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Margot at the Wedding [2007] [R] - 8.5.8



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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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Nicole Kidman plays an acerbic writer of short stories who appears unsure of the direction of her life, and she decides to take her teenage son and show up at the wedding of her estranged sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Arguments ensue immediately, and dark secrets come to the surface, amidst accusations of betrayal. Also with Jack Black, John Turturro and Flora Cross. Directed by Noah Baumbach. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man draws a picture of a man and a woman having sex (we see the man's enlarged sex organ penetrating the woman and bare breasts and buttocks are also detailed). A woman wearing pajamas with the front unbuttoned climbs into bed (her bare breasts and abdomen are visible). We see photos of a man and a woman in sexual positions (bare backs, legs, buttocks and breasts are visible).
 A woman is in bed alone and clothed and masturbates (we see her hand moving rhythmically between her legs and she moans).
 A teenage boy looks through a fence and sees a nude man and a nude woman (we see bare backs, buttocks and legs) and they appear too be lying together but it is not clear what else happens.
 A man wearing jockey shorts climbs into bed with a woman and says, in crude terms, that they should have sex; they then kiss. A nude man (jockey shorts are pulled down to his thighs) stands in front of a mirror looking at himself (we see his bare back and buttocks) and remarks about the position of his genitals.
 People are shown in swimsuits around a pool.
 A man licks a woman's neck and invites her to come away with him (nothing else is shown).
 Two women talk about their father having been abusive and it is implied that there was sexual abuse involved. A teenage boy tells his mother that he masturbated. A young woman, using crude terms, talks about another woman being attractive and that she would have sex with her if she were gay.
 A teenage boy and his mother sleep in bed together, and although nothing sexual is implied he does make a comment about putting a pillow between them. A man confesses to "making out with" a young woman. A woman asks a man if he had an affair with a student of hers. Two women talk about having sex with numerous partners. A girl asks a teenage boy why he stares at another teenage girl's breasts. A teenage girl asks a slightly younger teenage boy if he likes showers (it isn't clear whether there is any sexual implication). A woman tells another woman that she is pregnant but doesn't want her fiancé to know because she will feel like he will marry her just because of the baby. A woman makes a comment about someone "having her tubes tied."
 A man and a woman hug.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man chases another man, one man falls to the ground and the other kicks him repeatedly (we see him with a bloody face).
 A boy falls into a swimming pool and sinks under water, on the way down he sees a dead mouse near the drain, a woman jumps in to retrieve the boy and he coughs when he comes out of the water (he's OK).
 A woman grabs a child's arm and twists it harshly, another woman yells at her and tells her to stop and the two women argue briefly.
 A boy jumps on another boy, pushes him to the ground and bites him on the ear (the boy being bitten screams loudly; no blood is seen).
 A car with no brakes is driven off the road and crashes into a tree (the people in the car are uninjured).
 A woman sees two people carrying something bloody in a plastic tarp, they place it on a table, and one person injects it with something; we see that it is a pig and one person cleans out the abdominal cavity (blood is shown).
 A woman cries on the side of the road while holding her injured dog in her lap, and people in a car passing by stop to take them to a hospital. A woman grabs a teenage girl by the arm and drags her away from the foot of a tree that then falls over and crashes onto a tent.
 A woman raises her foot while walking down the stairs behind a young woman and gestures as if she is going to kick her down (she does not). A woman climbs high into a tree and then cannot get back down (she is rescued by the fire squad).
 A man flicks a lit cigarette that lands in a woman' slap and she yells at him (no one is harmed).
 A woman yells at a woman. A man driving yells at another car, which seems that it's going to pull out in front of him. A man, frustrated by a game of croquet, throws his mallet and yells. A teenage boy walks through a train car, stops outside a door and screams several times.
 Two women talk about their father having been abusive and it is implied that there was sexual abuse involved. A woman says that her sister tried to kill her when she was a baby. A man says he wants to punch a woman in the nose. A woman talks about a boy having been diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, someone makes a reference to someone being clinically depressed and a woman says that she thinks a child should be evaluated for autism.
 A woman takes off her panties and we see them stained with feces. Two people root through garbage cans spilling out their contents.

PROFANITY 8 - 31 F-words, 5 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, fat jerk, retarded, creeps, insane, incompetent, nut job, idiot), 1 religious profanity, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine and beer in many scenes throughout the movie. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, and a man is shown with a cigarette in his mouth. A woman takes prescription pills in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, siblings, love, betrayal, guilt, infidelity, self-destructive behavior, parenthood, family, weddings, loving sisters, pedophilia, personality disorders, competition, unplanned pregnancy, permanent birth control, betrayal, disappointment, relationships, sexual abuse, child abuse, clinical depression, autism, miscarriage, promiscuity, loneliness.

MESSAGE - Family can sometimes get in the way of happiness.

Special Keywords: S8 - V5 - P8 - MPAAR

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