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My Week with Marilyn [2011] [R] - 5.4.5



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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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The true story of the young assistant (Eddie Redmayne) to Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), who documented the interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl." Also with Julia Ormond, Emma Watson and Judi Dench. Directed by Simon Curtis. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man watches as a woman takes off her clothing and walks into a lake (we see her bare back and buttocks), the young man takes off his clothing (he is wearing boxer-style underwear) and joins her in the water; the woman kisses the young man and he quickly pulls away, she walks out of the water and puts on her clothing (her bare back is briefly visible), and he walks out of the water and he puts his hands over his crotch (we see his boxer-style underwear clinging to him and his bare chest and back are visible before putting on his clothing).
 A woman walks into a room with a young man, she appears to be completely nude, and we see her bare buttocks and a profile of her bare breast; the young man very obviously stares at the woman's front (unseen to the camera).
 A young man and a young woman kiss passionately, the young man attempts to unbutton her shirt and the young woman pushes his hand away. A young man and a young woman are seen kissing passionately. A woman kisses a young man lightly on the lips. We watch a man and a woman perform as they are filmed for a movie and they kiss briefly. Men and women hold hands throughout the movie. A woman holds hands with a young man on multiple occasions. A woman pulls her hand away from a young man. A young man and a woman walk arm-in-arm.
 We see an audience of men watching a movie: a woman wearing a low-cut dress with a thigh-high side slit dances on stage (the dress is partially transparent when she stands in front of lights), she runs her hands over her body and dances suggestively, shaking her cleavage and flirting with two men who lift her up and the woman blows a kiss at the audience. Two men watch test footage of a woman, the woman flirts with the man behind the camera, and she leans forward to expose her cleavage and asks, "Is this too much?" as the man behind the camera laughs. A young man watches footage of a movie where a woman is wearing a low-cut dress; the dress is also low-cut in the back revealing cleavage and her bare back.
 A woman is seen in bed (she appears nude with a sheet wrapped around her), and she asks a young man to lie next to her; he lies next to her (he's fully clothed). A young man, fully clothed, lies down next to a woman who appears nude, but covered by a sheet; the young man wraps his arms around the woman and kisses her shoulder. A woman appears to be fully nude, she is wrapped in a sheet in bed and a young man lies next to her. A woman curls up next to a young man in the backseat of a car and tells him "cuddle up." An older woman's cleavage is visible in a costume for a movie.
 A man makes a crude remark about a young man and a woman having sex. A young woman tells a young man that he is only interested in "having a little fun" (implied sex) and not interested in her for a relationship, after the young man asks her on a date. A woman tells a group of teen boys that they needed to study so they "did not get whipped"; one of the teen boys jokes to the woman that she can "whip him anytime," the woman looks surprised, smiles and then kisses the teen boy on the cheek. During a press conference, a man asks a woman if she sleeps "only in perfume," and the woman laughs and answers yes. A young man's voiceover recalls that he remembers a woman's embrace. A young man's voiceover explains the plot of a movie as that of a man having an affair with a woman. A man uses a crude expression to tell a young man that he cannot sleep with any of his coworkers. A man warns a young man that he and a woman had a very brief affair, she broke his heart and she would do the same to the young man. A man makes a crude remark about a woman's body. A woman tells a young man that she used to "spoon" with her old talent manager. A woman tells a young man that he is the youngest man she had kissed. Two men tease a young man that he and a woman had a "kiss and a cuddle" and a young woman looks disgusted as she overhears the two men. A woman shouts at a man, saying that he looks at a woman in a movie very suggestively.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman screams in pain and clutches her stomach (we see a small amount of blood on the sheets of the bed) and she cries to a young man that she does not want to lose her baby; we later see a doctor talking to two men, a young man and a woman, explaining that he had given the woman a shot and she would be better after a day of bed rest.
 A man grabs a young man and shoves him through a door and he then shouts at the young man. A woman shrieks and appears to be shoved to the ground as a crowd of people rush toward another woman, two men and a young woman.
 Throughout the movie we see crowds of people surrounding a woman; the woman occasionally looks startled when the crowd comes too close.
 A man shouts angrily at a woman, and an elderly woman then reprimands the man for shouting at the woman, instructing him to apologize to her. A man shouts at a young man in a car as he drives away with a woman. A man shouts at a young man. A man shouts at a young man over the phone. A man shouts at a woman and she drunkenly shouts back. A young man discovers a woman crying in a hallway, she is visibly upset. A woman cries and asks a young man why a man is so mean to her. A woman tells a young man that a man "gives her the dirtiest looks." A woman tells a young man that her mother had been admitted into a mental hospital and she had been sent to live with different people. A man tells another man that a demanding woman is "devouring" him. A man dramatically tells a young man that he looks "dead" behind his eyes. A man dramatically tells a group of people that he would "kill himself." A young man points to a window on a building and tells a woman that the room was where he had been "whipped" as punishment while he was in boarding school. As we watch a movie being filmed, a woman tells another woman that a person had been "in an accident"; the woman appears unfazed. A young man asks a doctor if a woman had been pregnant and the doctor tells the young man that this is a question between the woman and her husband.

PROFANITY 5 - About 7 F-words and its derivatives, 2 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (the disappointment, naïve American, nuts, pain in the [expletive deleted] New York intellectuals, Reds, strange and quaint, old hat, such a boy, randy little bugger, average bird, impossible, strange man, chum, crazy, silly man), exclamations (bloody, geez, phooey, gosh), 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a woman looking heavily intoxicated with empty pill bottles on a table near her, a woman is extremely intoxicated from prescription pill use and is passed out (we see bottles scattered around her room), a woman wakes up after having been passed out from taking drugs and attempts to take more pills, a man shakes a pill bottle and tells a young man and a man that a woman needs medication, a woman tells a young man that another woman had taken a large amount of pills and had been silent for an hour, a man tells a young man that people like to keep a woman "doped up" so she is more agreeable, and a man asks another man if a woman drinks or takes pills. A woman with a drink in her hand appears extremely intoxicated and shouts drunkenly at a man, we see men and women with cocktails and champagne, a young man is seen drinking beer on multiple occasions, people are seen in the background of a pub scene drinking alcohol, and a woman serves herself champagne and later acts intoxicated while filming a movie. Men and women are seen smoking cigarettes throughout the movie, a man has his own brand of cigarettes and offers some to a young man who smokes and a young man smokes throughout the film.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Communism and the Red Scare of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe, the downside of fame, jealousy, prescription drug abuse, disappointment, depression.

MESSAGE - Living with fame can be extremely difficult.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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