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The Judge [2014] [R] - 5.4.7



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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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An attorney (Robert Downey, Jr.), returns to his rural hometown for his mother's funeral and continues an old feud with his father, a long-time judge (Robert Duvall). But his departure is delayed by accusations lodged against his father in the case of a murdered man recently released from prison and decides to take action to help his father. Also with Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Lancaster, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard and Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by David Dobkin. [2:22]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - In a rural tavern, a man and a woman apparently have sex in a phone booth while his two brothers look disgusted; the couple is clothed, but her mid-thigh length dress is pushed up a bit and the man thrusts his pelvis a few times, as they kiss. In a deserted tavern after closing, a woman sits in a man's lap and kisses him passionately, but the couple begins to argue and she leaves, saying, "I'm going to go play with myself." A man and a woman kiss, clothed, for several seconds on a beach; she asks him to her home that evening and he agrees (sex is implied).
 A woman appears wearing a tight tank top and matching miniskirt, revealing substantial cleavage and most of her bare legs to the thighs. A few women wear deeply cut necklines that reveal substantial cleavage. A decal on a cup of a 1950s pinup girl shows her wearing a red bikini that reveals a little cleavage. An older man lies halfway out of a bathroom with his lower legs bare; his son helps him into the shower and we see the older man's bare chest, back and abdomen (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A husband berates his wife for having an extramarital affair and his father later announces to the husband's brothers that the wife "played hide the pickle with someone else." A man says to himself that he had sex with a woman, who is the daughter of an old girlfriend and in another scene, the woman tells the man that his older brother is the father of her college-age daughter.
 A pregnant woman in a courtroom wears a clinging knit top, emphasizing her swollen belly and a man says that he can tell her what causes the large belly if she needs to know and the woman looks a bit embarrassed. A potential juror states in court that he has a bumper sticker stating, "Certified Breast Inspector." A man tells another man that the second man should have a bumper sticker saying, "Dead hooker in a hot tub." A man in a tavern calls a woman "Red Bull Semen Breath" and another woman "Muffin Top Woman," and then suggests that the female bartender is the product of incest and she smiles. A younger man mentions to his brother that there is a picture of a naked lady in the second man's wallet; the second man says, "Yeah, it's a fun wallet." A young girl tells her father, "Daddies don't get lonely; they get married again."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man finds his adult father at his home lying in a hallway outside the bathroom and retching from chemotherapy related nausea as a loud thud sounds in the house; the man helps his father to the toilet, where retching noises increase and we hear vomiting after the camera rises above the toilet; the son helps his father up and the older man passes watery diarrhea on a large part of the tile floor, the son helps his father into the bathtub and uses a hand held shower head to wash him (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and we briefly see the bottom of the tub covered in feces. A man grabs his stomach and vomits a substantial amount of yellowish material loudly into a large planter once and into the grass in two additional scenes outside a courthouse; in the third instance, another man also vomits into the grass (a smaller amount). A man spits a very small amount of milk off-screen. In a large courthouse washroom, a man stands with his back to the camera before a urinal and a second man approaches him, criticizing his courtroom ethics; below the frame, the first man turns and the second man yelps that he urinated on his shoe (we do not see this). A courthouse washroom shows a man walking out of a stall and he and another man wash their hands.
 A man falls silent while fishing and we understand that he has died as another man becomes tearful. A man falls off a bicycle and we see a long red scrape down one arm. A man climbs into the roof of a tavern and presses both hands on widow glass, breaking it out into the room without injury, but there's some noise of cracking glass.
 A man accused of murder gets into an SUV and a woman runs up shouting, "You killed him! My son!" and she spits onto the passenger side window and the spit stays in place during the drive home. In a tavern scene, a man insults another man with a borderline mental handicap and the victim's older brother gets up and pushes the insulting man; a third brother breaks up the melee. A man says that he wishes his father had died instead of his mother, and an older brother begins shouting and slapping him. In open court, a man admits that he wished a victim to be dead, because the victim, an ex-felon, said he could easily urinate on the graves of the man's wife and the young girl the ex-felon killed; we see the man's car in his garage with its headlight broken and a long scrape down the fender and a sheriff states that the spot of blood found on the car matches the victim's blood.
 We see a flashback and a home movie scene of a car crashed onto its side as a small amount of smoke rises from underneath and we hear that a teenager suffered a severe hand injury in the crash, preventing him from an MLB career; as a family watches the home movie, the father shouts, curses and knocks over the projector, destroying it.
 A man and his son argue in a dozen scenes, sometimes very loudly and with large amounts of cursing and name-calling; each becomes tearful several times and in one scene, they argue as witness and attorney in a court scene and the son cries at his table after the courtroom empties. Several court scenes feature attorneys arguing loudly and spectators mumbling loudly; the judge warns them to maintain order and ejects one attorney from the trial for a day. In a room off a courtroom, a prosecutor tells a defense attorney that he will impale the defendant and the defense attorney denies this. An attorney argues and scuffles a bit with his older brother. A woman criticizes her husband loudly as she follows him to his car and he tunes her out. On a small-town street, a man driving a pickup truck leans out of this window and shouts a crude anatomical term at a man walking across the road; the man smirks.
 People get into their cars at a funeral and drive from a cemetery as an older man sits by a coffin where he says goodbye, kisses his fingers and touches the coffin; we hear that his wife died of a blood clot in the leg from kneeling in the garden. A man clears debris from a grave and places flower on it. We see black-clad men and women leaving a church after a funeral and some people hug each other. An older man is released from prison after serving seven months of a four-year sentence for manslaughter.
 A weather siren sounds for several minutes during tornado strength winds as an older man storms out of the cellar, followed by his adult son and they enter the house, screaming and arguing; debris flies around outside and in the streets, but no one is hurt.
 We hear that a car hit a man on a bicycle and the man was dying from "massive internal damages." We hear that a teen boy shot the windows out of his 16-year-old girlfriend's house, received only a 30-day sentence, and then returned and held her down in a creek with his knee in her chest to drown her and he received 20 years in prison. We hear that a judge's son blew up rural mailboxes with smoke bombs at age 13, had a car accident at age 17 and received a lengthy juvenile detention center sentence. We hear that an older man has advanced cancer and "chemo brain" is a syndrome of the treatment and includes side effects like confusion, delusions, irrational anger, memory problems, loss of time, nausea and other effects (please see the Substance Use category for more details) that could cause him to forget a traffic accident. A man tells his young daughter that Grandpa is a dirty old mummy who usually wears old gauze all over his body, but not always; the girl looks doubtful. A man tells his young daughter that there are ghosts in her bedroom and she does not believe him. A woman tells a man that she once missed an accident with a deer, as it jumped over her car and just tapped the windshield with one rear hoof (no damages).

