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Manchester by the Sea [2016] [R] - 6.5.10

 
 

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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 man (Casey Affleck) moves away from his home town and works as a janitor after a tragic accident. But when his brother dies, he returns to sort out the man's affairs and care for his teenage son. Also with Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Liam McNeill, C.J. Wilson and Heather Burns. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. [2:17]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A teen boy and a teen girl lie in bed kissing and the boy puts his hand in the girl's pants but gets stuck and can't get his hand out; the girl yells at him and they both remove their pants (we see the girl wearing panties and the boy wears boxers and sex is interrupted by the girl's mother). A teen boy tries to put on a condom (we see him wearing boxers while holding the condom but do not see genitals) and a teen girl gives him a hard time about how many he has gone through; when he is successful, she climbs on top of him and they are interrupted by her mother (they scramble to get dressed). A teen girl rubs a teen boy's shoulders. A teen boy and a teen girl lie in bed (he is bare-chested and we see her bare thigh); she rests her head on his chest and he smiles (sex is implied).
 A husband and his wife kiss in bed and she pushes him away saying that she is sick. A husband undresses to his boxers (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back) and climbs on top of his wife in bed and they kiss (no sex occurs); she pushes him away and he leaves the room.
 A teen boy asks a man if he can have his girlfriend sleep over and the man says, "Am I supposed to tell you to use a condom?" A woman says on the phone, "I'm in love with my janitor." A man asks a teenage boy, "Do you have sex with these girls?" and the boy replies that he is working on it (he has two girlfriends). A teen girl asks a teen boy if he wants to have sex with her and he replies, "Yes."
 A partially nude woman lies on a sofa (presumably drunk) and we see her bare abdomen; her young son walks through the room and sees her. A woman wears a robe that is open to reveal cleavage while talking to a man about repairing plumbing. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a bar scene. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A teen girl wears a tank top that reveals cleavage. A teen girl wears a top that falls off the shoulder and we see her bra strap and shoulder. A teen girl is shown wearing a bra and panties (her cleavage and abdomen are seen).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A house is shown engulfed in flames and a woman screams that her children are still inside as firefighters hold her back; we later see body bags being taken away from the rubble and understand that the children died in the fire.
 A man takes a police officer's gun and tries to shoot himself in the head twice (the gun does not discharge) before being wrestled to the ground by officers. A man confronts two men in a bar, and then punches them both in the face and we see one man with a very bloody nose. A man punches another man in the face in a bar and several other men swarm him (we see the attacker with a bloody nose and face). A man punches a window breaking it and we see his very bloody hand (we later see it wrapped in a bandage with blood soaking through). Teenage boys play hockey and one shoves another against the boards and they fall to the ice wrestling before being pulled apart by a coach and another man (no injuries are seen). A teen boy has a panic attack when a frozen mat falls out of a freezer and he imagines his father's body being in a freezer. A man imagines two young girls telling him that they are burning when he burns a sauce on the stove.
 A wife yells at her husband and his friends for making too much noise. A woman yells at a man and tells him to get out of her apartment. A wife and her husband argue in a hospital room over his condition and the prognosis. A man and a teen boy argue in many scenes. Two men argue on a street and one threatens to hit the other before a teen boy separates them. A man arrives at a hospital and asks, "Is he dead?" and the answer is "Yes." Three teen boys and a teen girl argue while practicing music. A woman talks about being bored to death and then says, "I could slit my throat." A man gets a phone call telling him that his brother is in the hospital. A doctor describes what the effects of congestive heart failure. A man tells a teenage boy that his father died (we do not hear the conversation). A man describes the events of a night when his house burned down and his children died in the fire. A teen boy asks a man, "Are you brain damaged?" A man and a teen boy talk about not being able to bury a man because the ground is too hard and that they will have to keep him in a freezer until Spring. A man tells a teen boy that his girlfriend cannot come over because he doesn't like her. A man looks in a gun case where several rifles are stored and a teen boy asks, "Who you gonna shoot, you or me?" A man talks about his father disappearing on a tuna boat.
 A couple of church and cemetery scenes are seen where mourners gather for a funeral service. A teen boy's cell phone buzzes during a funeral service and he scrambles to get it out of his pocket.
 A dead body is pulled out on a drawer and a body bag is unzipped before a man looks at it and we see the body's face is tinged blue. A man is shown with bloody gashes on his face and head as a woman cleans up his wounds after a bar fight. A teenage boy goes to a morgue to view his father's body and we see the body on a drawer briefly. A man plunges a toilet and the tenant of the apartment says, "This is so gross" (we do not see anything but hear the suction sound of the plunger in the bowl). A woman spills a beer on a man in a bar.

PROFANITY 10 - About 76 F-words and its derivatives, 14 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (rude, unfriendly, jeez Louise, retard, morons, pinheads, idiot), exclamations (shut-up, shush, be quiet, drunk, insane, brain damaged, dude, genius), 4 religious profanities (GD), 19 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, For Christ's Sake, Jesus, Oh God, God Bless, Swear To God, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man says that someone was passing around a joint and there was cocaine at a party at his house. Men and women drink beer and alcohol in a few bar scenes, a man drinks a beer while lying in bed, people drink beer at an open house after a funeral, and men drink from beer bottles in a man's home and several seem inebriated.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of children, death of a sibling, death of a parent, alcoholism, fishing trade, congestive heart failure, guilt, remorse, anger, grief, divorce, guardianship, mistakes, parenting, recovering from tragedy, faith religion, Christianity.

MESSAGE - It is sometimes impossible to recover after a tragedy.

Special Keywords: S6 - V5 - P10 - MPAAR

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