I Melt With You [2011] [R] - 6.5.10

 
 

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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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Four men (Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe and Christian McKay) re-unite every year for a week of drinking, drugs and catching up with each other's lives. This year's reunion is weightier though since 25 years ago they had made a vow to always strive to become the men they wanted to be and to commit suicide if they failed. Also with Carla Gugino. Directed by Mark Pellington. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young man and a young woman guide a man into a bedroom during a party, the young man undresses (we see his bare chest, abdomen, back hip and legs), he sits on the bed behind the man and unbuttons the man's shirt while caressing him and kissing his face and neck, and the young woman undresses (her bare breasts and buttocks are visible), kisses the man, and they kiss and caress each other and sex is implied; we see the three of them later seated on and around the bed.
 Four men wearing swim trunks (their bare backs and chests are visible) walk toward the ocean; they remove their trunks and run into the water (their bare buttocks are seen, shadowed genitals are visible between their legs, and their pubic regions are visible when they turn to face the camera).
 A man and a woman are shown touching tongues. A young woman kisses a man and tells him "let me be her," referring to his dead sister (sex is implied but not shown). A husband and his wife kiss. A man and a woman kiss passionately in a background shot. Two men hug in greeting in a few scenes. A man kisses another man on the forehead. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man makes a pass at a younger woman in a bar and she says, "You're really high, aren't you?"
 A man is shown in a bathtub (his bare shoulders are visible) and another shirtless man sitting outside the tub (his bare shoulders and back are seen) feeds him something (could be a pill). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A man is shown wearing boxer shorts and boots and has a blanket wrapped around his shoulders; he is later shown without the blanket and his bare back, chest, abdomen and legs are visible. A man sits with his shirt unbuttoned and his bare chest is visible. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.
 A man is presented with a birthday cake with a doll seated on it; the man says "she has a beard" and we see that there is also a line drawing of male genitals on the skirt of the doll (the man is gay). A man holds a beer bottle at his crotch symbolizing a penis.
 A man looks at a photo of another man's 16-year-old daughter, makes a sexually suggestive remark and goes on to ask about whether the man ever thinks about having sex with her friends. A man talks about becoming a professional self-stimulator when his wife was pregnant and would get sick from his scent. A doctor talks about sedating a patient and raping her (he later reveals that he was joking). A man says of a doctor, "You sedate them and take what's rightfully yours." Four men talk about exchanging sexually transmitted diseases. A man talks about having sex with a neighbor's boyfriend. A man describes in detail his prescription for getting rid of a sexually transmitted disease (it includes shaving one testicle, then setting the other on fire and when the "critters" move to the other testicle, "stab them with an ice pick"). A man jokingly squats over another man's face. A man makes a remark to a gay man that he is "part girl" and that develops your sensitivity. Several people talk about "having sex with the same person year after year." Several people talk about their parents having sex and one talks about fearing that his father was killing his mother when he saw them having sex. Two men talk about pubic hair and the phenomenon that many women shave their pubic hair. Two men talk about love, finding "the woman" and having multiple sex partners.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man holds a pillow over another man's face, the man struggles and yells and then falls still (he is dead). A man finds another man hanging from a belt around his neck, he struggles to lift and free the man, another man helps and they lay the man down and perform CPR on him to no effect (we see the man dead on the floor several times and his skin is tinged blue and there is a bruise around his throat). A man injects himself in the arm (we see blood trickle from the entry point and watch the man die). A man jumps off a cliff to his death (we do not see him hit the rocks below).
 Two men argue in a bar, they insult each other, one makes insulting sexual remarks about the other man's girlfriend and they fight; we see one man being punched repeatedly and struck with a pool cue (we see him later with dried blood on his face and chest).
 A man has an attack in a restaurant and collapses; another man performs CPR and we see the man being taken away in an ambulance with an oxygen mask on his face (we hear that he recovered).
 Three men bury a dead man (we see the body wrapped in cloth and in a hole in the ground). A man buries a dead man (we see him digging a hole). A man lays the personal items of a dead man on the floor as a memorial.
 A man speeds in a car along a dirt road, he snorts cocaine while driving and continues to speed until the car dies. A man speeds in a car while being chased by a sheriff. After drinking a large amount of alcohol from a bottle, four men roll down a sand dune (no one is injured).
 A man looks at photos of his young son and appears very sad. A man sits on a ledge over the ocean and appears very sad. A man presses on his chest and appears to be stressed.
 Three men argue and insult each other in a couple of scenes. A man asks another man to kill him. A man talks about being investigated by the SEC. A man talks about his wife dying of cancer. A man talks about killing his sister and his boyfriend in a car accident. A man talks about another man's "dead dad." A man says, "My friends are dead." A note reads, "We will die as one." A man describes in detail his prescription for getting rid of a sexually transmitted disease that includes shaving one testicle, then setting the other on fire and when the "critters" move to the other testicle, "stab them with an ice pick." A man says, "I robbed clients." A man says, "My liver had a heart attack."
 A man vomits over the side of a boat (we hear gagging and see goo spray from his mouth). A man is shown with a smudge of blood on his eyebrow (it isn't clear what happened). A man is shown cleaning squid on a fishing boat.

PROFANITY 10 - About 103 F-words and its derivatives, 30 sexual references, 14 scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (Rat Ron, loser, zombie quack, scaredy cat, coward), 2 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - In the span of 6 days four men are shown in almost every scene drinking massive amounts of alcohol, snorting large quantities of cocaine and other drugs, ingesting many pills (we see prescription labels that read Ativan and Oxycotton), smoking marijuana, cigarettes and cigars, a man injects himself in the arm (we see blood trickle from the entry point and watch the man die), a man is shown taking a handful of assorted pills and swallowing them down with alcohol, a man takes a pill (it is not clear what it is), a man snorts something from a capsule (it is not clear what it is), a doctor writes a prescription for a woman who says, "I'm in pain" and she pays him and leaves (he does not examine her), a doctor talks about writing prescriptions for money, pills are shown being taken with alcohol or being chewed while it appears that some are crushed and snorted, a man panics when drugs are all gone, and a man says, "We were always wasted." A man smokes a cigar and places it in a plate of food (he retrieves it later).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Failure, fear, aging, suicide, assisted suicide, death of loved ones, guilt, divorce, step-parenting, parenting, selling prescriptions, Dorian Grey, cynical artists, goals, ambition, greed, suicide, murder, the SEC, disappointment, love, naiveté, falling out of love, disillusionment, forgiveness.

MESSAGE - It's hard to get over failure. Friendship is a strong bond.

Special Keywords: S6 - V5 - P10 - MPAAR

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