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Not Fade Away [2012] [R] - 6.3.8



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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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Several friends dream of becoming rock-and-roll stars in the 1960s. With John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Dominique McElligott, Brahm Vaccarella, Gregory Perri, James Gandolfini, Bella Heathcote and Christopher McDonald. Directed by David Chase. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young man and a young woman are shown having sex on a sofa: we see the young woman's bare breast and hip as the young man thrusts on top of her (we see his bare shoulder and back) and we hear them both moaning.
 A young man and a young woman kiss while he puts his hand up her sweater (we see part of her bare abdomen) as another young man watches and the first young man kisses her neck. A bare-chested young man throws a young woman onto her bed in her dorm room and they lie together. A young man and a young woman kiss as the young man's father watches from inside his house.
 A young man and a young woman kiss. A young man and a young woman kiss while sitting in a car at a drive-in theater. A young man and a young woman hug. A young man and a young woman hug and dance at a party. We see a man and a woman on a movie screen and they kiss.
 A teenage girl wearing a mini skirt dances in a street (we see her bare thighs). Young women are shown wearing bikinis at a pool party and their cleavage, bare abdomens, backs and legs are shown. A woman is shown wearing a low-cut top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. Young men and young women are shown wearing swimsuits at a swimming pool. We see Can-Can dancers painted on a wall and bare legs are visible, along with a man and a woman leaning toward each other to kiss. A young man is shown wearing jockey-style underwear and his bare chest and abdomen are visible. A young man is shown wearing jockey style underwear and a T-shirt.
 A young man tells another young man that a young woman was performing oral sex on him regularly and someone else too (the young woman is the other young man's girlfriend); the other young man asks if they had intercourse. A young woman accuses a young man of having sex with her sister. A man talks to a young man about sex and how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Song lyrics include "I wanna make love to you." A woman tells her teenage daughter "You are not graduating from Kotex," and "Try convincing your future husband it was just tampons."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A young man rides a motorcycle and crashes it; he is thrown into a tree and we see him unconscious on a stretcher with a bloody head and face and later in the hospital with casts on his arm and leg.
 Two young men argue and fight, one slams the other on the floor several times and we see his nose bleeding. A man and his adult son argue, the man throws something at the son and then grabs him while yelling. An audience member throws a can at a band member and it hits him in the head; he yells but does not appear harmed.
 Several young men pass a marijuana cigarette in a bathroom at a party and one inhales the joint itself (he gags and gasps but we see him OK later although we hear a reference to his not be able to sing while recovering). A young man juggles lit fireworks and one hits him in the head (he yells but we see no damage).
 We see a man beating what we think is his dog with a baseball bat (no blood is shown, nor the aftermath); it turns out to be a large rat. A woman is shown (looking strung out) on a gurney and being wheeled into an elevator at a hospital (presumably a rehab facility of some kind).
 We see a bomb explode and a mushroom cloud forms on a TV screen as a voice-over talks about how to survive by ducking under furniture, etc. A young man hitchhikes and when a man and a young woman stop for him, he does not get in. Three young men stand inside a drain on the side of a street and when a car's headlights illuminate their faces, it swerves nearly running off the road.
 A young woman backs a car out of a garage and hits the side mirror on the door frame tearing off the mirror and gouging the frame. A young man drives his car into marking stakes on a lawn and another young man charges out of his house yelling at him.
 We hear about the John K. Kennedy assassination and see a portion of the funeral procession on TV. We see a portrait of a man with a hard facial expression and painted in bright colors.
 A family argues at the dinner table in several scenes. A man gives his college-aged son a hard time about the length of his hair and the clothes that he wears in several scenes and threatens physical violence ("You and me are gonna tangle"). Several young men argue about their band and who should be lead vocalist. Several people argue at a family gathering over dinner. We hear a woman screaming while having a nightmare. A reference is made to a housing project. A reference is made to rocks being thrown at Martin Luther King. A husband tells his wife that he has cancer and that he might have a year or two to live. A man talks about another man who "lost a leg in Iwo Jima" and another man who died in the war. A woman talks about her father wanting to have her arrested. A woman makes frequent references to killing herself when there are arguments among family members ("Why don't I slit my own wrists," etc.). A woman describes a nightmare she had and says, "I saw a [derogatory term for African-American deleted] boy coming up the lawn to get me." A man talks to his adult son about leaving his wife (the son's mother) for another woman (he does not leave her). A wife tells her husband, "Our grandchildren are going to have mental illness in their genes." When a young man and a young woman leave home together to go to California we hear a parent say, "You know this is a sin." A man talks about having psoriasis. A young woman tells a young man that "I've seen Grace (her younger sister) make poop if that holds any interest."
 A man scratches a spot on his arm in several scenes and we learn that he has cancer.

PROFANITY 8 - About 37 F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 9 sexual references, 1 sexual hand gesture, 15 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 6 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 4 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (jerks, putrid, conceited, retarded, insane, fat blobs), exclamations (shut up), 4 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Several young men pass a marijuana cigarette in a bathroom at a party and one inhales the joint itself (he gags and gasps but we see him OK later), a young man lights a marijuana pipe and smokes it in a couple of scenes, and a reference is made to taking LSD. A young woman smokes a cigarette and drinks vodka, young men and women are shown smoking cigarettes at a party and drinking from bottles that we presume is beer, a young man drinks a beer and smokes a cigarette, two young men drink beers and smoke cigarettes, young men and women drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in a few party scenes, a young man stumbles and falls to the floor while drunk, a young man drinks from a wine bottle at a cemetery, and a young woman appears very intoxicated at a party. Two young men talk about music and guitars when one takes out a cigarette (he is not shown lighting it), a young man is shown smoking a cigarette while standing on a street, a woman smokes a cigarette in her house, a woman smokes a cigarette at the dinner table, people smoke at a dinner table, a man smokes while lying on the sofa with an ashtray resting on his stomach, people smoke cigarettes at a restaurant, a young man smokes in a hospital room, a young man smokes in bed, two women smoke, and a young man smokes while playing the drums in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The music industry, rock-and-roll music, music influences, friendship, success, achieving your goals, love, cancer, omens, sexual mores, LSD, jealousy, loneliness, power, entertainment, sexual revolution, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Twilight Zone, the "summer of love."

MESSAGE - The music business can be hard on relationships.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P8 - MPAAR

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