Just Like Heaven [2005] [PG-13] - 4.4.4

 
 

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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 grieving widower (Mark Ruffalo) sublets an apartment in San Francisco and devotes himself to drinking to oblivion. One night, when he has had a few too many, he sees a woman (Reese Witherspoon) in his apartment and she insists that it is really her apartment. She appears and disappears periodically and he quickly suspects that she is actually dead and it is her spirit that's visiting him. He agrees to help her find out who she was and why she's ethereal, but they start falling in love with each other. Also with Donal Logue, Dina Waters and Ben Shenkman. Directed by Mark S. Waters. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss passionately in a supply closet.
 A woman calls for a man to join her in the bedroom; we see her clothing being tossed out of the room while the man stands in the hallway, and the woman comes out wrapped in a towel (revealing cleavage) and she drops her towel (we see her bare back).
 A woman wearing a short and low-cut top (revealing cleavage and bare abdomen) tries to seduce a man and invites him into her apartment for "dessert." We see a man's bare chest while being examined by a doctor, and the man tries to touch the doctor's buttocks and she slaps his hand. A medical patient (appears to be heavily self-medicated) kisses a wall and tries to grope a woman.
 A man in a hospital gown walks through a hallway with the back of the gown open and exposing his bare buttocks. A woman wears very low-cut pants that reveal the top of her thong and a bit of buttock cleavage, and a woman wears a tight-fitting and low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man receives an injection in the hip and we see his bare skin briefly. A man showers in a few scenes and we see his bare chest, and in one scene, while a woman sits in the bathroom watching him, he is wearing his boxer shorts in the shower. Bare buttocks are visible on two statues.
 A man kisses a woman tenderly and breathes into her mouth. A man and a woman kiss.
 A woman makes derogatory remarks about another woman by saying, "she has a tattoo on her [anatomical term] that says 'All Aboard'." A woman talks about having had a healthy sexual appetite. A man talks about alcohol making "women loose." An elderly man proposes marriage to a younger woman -- several times.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man collapses in a restaurant, another man opens the unconscious man's shirt, makes an incision between two ribs, puts a bottle pourer in the hole and the man begins to breathe (no blood is seen).
 A woman driving her car on a rainy night is hit head on by a truck (we see the lights approaching and her terrified expression).
 A man punches another man in the face and he falls to the floor with a red bruise on his face. A man body checks another man and they slam into the wall of an elevator. A man is wrestled to the floor by security guards and held down.
 A woman works in a hospital emergency room and we see several wounded and sick patients: One man has a bloody head wound, another person has stitches on an incision, we see a scalpel pressing into a person's flesh (there's no incision or blood), and another man has a bandage on his abdomen.
 Two men try to take an unconscious woman out of a hospital, they are stopped by security, her breathing tube is accidentally pulled out and her vital signs diminish.
 The following involve a woman who's an incorporeal spirit: A woman lunges toward a man and falls through a window (we hear her yelling as if she is falling but then she reappears in the room unharmed); a woman puts her hand through a man's head and moves it around -- and we see his features shift a bit and he complains of having a headache; a man tries to drink alcohol in a bar, and a woman enters his body and forces him to thrash around and spill the drink on a woman that's sitting nearby; a woman walks through a table (we see her from the hips up, above the surface of the table).
 A man faints when he sees a drop of blood on his hand. A woman has flashbacks to a car accident. A woman lies unconscious in a hospital bed with life support.
 A woman with a cleaver threatens a man and chases him out of her house.
 A man drives a van recklessly through streets and pedestrians jump out of the way screaming.
 A man talks about his wife dying from a cerebral hemorrhage. A man talks to himself in many scenes and people around him act as if he is mentally unstable. A man and a woman yell at each other and are insulting in several scenes. A man does a chant to get a spirit to appear (it doesn't work).

PROFANITY 4 - 1 obscene hand gesture (2 references to the gesture "flipping her off"), 7 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 5 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 14 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks many beers in many scenes (he drinks to dull the pain from the death of his wife), and people are shown drinking alcohol in a bar scene. A man tries to drink alcohol in a bar but ends up spilling it on a woman, and a man talks about alcohol being a "social lubricant that makes men brave and women loose."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Grief, death of a loved one, termination of life support, mental illness, competition, sadness, loneliness, fate, control issues, coping with grief, anger, medical profession, doctors' commitment to the patient, stress, hostility, pressure to succeed, spirits and ghosts, the Sleeping Beauty story, being a workaholic, putting life on hold for a career, true love, jealousy.

MESSAGE - Make time for living while you can.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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