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Infinitely Polar Bear [2015] [R] - 4.4.5

 
 

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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 husband (Mark Ruffalo) and his wife (Zoe Saldana) struggle to raise their young daughters while he battles manic depression. Also with Keir Dullea, Wallace Wolodarsky, Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide. Directed by Maya Forbes. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A husband massages his wife's bare foot while they sit on a sofa together, he caresses her thigh, puts his head between her legs and caresses her clothed breast; they kiss and she wraps her legs around his waist (sex is implied).
 A man in a van tells a woman that his brother had sex in the van the night before.
 A man rides a bicycle while wearing a Speedo-type swim trunks and we see his bare chest, abdomen, back and legs. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man yells at another man in the second man's office, throws contents of his desk on the floor, and then lunges over the desk and punches the man in the face (no injuries are shown).
 A father yells at his daughters and throws a bowl filled with food; one daughter yells back at the father and the other pleads with him not to leave them alone; she grabs onto his ankles as he walks out the door. A father breaks the door of an apartment open and we see his two young daughters inside holding baseball bats for protection. A husband yells at his wife who is trying to get away in a car with their two children; the man grabs his crotch while yelling then rips a part out of the car from under the hood to keep them from leaving (the wife and two girls cry inside the car). A man yells at another man in a house and the yelling man's two young daughters pull him out of the house and yell at him as he drives erratically. A teenage girl and her pre-teen sister yell at their father and he yells back in several scenes.
 A man leaves his two young daughters at home alone and he goes to a bar where he gets drunk. A man chases a woman driving in a van and talks to her while running next to the car while a car behind them honks. A teenage girl trudges through the rain to find her father who is living in a half-way house after a breakdown.
 A woman closes her door in a man's face when he becomes overly aggressive about helping her and being a good neighbor. A man buys a car that is in rough condition and his two young daughters complain that there is no floor (we see the road passing beneath the car through a hole in the floorboard. A man becomes frustrated while trying to sew a skirt for his daughter and throws the fabric out the window of his apartment.
 We see a man in a facility recovering from a breakdown and appears to be sedated (his hands shake and he mumbles); his daughter tells him he has gotten fat and he replies that it's the medication they have him on.
 A few teenage children tell two girls that they are liars and that they are cheating by going to a school that is out of their district; one girl tells the others that they would get their "A kicked" if they were going to the school they were supposed to be going to. A teenage girl worries about her younger sister being hurt in school and her mother says not to worry because the sister bites. A man talks about getting fired from his job and that he got in a scuffle with his boss. A child's voiceover describes how her father told her mother about his nervous breakdowns. A man talks about the Queen of England choking on a chicken bone at their dinner table. A woman tells a man that most men would be emasculated by their wives being the breadwinner of the family. A man talks about the summer after he got kicked out of Harvard. A man talks about having defecated in his pants. We hear that a dog ran away. A man talks about his daughter having beaten a boy and that she put him on crutches. A man says that he jumped in the Charles River (we see him wet).

PROFANITY 5 - About 10 F-words , 2 obscene hand gestures (from a father to his young daughters), 11 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms (several teenage girls and a boy talk about getting their "A kicked" at school and use the phrase repeatedly), 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (cold-hearted, scrawny, bratty bossy brats, pig), 8 religious profanities (GD), 7 religious exclamations (Jesus, Jesus John, Jesus Christ, God, My God, For Christ's Sake). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man appears to be sedated in a facility after a breakdown, a man says that he hasn't taken his Lithium, a man says that he thinks that if he takes a few sips of beer throughout the day that he can manage his moods, and a man takes 3 Lithium tablets at one time. Several people in a bar drink many alcoholic drinks, a teenage girl tells her father that her mother told her that he had a drinking problem, we see martinis on a table in a restaurant, and a man is seen drinking beer from a can and several empty cans are shown on a table near him. A man smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie, a man and a woman smoke in a restaurant, a man tries to light a cigarette but his hands shake, a man lights and smokes a cigarette while standing in the middle of the road, people are seen smoking in a bar while drinking, a man smokes a pipe in his apartment, and two young girls hang no smoking messages around an apartment in hopes of getting their father to quit.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Manic depression, bipolar disorder, wealth, poverty, parenting, nervous breakdowns, trusts, rich vs. poor, railroads,

MESSAGE - Managing manic depression can be challenging for everyone involved.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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