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In The Bedroom



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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson star as the proud parents of a young man (Nick Stahl) who hopes to become an architect. Their son spends his summer at their Maine home, working as a lobster fisherman; he is also having an affair with a local single mother (Marisa Tomei). By the end of the summer they all find themselves in the midst of an unimaginable tragedy. Also with William Mapother, William Wise, Celia Weston, Karen Allen and Frank T. Wells. [2:10]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young man and a woman run through a field (she's wearing a tank top and skirt which reveal some cleavage and part of her thighs) and end up kissing and talking while lying in the grass. A man and woman talk while in bed, and then he rolls over and kisses her. A young man and a woman are apparently interrupted while having sex (she appears disheveled and embarrassed and he is winded). Two men admire a young woman wearing a short skirt and make some suggestive remarks to each other. A man lies in bed and we see his bare shoulders and we see a man in his boxer shorts. A man watches another man urinate and we hear the trickle.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man forces his way into a house and shoves another man, they quarrel bitterly, we hear a gunshot, see the assailant's blood-splattered arm and see a man lying dead on the floor with a very bloody head wound. A man is shot three times and lies dead on the ground (we see some blood spray and his body jerks). A body is wrapped, tied, dragged behind an ATV, dumped in a hole and buried. A man holds a man at gunpoint for an extended period of time. A woman slaps another woman across the face. A young woman has a bloody eye -- apparently from a sports injury -- and a young man has a swollen eye and stitches in his eyebrow after a scuffle (he winces while someone tries to treat the wound). A man pounds on a door and yells to be let in. We see rubble in a house after a man in a violent rage tears it apart and we also hear that he has shoved a woman around. A woman yells at a man and throws a plate on the floor breaking it. There is a discussion about a young man having committed suicide. There are several scenes of people yelling and arguing. A man talks about his restaurant having been held up. A man talks to a boy about how a lobster might have lost its leg. We hear the trickle of urine.

PROFANITY 5 - 8 F-words, 5 scatological terms, 5 sexual references, 4 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 17 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The death of a child, divorce and separation, grief, a formal education, career vs. labor, jealousy, anger, the legal system.

MESSAGE - Sometimes the legal system cannot help us.

(Note: Several characters are shown smoking cigarettes, and some are shown drinking beer and wine. There is a reference to a man taking a sleeping aid.)

Special Keywords: S3 - V5 - P5 - MPAAR

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