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Middle of Nowhere [2012] [R] - 4.3.5



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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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After a woman's (Emayatzy Corinealdi) husband (Omari Hardwick) is sentenced to eight years in prison, she feels like she is serving the time with him, as she trudges through life. Also with David Oyelowo, Sharon Lawrence and Lorraine Toussaint. Directed by Ava DuVernay. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss passionately until the woman asks the man to "get away" and we then see them hugging and kissing as they stand in the middle of a room (sex is implied and we see them in bed together). A woman sits on her husband's lap and kisses him passionately as a room of men and women watch and clap. On multiple occasions we see a woman fantasize that a man is with her, including seeing the man curl up around her in bed, and they kiss, hug and hold hands. A man and a woman hug. A man and a woman dance with their arms wrapped around one another.
 We see a blurry screen in a movie theater and it is implied that a man and woman in the movie had sex (we see a man's bare chest and back) while a man and a woman in the audience joke that they are surprised by what they had seen.
 A man makes advances on a woman, she asks if he "did not see her ring" and he disregards her comment stating that his sister "wears a ring so she can go down the street without someone hollering." We hear a man describe that a male prisoner had been charged with an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female corrections officer; we see the male prisoner's wife look shocked and disappointed. A man shouts at a woman, accusing her of having an affair and says that she had "brought a man" into her marital bed. A corrections officer shouts at a woman when she touches a man's collar.
 A woman asks her sister if she thinks it is "her fault" that the woman's husband had cheated on her while in prison. A husband tells his wife to close her eyes and imagine them together on a beach, saying that he remembered her being "sexy, sexy." A woman tells another woman that she had been suspended from seeing her "man" in prison because a corrections officer had caught them kissing; the woman jokes that she and the man had "really been going at it" before being caught. A woman tells her adult sister that she is searching for a "daddy" for her son. A woman tells her adult sister that she is wearing a short dress to make big tips at a restaurant, joking that the name of the restaurant is "Concubines" and she then makes a racial joke about working at a place called "Mammys."
 We see a woman wearing a tank top and brief-style underwear on two occasions. A woman pulls a blanket over a sleeping man (we see his bare chest and back when he stands up). We see an older woman wearing a robe. We see a woman wearing a robe.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see police officers and SWAT team members enter a house with their guns drawn; they grab a man and a woman and throw them on the ground, handcuffing them while the woman screams and cries and the man tries to calm her.
 An older woman shouts at her two adult daughters, she taps her own head angrily and pounds her fists on a table. A man shouts at a woman and she walks away. A husband whispers sternly at his wife after she asks him about a scar. A husband whisper-shouts at his wife. A man tells a woman that her husband had been involved in a fight while in prison and that he had been held in the medical ward for 48 hours; he also says that the man was being charged with "assault and inciting a riot" after injuring two men and a corrections officer. At a parole hearing, we hear a man describe that a male prisoner had attacked a group of inmates using a pipe, adding that he had seen video footage. We hear a man's voiceover explaining that he had been in a prison fight (it is implied that a woman is reading a letter written by her husband). A woman tells her mother that she would have been "smacked upside the head" if she had made a backhanded remark as a child. A woman tells a man that her husband is currently in prison for running guns.

PROFANITY 5 - About 4 F-words, 2 sexual references, 6 scatological terms (1 mild), 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory racial term, name-calling (completely irrational, foul), 1 religious profanity, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see bottles of beer on a table at a party, and a man asks two women to have a beer with him and they turn him down.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gun running, the gangster lifestyle, gang affiliations, divorce, moving on with life, serving time in prison, disappointment.

MESSAGE - Sometimes people have to make a drastic change to move forward and stop living in the past.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P5 - MPAAR

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