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No Good Deed [2014] [PG-13] - 4.6.5

 
 

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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

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A former prosecutor (Taraji P. Henson) and stay-at-home mom of two opens her door to a handsome stranger (Idris Elba) one stormy night when her negligent husband is away. The rain soaked stranger alleges car trouble, but ensuing events horrify and shock the family he meets. Also with Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, Mark Smith, Henry Simmons and Wilbur Fitzgerald. Directed by Sam Miller. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A husband and his wife kiss briefly.
 A man tells a clothed woman to get into a glass shower stall (we can see nipple outlines through her white tank top), he removes his clothes in the shadows and steps into the shower (we see his chest and abdomen), showers and steps out; the camera cuts to a longer view in which the man wears a large towel wrapped below the waist and hanging to his ankles showing his body from below the navel to his head in a front view.
 Several scenes feature one or two women wearing deeply cut blouses that reveal cleavage. One woman wears a knee length and deeply V-necked dress that shows substantial cleavage. A female jogger wears a clinging sports bra and stretch pants that are tight; she reveals cleavage, midriff and navel. A woman wears an off-shoulder sweater that shows a thin strap of her camisole and she later removes the sweater (arms and shoulders are bared) and in several scenes, the outline of her nipples show through the material of the white camisole.
 A woman turns from the camera, removes a tank top and begins to put on a sweater, but a man with a gun orders her to turn around and stand up straight; we see only her shoulders bared, but the camera cuts to his eyes looking down her chest and she says, "Please don't do this [rape]" to which he replies, "Don't flatter yourself" and the scene ends.
 A woman answers a cell phone that belongs to another woman and finds her own husband at the other end; she shouts and hangs up (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman tells a man who has entered her home to wait for a tow truck, that her husband is away with his father and when her best friend arrives she flirts with the man, asking him his address, saying he is good looking and smiling; he asks her if she would take advantage of him and she says, "In every way possible" and says that sex is like going to the gym -- you should go every day and never use the same equipment.
 A man appears in his fiancée's house after he has been away for some time and asks if she has been having an affair and having sex in the bed in her bedroom; she says that the man she sees has a boyfriend of his own and is only her trainer when the man brings out a note left on her bed from a man that states, "I did not want to wake you, because you're so beautiful when you're asleep"; the woman shouts loudly that she did have sex with another man and that she tried to wait for her fiancé to return, but she could not (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman asks a man if something sexual is going on between the man and her best friend; he smiles and she says, "You two are having an affair!?" and he smiles again.
 A woman in a traffic stop tells a police officer hat she is with a date and her young children, while her husband is out of town; the officer tells her to leave the kids out of it next time.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man follows his ex-fiancée home and enters her house, where she looks frightened to see him as he shouts and slams a stack of his unopened letters to the floor and chases her upstairs to a bedroom where they argue and he covers his ears as if in pain (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); he kneels and she hugs his head before he reaches up and quickly chokes her to death (we hear a crunch) and she drops to the floor below the frame as he beats the unseen body with a heavy vase several times (we hear breaking pottery); we see the body lying twisted in the shadow of the bed later. A man has flashbacks of himself choking his fiancée and beating her below the screen. A man and a woman argue in a garage about his relationship with another woman and the man hits her in the back of the head with a shovel as she walks away; the body falls toward the camera and below the frame, the head out of the frame and we later see one forearm in a streak of blood on the garage floor; another woman sees it as she walks past and gasps loudly. A man and a woman struggle over a gun and he chokes her, but she grabs a knife and stabs him in the belly three times with some blood shown and she chokes him; he throws her over an armchair and onto the floor (her 4-year-old daughter witnesses this), she smashes his head with a fireplace poker and chokes him, he throws her to the floor where she grabs the fallen gun and shoots him five times, making him fall backwards and through a window (we see his dead body with his chest and stomach covered in blood).
