective (Adrien Brody) tries to prove that the actor was murdered either by one of his mistresses or a studio chief with mob connections. Also with Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Robin Tunney and Kathleen Robertson. Directed by Allen Coulter. [2:06]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman have sex, his shirt is open (his bare-chest is visible), she is wearing a bra and garter (her cleavage and bare abdomen are visible) and she is on top of him thrusting, while they both moan loudly.
 A woman kisses a man, she moves down, below his waist off-screen, we hear a zipper and it is implied that she performs oral sex. A woman reaches into the lap of a man seated at a table -- her husband is also at the table.
 A man and a woman lie in bed together (the man is asleep), the woman gets out of bed (we see the bottom of her bare breasts and her bare abdomen), and she returns wrapped in a towel. A man lies in bed bare-chested to the hip and a woman wearing his shirt and panties joins him (it is implied that they have had sex). A woman wrapped in a towel opens the towel, then opens a man's robe (nothing is visible to us), presses against him and they kiss.
 A woman wears a halter-top and shorts that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, back and legs. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in many scenes. There are pictures of scantily clad women hanging on a wall in a few scenes, which reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and legs. A man wearing a tight-fitting costume has a part of his anatomy obvious. We see a man in shorts and bare-chested in several scenes. A man takes off his robe and his bare back and buttocks are visible. A man takes off his robe, and it is implied that he is nude (we see his bare back and chest).
 On a soundstage a man drops his pants (we see his boxer shorts), makes a sexual remark to a woman, grabs her and thrusts toward her repeatedly (he is making a joke). A man enters an office, a man inside the office zips up his pants and a woman adjusts her top (implying that they have been having sex).
 We see a photo of two men in a car, presumably having sex.
 A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman dance and kiss while another woman watches them. A man kisses a woman's hand. A man and a woman hug.
 A husband pinches his wife's clothed buttock. A man and a woman flirt.
 A man tells a woman -- with whom he is having an affair -- that he is having an affair with another woman. A woman tells a man that her husband has a mistress. A man accuses a woman -- with whom he is having a sexual relationship -- of having sex with another man. A man talks about suspecting that his wife has been unfaithful and hires a private detective to follow her. A woman tells a man that another woman is homosexual.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is shot in the head, blood sprays on the wall behind him, we hear him moan and he falls back onto a bed (this is shown in a few scenes).
 We see a woman's body on the floor and we hear that she was shot three times ("... in the head, the heart and vagina"). We see a dead body in a morgue after an autopsy (there are large incision scars on the chest and a gaping wound in the head from a gun shot).
 Police officers at a crime scene enter a room where a dead man lies on a bed, the man has a bullet wound in the head, and there is blood sprayed on the wall and pooled on the floor and bed beneath him. In a room where a man was shot, we see the blood-stained bed, floor and wall.
 A man is badly beaten and threatened by two men: one kicks and punches him and then hits him hard in the head with a heavy chain (the man falls unconscious and we see him with swollen bruises later). A man shoves a man against a car, holds a gun to his ribs then punches him in the stomach (the man falls to the ground). A man is punched in the stomach. A man is held down on a pool table by a man holding a pool cue across his throat.
 A man sits in a room holding a gun and we hear a gunshot from outside the room. A man and a woman argue, and she shoots a gun into the floor twice. A boy holds a loaded gun and points it at a man, asking if he can shoot him.
 A woman sets another woman's skirt on fire (it smokes and smolders but we do not see any injuries). A man is suspended in the air by cables and pretends to be flying, the cables break and the man falls to the floor hitting his head. During a performance an actor breaks through a wooden fence and beats up two men who had shot at him.
 A man and woman argue bitterly. A man yells at a woman. A boy talks about a man having shot himself "with a Nazi pistol."
 A man has a scar on his side and he tells us that he was stabbed. We see people gathered and grieving at a funeral. A man tries to pick his child up from school and the boy runs away, afraid of him. A man sets fire to a costume (on a barbecue grill).
 A man urinates (we hear the trickle).

PROFANITY 6 - 17 F-words, 6 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 2 derogatory term for Hispanics, 1 derogatory term for Italians, name-calling (peasant, greedy, suckers, hag), 11 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women are shown drinking alcohol and smoking in many scenes. A man is drunk when he tries to pick his child up from school (the man stumbles and appears incoherent). There is pervasive cigarette smoking throughout the film by men and women. A man smokes a cigar in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hollywood, movie industry, suicide, murder, greed, vanity, depression, desperation, sorrow, guilt, mystery, publicity, the press, despondence, love, strained marital relationships, estranged parents, disappointment, jealousy, homosexuality, success, failure, feeling safe, TV personalities, misinformation, lies.

MESSAGE - Things are not always as they seem.

Special Keywords: S7 - V7 - P6 - MPAAR

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