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A Place Beyond the Pines [2013] [R] - 5.6.10



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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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When a man (Ryan Gosling) decides to rob a bank to support his child, we see the complex set of consequences and the aftermath involving his own child and the child of one of the policemen (Bradley Cooper) involved in his apprehension. Also with Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Ben Mendelsohn. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. [2:20]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - In a crowd, we see women wearing tight, mid-drift exposing tops. A woman wears a shirt and it is obvious that she is not wearing undergarments (her breasts are visible through the shirt). A woman wears jean shorts with a cut up the sides that reveal her upper thighs. A woman wears a mid-drift exposing top and she is obviously not wearing undergarments (the outline of her breasts is visible through the shirt). We see photographs of a woman wearing a skimpy thong-style bikini decorating the walls of a man's house; one of the photographs has a man with his hand on the woman's backside. We see a shirtless man. We see a shirtless man in a swimming pool with a portion of his bare chest visible. A teen boy pulls off his shirt to go swimming and we see his bare chest and back. We see a teen boy walking out of the bathroom from a shower with a towel wrapped around his waist and his bare chest and back are visible; we then see the teen boy pulling on boxer-style underwear and his bare back and chest are visible (we do not see his bare buttocks). We see two shirtless men (bare chests and backs are visible) dancing around a room (not with one another).
 We see a man and a woman in bed together and it is implied that both of them are nude (the man is covering the woman's breast with his hand) and the woman kisses the man's arm (it is implied that they had previously had sex).
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately and grind against one another, then walk up a flight of stairs, pausing to continue kissing passionately; the girl begins to lift the boy's shirt and the boy pulls away and pushes her off. A woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 A teen boy makes a crude remark to another teen boy about not wanting to be sexually assaulted while incarcerated. An older man makes a crude joke about another man's wife having male genitals that she uses to control the man.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - During a high-speed chase, a man on a motorcycle leads a police car through a cemetery: the motorcyclist hits a wall at low-speed then gets up and drives through a gap in the wall, a second police car chases the man who spins out as another car is backing up and it nearly hits the man as his motorcycle crashes to the ground; the man stands up and runs away, unharmed, into a house where he waves a gun at a woman and a teen boy and a police officer leaves his car with his gun drawn; the gunman dismisses the woman and teen boy, sending them down the stairs, where the police office orders them to get on the ground with their hands behind their backs then enters the room where the gunman is sitting on an open windowsill; the two pull their guns and the gunman is shot and as he falls out the window he shoots the officer who falls to the ground and we see a spray of blood from his knee, then struggles to the window and we see the gunman dead on the ground with blood pooling from behind his head and on his mouth, nose and coming from his ears; we later see the officer recovering in the hospital.
 A man shouts at another man, the two men shout at each other, one of the men then punches the other man in the face, while holding a screwdriver and the man hits the ground, appears to be passed out with blood covering his face and his eye is covered in blood and appears to have a deep cut; we later see the man recovered, the attacker is seen in jail, then being sentenced in court and later out on bail.
 In a drug-induced haze, a teen boy approaches another teen boy and tries to start a fight with him: they approach each other and shove each other away; the instigator is then shoved down the stairs by the other boy, who follows and punches him knocking him to the ground and two teen other boys jump on top of him, beating him in the face and body repeatedly; we see blood coming from the boy's nose, mouth and a cut over his eye as the other boys stop (we see the boy wake up in a hospital and his face is bruised and swollen).
 A teen boy is scared when another teen boy silently enters his room, pulls out a gun and fires it at the feet of the other teen boy; the teen boy screams and hits the ground and we later see him with his head wrapped and an EMT applies a blood pressure cuff to him as a voiceover explains that the teen boy claimed that there was a breaking and entering and the suspected robber had attacked him.
 A teen boy holds a man at gunpoint and shouts angrily at him instructing the man to drive him in a car: we see the car driving through the woods, the boy, still holding the gun, shouting at the man as they walk out of the car, and he instructs the man to get on his knees, and the man begs to know the safety of his teenage son; the teen boy holds the man at gunpoint, then drops the gun, quickly jogs away and steals the man's car as the man collapses and cries, gasps and spits on the ground.
 A man leaps onto a bank counter and shouts at the people in the bank with a gun drawn; he waves the gun around, then grabs a man by the tie and holds the gun to the man's head, violently tosses the man to the side, runs off holding a bag of cash and rides a high-speed motorcycle through a busy street.