 A prisoner in a transport van has a nosebleed and when a guard hands him gauze, the prisoner grabs him, takes his gun and points it at the guard's temple; the driver stops and pulls a handgun, but the other gun goes off accidentally killing the driver off-screen and the camera cuts to the driver sprawled back in his seat with eyes closed and mouth open wide (the prisoner has a large spot of blood on his shirtfront and the guard has blood across his face). A woman runs into a darkened bedroom, phones 911 and reports an intruder as a man enters and she smashes his head with a vase (we hear breaking pottery) then kicks his groin and he grunts, but rises and shouts that he will kill her (we see blood on his abdomen) before forcing her to drive him and her two young children to a house in another neighborhood; when they are stopped by a police officer who removes the woman from the car to ask is she needs help, the other man exits the vehicle, shoots the officer in the chest (some blood flow is seen) and shoots the body again below the frame before rolling him down an embankment.
 A man with a handgun slowly walks up a staircase as a woman reaches out from a doorway and slashes his stomach with a butcher knife, drawing some blood as he shouts in pain and we see the bloody knife. A woman finds a male visitor in her daughter's room; the woman pulls a locket from the child's neck and throws it at the man, who says he just gave it to her; the woman sees a handgun in the man's jacket pocket and she sprays a fire extinguisher into his face, causing him to fall down a stairway, but he gets up and walks back up into the room where he forces her downstairs at gunpoint and into a shower stall (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); the man points a gun into the woman's chin twice and orders her to wear jeans and a sweater that he throws to her (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) as the scene ends. A man walks toward his wife who has bloody lips and they talk about his unfaithfulness; the husband apologizes and the wife slugs him in the nose (he grabs his nose before he gets up from the ground). A man ties a woman by the wrists and places her on a floor in a house and as he leaves, and she uses a piece of broken pottery to cut the bindings.
 A prisoner rides handcuffed in the back of a prison transport van as we hear that he killed a man in a bar brawl and is serving 10-15 years for manslaughter. We hear on a newscast that five women were murdered. At a 5-year parole hearing a board member repeats several times that the prisoner has violence in him and is a "malignant narcissist"; the board denies parole.
 In a heavy rainstorm, a man loses control of his pickup truck and slams into a tree by the side of a road (we see his forehead is cut somewhat and he bleeds a bit); the man walks to a house where a woman allows him to enter and a young girl punches him in one arm and says she is a superhero, while the mom apologizes and gets a first aid kit to wash the man's forehead cut.
 A woman finds her phone line cut and all the kitchen knives gone in her home as we hear loud thunder, we see lightning flash and the lights go out briefly.
 A husband and his wife argue over his work schedule. A woman tells a man that she used to be a prosecutor for the DA's office and had cases of domestic violence, in all of which men killed women they knew. A man says that he just broke up with his fiancée, because she was cheating on him and that her cheating is like having your heart ripped out of your chest. A woman tells a man that marriage is not all that great and that she "misses the fire" (of early marriage) and the man says that she is still beautiful. A cell phone rings and when a woman answers it and hears her husband's voice, she shouts, "She's dead. Your [religious profanity deleted] girlfriend's dead!" and hangs up.
 During a rainstorm, a branch hits a kitchen window loudly and later, it breaks through with sounds of breaking glass that we do not see; a man covers the window with a trash bag. A loud car alarm goes off twice in one night, with loud honking, sirens and flashing lights for several seconds.
 A woman says that her baby spits up on her continually, but we do not see spit on her shirt; the woman's husband enters the room and makes a nasty face at her and mentions that she has baby spit on her (we do not see it).

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words and its derivatives, 10 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, exclamations (shut-up, keep your mouth shut), name-calling (vicious animal, mess, pathetic, weak, stupid, sick mother [sounds like it could be short for MF]), stereotypical references to men, women, unfaithful spouses, mothers, criminals, politicians, prison guards, people with mental illnesses, parole board members, 3 religious profanities (GD), 1 religious exclamation (Oh My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks a bottle of beer in his kitchen, a woman tells a female friend that she will bring a bottle of wine over later, and a man and two women drink large glasses of wine in a home and the man chugs his first glass before a second round that he and the others drink slowly. A man rolls and smokes a cigarette in the cab of his pickup truck, and a man in a garage gives and lights a cigarette for a woman and she smokes as does he.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Criminals, murder, manslaughter, stalking, mental illness and proper diagnosis, parole boards, relationships, love, marriage, fidelity, families, friendship.

MESSAGE - Don't answer the door to strangers.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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