Surrealistic Bob Dylan biopic, acted out by different actors representing the different elements of his personality throughout his life. With Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw. Directed by Todd Haynes. [2:15]
SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman kiss, they pull their clothes off, and they have sex: the woman thrusts on top of the man and her bare breasts and buttocks and his bare chest are visible.
► A man comes out of the shower drying himself with a towel while talking to a woman (his bare buttocks, chest, legs and genitals are visible). A man enters a public bathroom, he unzips his pants, and sees himself in a mirror nude from behind (we see his bare back, legs and buttocks).
► A woman dresses (she wears panties and a top and pulls on stockings) while a man sits bare-chested in bed (after they have had sex). Several men lie on tables having massages (bare backs and bare chests are visible). A woman sits in a bathtub (her bare shoulders are visible). Woman wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage.
► A man looks at a woman and remarks to a friend, using crude terms, that he'd have sex with her. A man talks in crude terms about a part of a woman's anatomy. A boy talks about losing his love.
► A woman sees a man sitting with another woman and although nothing is shown or exchanged it appears that she thinks there is something romantic happening between them. A man admires a woman. A husband and wife hug.
VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We see a wrecked motorcycle and a body lying on the ground near it (a bit of blood is on the arm and shirt).
► We see the body of a dead man in a morgue and see a scalpel cutting down the chest (blood seeps from the incision) and a voice-over talks about murder.
► A man pulls a knife and threatens a man with it, other people in the room try to make him put it down, one man is slashed on the face (we see a small amount of blood), and a woman strikes the attacker on the head with something and he falls to the floor unconscious.
► A woman standing in a street lights her hair on fire and we see it burning.
► Several men attack a man and take him away; others yell and become agitated, a man shoots a gun in the air and we see the first man locked in a jail cell.
► A boy asleep in a boxcar wakes up to find men standing over him, they yell and try to take his possessions, he struggles against them, jumps off the train, goes over a bridge and lands in the water below; we then see him swim away and he is then scooped up into the mouth of a whale (we don't see anything else).
► We see a dead young woman in an open coffin in a town square.
► A horse lies injured on a roadside and we see someone holding a cloth on its wound (blood is visible).
► Someone throws a bottle at an entertainer onstage. Two men act in a threatening manner when a boy jumps onto a train car where they are hiding. A dog barks and acts agitated, it gets loose and runs into woods, and a man rides after it on horseback.
► We hear that a man lies languishing in a hospital and see him sleeping in a hospital bed. A woman screams and runs after someone who's stealing one of her chickens. We hear that a man shot himself in the face and the people who watched him went crazy. We hear that a woman cut her own throat. A man makes a sexist remark about worshipping women and that, "everyone should have one." There are discussions of race riots.
► A man picks up an ax and raises it in the air to cut power lines connected to speakers.
► We see a man in flames on a TV news report about a war. A man vomits on another man's leg (we see goo). A man spits.
PROFANITY 6 - 9 F-words, 5 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (losers, traitor, stupid, chick, pathetic, beatniks, fool, freaks), 4 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man takes a pill (it's not clear what kind). We see a mirrored table covered with many kinds of pills at a party where people drink alcohol and smoke, a man smokes a cigar and several people in the room with him, including a boy, drink wine, and people drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in several scenes. A boy talks about drinking too much. Many people smoke cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie, several people on a street are shown smoking cigarettes, and we see cigarette butts in an ashtray.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Folk music, race riots, race issues, the Civil Rights movement, fame, homelessness, marriage, divorce, fascism, differences between men and women, carelessness, activism, terror, disaster, expectations, love and sexual hang-ups, guilt, pity, chaos, despair, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, symbolism, assassinations, fate, fear, freedom, sincerity, radicalism, social justice, good vs. evil, sin, fugitives from the law, train hopping, Vietnam, dreams, secrets, sexism.
MESSAGE - Don't lose sight of the meaning of your life. People change over time.