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Me Before You [2016] [PG-13] - 3.2.2



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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 (Sam Claflin) is confined to a wheelchair after an accident and a spinal cord injury and appears inconsolable until a new aide (Emilia Clarke) enters his life and they fall in love. However, he's still not dissuaded from ending his life and pursuing assisted suicide. Also with Vanessa Kirby, Eileen Dunwoodie, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance and Stephen Peacocke. Directed by Thea Sharrock. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman are heard and then seen kissing and we see them lying in bed covered with a comforter (sex is implied); we see the man's bare chest and abdomen when he stands in a doorway. A man in bed asks a woman to stay with him; she climbs in the bed and they kiss tenderly. A man and a woman kiss. A husband kisses his wife on the head. A man and a woman sleep in bed together and we see his upper chest.
 Two women talk about what dress one of them should wear and one of them is seen wearing a dress that reveals cleavage and the upper portion of her bosom. A man is shown on a video wearing swim trunks that reveal his bare chest. A young woman's skirt tears and reveals half way up her stocking covered thigh. A woman jogs and grabs her chest seeming to be in pain, and then complains that she is wearing the wrong bra. A man showers and we see his chest and abdomen. A man removes another man's shirt as he administers care and we see his chest. Several women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs in a few scenes.
 A woman sits on a man's lap in a wheelchair and they move around a dance floor; he tells her to move closer and they joke about her breasts being close to him. A man and a woman lie in bed together (fully clothed) and embrace.
 A man returns home where his mother confronts him and he says that he is old enough to stay in a hotel overnight if he wants to; his mother looks at a woman with him and seems to understand. A man tells another man and a woman that he is going to walk another woman home and the first two tease him (sex is implied).
 A man talks to a woman about what he would like to do to her, sexually (he offers no specifics). A man and a woman talk about the complications of being paralyzed and one complication is sex. A woman bites the tag off the back of a man's shirt collar and remarks that it is a lucky thing that it was not in his pants. A man and a woman tell another man that they are engaged (the woman is the second man's ex-girlfriend and the man is the second man's best friend). A woman remarks that another woman should consider wearing something less revealing for her new job. A man tells another man that his girlfriend "Certainly gives good bed baths." A woman tells another woman that she has been married 4 times "and counting."

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man steps into a busy roadway while talking on his cell phone and into the path of a motorcycle (we then see the man in a wheelchair and we learn that he is paralyzed from the chest down).
 A man is seen in a hospital bed with IVs and an oxygen mask and we hear that he has pneumonia. A paralyzed man appears to have a fever and another man treats him by putting damp towels on his chest and having a fan blowing on him. A woman spills hot soup on a man's lap while feeding him (we do not see any injury). We see a scar on a man's wrist and we understand that he attempted suicide.
 A husband and his wife argue about their paralyzed son wanting to end his life. A woman is given an envelope by her boss and we understand that she is losing her job. A man in a wheelchair tells his mother that his brain is not paralyzed. A woman says of a man, "You can only help someone who actually wants to be helped."

PROFANITY 2 - 6 sexual references, 2 scatological terms (1 mild), 4 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, monster, fearsome, snob, dodgy man, leprechaun drag queen, pretty waitress, impossible, selfish), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, God Awful, Oh My God, Oh Dear God, Oh God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a cabinet filled with prescription medications and a man talks about some being for pain, others for blood pressure, muscle spasms and sleep aids (we don't see them being taken), and a man is shown with IVs in his arm and an oxygen mask on his face in a hospital scene. People are seen with wine in glasses at a meal (we do not see them drink), people are given cocktails at poolside and a man orders two for a woman, and people hold and drink glasses of champagne and other drinks at a wedding reception.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Euthanasia, assisted suicide, unemployment, family, entrepreneurship, goals, adventure, accidents, spinal cord injuries, pity, love, potential, pity, regret, freedom, responsibility, missed opportunities.

MESSAGE - Live boldly; and die boldly.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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