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Our Brand Is Crisis [2015] [R] - 4.4.7



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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 retired political strategist (Sandra Bullock) enters the fray to help a Bolivian candidate compete for the presidency. She faces another strategist (Billy Bob Thornton) she has fought against before, with devastating results. Also with Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy and Zoe Kazan. Directed by David Gordon Green. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman pulls down her pants and puts her bare buttocks, which we see, through an open bus window to flash toward another bus as they speed along narrow roads (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man lies in a bathtub and his bare chest is visible. Men and women dance in a bar and two young men remove their shirts (we see their bare backs, abdomen and chest). A woman wears a low-cut, long-tailed shirt and her cleavage and bare legs to the upper thigh are shown. A woman wears a low-cut sweater that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut blouse that reveals cleavage in several scenes.
 We see a photograph of a man with a woman and we hear that they were having an affair (the man is married); the man says that his wife knows about the affair.
 A man tells a woman, "I'm going to spend hours pleasuring myself while thinking of you." A man remarks about a woman's bare buttocks.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A llama walks into a road and is slammed by a car (we see it struck and taken out of view and we understand that it is dead).
 A large crowd of people throw stones at a bus as it passes and one breaks a window as people on the bus yell; the bus stops and a man gets out to talk to the people. Many people gather in streets and riot police approach; they fight and we see some people being dragged away and arrested before tear gas canisters are shot into the crowd and people are shown jumping on cars and breaking windshields with bats.
 A man climbs a barrier and moves toward another man, then slams a handful of eggs on his head, and the second man recoils, and then punches the attacker in the face knocking him to the ground; several other men separate the two. A young man is shoved by two security guards at a political rally. We see a martial arts fight scene on a television screen (no injuries are shown).
 Two buses speed along narrow, winding roads and one tries to pass the other; they approach a narrow bridge and come dangerously close to falling over a precipice as people in the bus scream (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and one bus pulls in front of the other.
 A woman stumbles down stairs as she exits a plane and we see her using an oxygen mask in several following scenes; we hear that she is suffering from altitude sickness. A woman steps on a folding chair and it breaks (she is unharmed).
 Three young men and a woman prepare a ball of green goo and launch it with a makeshift slingshot into a man's glass door and we see it splatter; they then launch a doll's head that breaks the glass of the door and he calls the police (we see the woman in a crowded jail cell).
 We hear that a young woman committed suicide after accusations of drug abuse were reported in the press. Protestors chant angrily in the streets as cars pass. We hear that people have died during protests in Bolivia. A woman hears a noise coming from a decorative metal mask hanging on a wall and sees a fly crawl out through its eye. A woman says, "He's trying to get in my head." A woman says of a llama after it was struck and killed by a car, "It's like he killed himself rather than being in our commercial." A woman tells a young man to go take pictures of candidates and "If security beats you up, you are doing your job." A man says that doing something will "get him lynched." We hear that a young man's parents died in a car crash and he and his two brothers live on their own. A woman talks about suffering from depression. A man says to a woman, "I'm gonna strip the bark off you." A man is accused of being a member of a cult. A man admits to his son having a drug problem and that he is not as close to him as he would have liked. A man talks about a "poison whisper." A man says, "If you fight with monsters too long, you become a monster." A woman says, "I will kill myself." A man and a woman yell at each other in several scenes. A man tells a woman, "You need professional help." A woman says that a man is probably "Injecting the twins with smallpox."
 A woman vomits loudly into a trash can in an office (we hear gagging and splatter (we do not see vomit). A woman takes a drink from a man, takes a sip, then spits it out on the ground (we don't know what it is and we see the spit leave her mouth). A woman says, "I don't want to keep vomiting every time I see him." A man urinates in a toilet and we hear the trickling on the phone as he speaks to a woman and then when we see him from the back in the bathroom (no flesh is shown).

PROFANITY 7 - About 23 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 15 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (monster, elitist, Calamity Jane, gringo, oligarch, stuck up, bastard, arrogant, flea infested, suck up, idiot, liability, nasty), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Oh My God, Blessing From God, Oh God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man is questioned about his son and whether he has a drug problem, and a man says that he needs a Vicodin (we do not see him take it). People drink alcohol in a bar, people drink shots of alcohol in a bar and are shown to be inebriated, people drink and smoke in a bar, a man drinks and smokes a cigar while lying in a bathtub (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), a woman with a glass of whiskey on a table sits in a bar (we do not see her drink, but she smokes a cigarette), and three young men and a woman drink alcohol in her hotel room. A woman says that she quit smoking and hasn't had a drink in years, people smoke cigarettes outside a building, a man and two women smoke in a break room, a man and a woman smoke on hotel balconies, a man smokes a cigar, and a woman smokes a cigarette in several additional scenes. A woman drags an oxygen tank behind her in several scenes and she and several other people are shown using the oxygen through a mask.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Political strategists, political campaigns, honesty, truth, campaign contributions, heroes, idealism, suicide, drug abuse, the unconventional, South America, Bolivia, altitude sickness, isolation, focus groups, liabilities, Carl Rove, jobs, natural resources, ancient warfare, strength, weaknesses, Johnson campaign daisy commercial, crises, re-branding a campaign, taxes, agriculture, industry, prosperity, negative campaigning, taking risks, infidelity, chaos, poverty, depression, Tibet, rumors, reason, US anti-coca campaign, Joseph Goebbles, IMF.

MESSAGE - Political campaigns bring out the worst in people.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P7 - MPAAR

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