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A Late Quartet [2012] [R] - 7.3.5



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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 musical quartet must confront life and career changes when one of the members is no longer able to play. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Imogen Poots, Mark Ivanir and Wallace Shawn. Directed by Yaron Zilberman. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We see a man and a woman having sex, with the woman, fully nude, on top of the man and they are moaning (we see the woman's bare buttocks and the profile of her bare breasts).
 A young woman kisses a man passionately, the man picks her up and they recline on a bed and moments later we see them having sex with the man on top of the young woman as they moan sexually and kiss until they are interrupted; we see the young woman jump out of bed and dress (no nudity is visible) and the man gets out of bed and we see him wearing brief-style underwear with his bare chest and back visible. We see a man's bare back and chest as he takes a shower.
 A man wearing boxer-style underwear and a T-shirt cuddles up to a sleeping woman; he rubs his face against her face and kisses her and the woman dismisses the man's advances. A woman kisses a man and the man kisses the woman on the cheek in greeting. A young woman kisses a man and the man pulls away and chides the young woman for kissing him. A wife tries to kiss her husband; the man dismisses her kisses and pushes her away. A man stares at a woman's behind as she bends over.
 A woman shouts at a man for starting a sexual relationship with her young adult daughter; the young woman's father then shouts at the man, asking if he had sex with the young woman. A woman asks her husband crudely if he had sex with another woman the previous night and the man implies that he had. A man asks another man crudely if having an extramarital affair was worth it. A woman asks a young woman (her daughter) if she had sex with a man, implying that she knows that the young woman had done so; the young woman admits to having a sexual relationship with the man. A young woman teases a man, implying that her mother has a crush on him and that they had previously been in a relationship.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man shouts at another man, and then attacks him knocking him off his seat as he punches him; the man stumbles to stand up as the other man rushes away as we hear an older man shouting at both men and the attacking man storms away as his wife shouts at him to stop and he shouts at his wife. A young woman shouts at her mother who shouts back and then slaps the young woman causing the young woman to cry as the woman storms away.
 A woman shouts at her husband and he shouts back. A man shouts at another man. A young woman shouts and scolds a young man. A man and his wife whisper-shout at one another; the man slams a door as he gets out of a car, leaving the woman in the car by herself.
 A man jogging accidentally runs into a woman (they are both unharmed). A man almost loses his footing as he climbs down a ladder.
 A young woman tells her mother that if she would get pregnant, as the woman had with the young woman, she would have gotten an abortion. We see a televised interview with a woman when she mentions that her mother had died in childbirth (giving birth to her). An older man passively mentions his wife dying. An older man remarks to a woman about the woman's mother dying previously. A child reads aloud a poem about men dying.

PROFANITY 5 - About 6 F-words, 2 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, name-calling (lazy, kinda obsessed, childish, doormat, morons), 1 religious profanity, 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see men and women with liquor and alcohol at a bar, throughout the movie we see men and women drinking wine at dinner and toasting with champagne.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Musical quartets, bonding of friendship, fidelity in marriage, Parkinson's disease, divorce, disappointment, abortion, setting aside one's hopes for other people, jealousy.

MESSAGE - Friendships and people change over the years.

Special Keywords: S7 - V3 - P5 - MPAAR

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