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Joe Gould's Secret



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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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MPAA Rating: R

Stanley Tucci plays Joe Mitchell, a writer for The New Yorker who profiles the eccentric Joe Gould (Ian Holm), a man collecting everyday people's conversations and concerns and creating a huge tome he calls "The Oral History of Our Time." Also with Patricia Clarkson, Hope Davis, Steve Martin, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Tovatt, Celia Weston, Allan Corduner, Alice Drummond, Julie Halston, Hallee Hirsh, Sarah Hyland, Ben Jones, John Tormey and David Wohl. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A little sexual innuendo and some kisses. We see a nude female statue and a painting of three nude men with very prominent genitalia (one man has three phalluses). We see several nude men from the side (some of the men's genitalia is visible, though the entire scene in pretty shadowy); they're at a homeless shelter and presumably waiting in line for showers.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man kicks over a sign, a trash can and a chair and also beats a telephone receiver against a phone and apparently breaks it. A drunken man falls onto the floor. A man has sores on his leg and scratches them vigorously. Some yelling.

PROFANITY 6 - About 9 F-words, an anatomical reference, a few scatological references, several mild obscenities and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - 1940s New York City, writers, the bohemian lifestyle, homelessness, mental illness, drunkenness, fame, deception.

MESSAGE - Mental illness can prevent talented people from fulfilling their creative visions.

Special Keywords: S8 - V1 - P6 - MPAAR

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