A young singer/songwriter (Oscar Isaac) struggles to survive the folk music world of 1960s Greenwich Village, New York. Also with Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Jeanine Serralles and Adam Driver. Directed by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen. [1:45]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss a few times. We understand that a man and a woman have had a sexual relationship and that the woman is married to another man.
► Two men and a woman argue about sex. A woman yells at a man and tells him that he should "walk around wrapped in a giant condom!" A man tells another man that he'd like to have sex with a woman, using crude terms. A woman tells a man that she is pregnant and that she is not sure who is the father and that it might be him. Song lyrics include: "A pretty wife... don't make her a widow." A man in music club says that "Some people come because they want to [expletive deleted] Jean and some people come because they want to [expletive deleted] Jim. I've only [expletive deleted] Jean." A man yells at a woman singing on stage and tells her to show the audience her panties. A man and a woman talk about the woman having an abortion and that the man will pay for it. A man talks to a doctor about arranging for an abortion for a woman; during the conversation, the man finds out that another woman, for whom he had arranged for an abortion, never went through with it and that he has a child.
► A woman holds a cat and becomes upset when she realizes that he doesn't have a scrotum; she yells, "Where's its scrotum?"
► We see a man wearing a T-shirt and boxer shorts in several scenes (bare legs are seen).
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man in a dark alley confronts another man and punches him in the face twice, and then kicks him when he is on the ground (the man gets up gasping and holding his stomach; no blood is evident and we see this scene again later). A police officer slams a man against a car and arrests him. An elderly man pokes another man in the shoulder with his cane several times.
► A man using a public restroom hears a thud and finds another man having a seizure on the floor and foaming at the mouth (he had apparently injected himself with a drug); the man is helped out of the restroom and into a car.
► A man falls asleep behind the wheel of a car and swerves hitting what looks like a cat (we see blood on the bumper of the car) and it limps away.
► We hear that a man "threw himself off the George Washington Bridge." Two men threaten each other verbally. A man yells at a woman and tells her not to sing a song along with him; he becomes very angry and storms out of the house. Two men and a woman argue about having sex. Two men yell at each other. A woman yells at a man and tells him that "everything you touch turns to [scatological term deleted]!" A man yells at a woman singing on stage and tells her to show the audience her panties. A woman yells at a man and tells him that he should "walk around wrapped n a giant condom!" A man yells at a woman for throwing his possessions out. A man asks another man sarcastically, "would that cane fit all the way up your [anatomical term deleted], or would some of it stick out?" A man sings a song for another man and the other man tells him, "I don't see a lot of money here." A man tells a young boy that "Your uncle is a bad man." A man asks an enlisted man if they are "making a killing machine" out of him. Song lyrics include ."..hang me, I'll be dead and gone... Put a rope around my neck… Hang me up so high." A man tells another men "You were some mess last night." Song lyrics include "A pretty wife... don't make her a widow." A man says, "I hate folk music." We hear that a man is at a funeral and that he likes to go to funerals. A remark is made about a singer touring Uranus. A reference is made to "purging from every orifice." A comment is made about "he'd puke a hairball."
► A man chases a cat that jumps out a window and runs down a fire escape; he loses the cat. A cat jumps out of a man's arms while riding a subway train and the man chases it and catches it. A man chases a cat along a sidewalk and catches it.
► A man leaves a sleeping man and a cat in a car on the side of a road and hitchhikes away. A man sleeping in a bus station is awakened by a police officer and made to leave. We see a man in a nursing home.
► A man spits on the floor of a bar. A man slurps milk from a cereal bowl noisily.
PROFANITY 10 - About 53 F-words, 5 sexual references, 31 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (funny boy, hustler, lunkhead, dumbbell, cesspool, fat, King Midas' idiot brother, square, sad careerist, loser, stupid, dip-[scatological term deleted], flyspeck, ), 4 religious profanities (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. God help us, Lord, God, For Christ's Sake, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Holy Jesus, Thank God). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man is found seizing on the floor after injecting himself with a drug (he is later seen OK). Several people drink wine at a dinner party. A man smokes a cigarette in a bar, a cigarette burns in an ashtray, a man and a woman smoke in a bar and others in the bar also smoke, a man smokes a cigarette in an alley, men and women smoke in several bar scenes, a man smokes a cigarette in a recording studio, and a man smokes in a doctor's office.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Folk music industry, military, abortion, survival, friends, military service, suicide, self destructive behavior, union dues, success, vitriol, Communism, Black Magic.
MESSAGE - The music business can be tough to survive.