PROFANITY 7 - About 29 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 18 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (retard, crazy, idiot, nitwit, dimwit, [scatological term deleted]-for-brains, liar, bully, coward, strip mall lawyer, jaded lawyer, hooker, peckerwoods, backwater, crack-pots, white trash, country quack, shined up wooden nickel), stereotypical references to attorneys, judges, alcoholics, senior citizens, adult siblings, unruly teens, philandering wives, Alzheimer's patients, the Amish, African-Americans, rural residents/white trash, exclamations (Wow, Shut- Ups, Shut Your Mouth, Zip it), 11 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. For Christ' Sake, Oh My God, Oh God, My God, God Help Us, Jesus, I Swear To God [court oath]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a cop as a teenager and a teen male friend were found in the back seat of a car while huffing (inhaling) from spray cans or glue, we hear a report that the deceased victim of a hit-and-run collision had prescribed OxyContin and high levels of beverage alcohol in his blood, an older man sits in a lake house with his doctor while receiving chemotherapy from a large machine with three IV bags (in a home movie reel), and a brief hospital scene shows an older man after he collapsed in a court room (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and we see a single IV line running across the man's forearm and under the covers (we do not see that it is attached to a machine or IV setup). We hear several times that an older man has been sober for 28 years and his son asks why he has a liquor cabinet if he does not drink, a man says that he has recovered (totally) and he has a liquor cabinet to remind himself not to let alcohol have power over him, two men on a front porch drink small amounts of Bourbon, three brothers drink from beer bottles in a tavern in one scene as well as from tall cocktail glasses in another scene and from beer bottles on a porch in a third scene, a man tells his brother that he thinks their recovering alcoholic dad is drinking and the second man denies it, patrons of a tavern are shown at tables with beer bottles and short glasses of alcoholic beverages, a man lifts a six-pack of beer from a cooler in a convenience store, and a woman says that her mother drank Kool-Aid with Everclear alcohol one night.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Alcoholism, codependence, cancer, chemotherapy, memory loss, aging, the justice system, forgiveness, recognition, redemption, reconciliation.

MESSAGE - Open communication helps families become healthier.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P7 - MPAAR

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