 During a bank robbery a man waves a gun around, grabs a man's face and shoves it against a tall Plexiglas divider while shouting at a woman to place all the money on a counter, and then into a bag; the man grows increasingly agitated and screams at the woman, then jumps onto the back of a motorcycle and zooms full-speed into traffic.
 A man places his hands over the eyes of another man while he is sleeping, then places a gun inside the man's mouth; the man with the gun in his mouth acts terrified and then hands over a handful of cash to the gunman, who pulls the gun from his mouth and walks away.
 A man angrily kicks a set of monitors off a bank counter as he stands over the male and female tellers while holding a gun; the man points a gun at the men and women in the bank and shouts at one of the men, telling them to pray and then shouts at them to pray louder.
 A police cruiser approaches two teen boys and one of them tries to run away but is grabbed by a police officer and pushed to the ground as a second officer grabs him and handcuffs him; we see the two teen boys in an interrogation room at a police station.
 A man enters an interrogation room where his teenage son is and he shouts at the boy, grabbing him by the neck and holding him against the wall as he harshly shouts at him. A woman shoves a man away. We see garbage being thrown at a man as he is being led into a jail.
 A woman is obviously upset as a group of police officers enter her home, and an older officer makes a rude remark about an older woman "not having her papers." A man shouts at another man and throws a wad of cash back at the man.
 A police officer instructs another officer to follow his car (he is very intimidating) and the two drive down a long, winding forest path; the second officer begins to breathe heavily, panicking and then throws the car into reverse and quickly drives away. A police officer instructs another police officer to steal drugs that are checked as evidence. During an investigation, a police officer asks another officer about a shooting that occurred, where the male police officer had shot an armed suspect; the two discuss the staging of the gunfight and agree, after the investigating officer coaches the other officer, to say that the gunman had pulled his gun first before the officer fatally shot him. A man tells another man that they should rob a bank and we later hear the two men discussing how the man had previously not used a gun, but offers a gun for the other man to use. A teen boy asks a young man for a gun. Two police officers tell another officer in a hospital bed that another officer had died. A teen boy tells another teen boy that his father had died in a car accident. A teen boy asks his mother for details about his father's death; the woman does not respond and grows visibly upset. A woman tells her husband (a police officer) that she was scared when the man had been shot in the line of duty. During a therapy session, a doctor asks a police officer about his feelings after he had fatally shot a man, bringing up that the two have sons that are the same age. A teen boy reads a series of articles about his biological father being shot during a police pursuit, and being shot by a police officer after he robbed a bank. A male police officer tells a man that a teen boy had previously been arrested for shoplifting. We hear the reading of the verdict for a teen boy in court; a woman explains that he was charged with felony possession but the charges were being dismissed for time served.
 A group of police officers steal money from a woman's house and distribute the money among themselves. A man plays with a switchblade. A police officer is lead into a police car, after being escorted out in handcuffs. We see a woman crying, watching as a body bag on a gurney is being lifted into an ambulance.
 We watch three men race motorcycles in a metal ball, we hear the roar of the motorcycles and the three men emerge unharmed. A man rides full-speed through a forest on a motorcycle; he ramps and nearly crashes into trees (he is unharmed). A woman speeds away from a man with her car door open. A woman holds a baby in the backseat of a moving car; the baby is not in a car seat.
 A police officer wakes up in a hospital, he struggles to pull off an arm cuff and pulls out his oxygen while his wife assures him that he is okay. A man repositions a baby (his son) sitting on a bed, warning a woman that the baby will roll off the bed and "bust his head."
 We hear a man gagging as he stands up in the back of a moving box-truck; the sound of vomiting is heard and we see a pile of vomit next to the man as he continues to make gagging noises (we do not see the vomit leaving his mouth).

PROFANITY 10 - About 146 F-words and its derivatives, 2 sexual references, 29 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, 5 derogatory racial remarks, name-calling (crazy, pigs, maniac, idiot, drifter, professional criminal, gimp, stupid, mutts, too smart for his own good, liar), 1 religious profanity, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a group of teens at a party where a teen boy distributes Oxytocin pills to them, two teen boys take Oxytocin pills with liquor and one boy is then visibly intoxicated, two teen boys discuss smoking marijuana and we then see them smoking a marijuana pipe, a teen boy asks another teen boy to provide drugs for a party, a teen boy steals drugs from a pharmacy, a teen boy asks another teen boy where he can "buy X" and we see the two exchange a small baggie (they are later arrested), a police officer instructs another police officer to steal cocaine seized as evidence and help distribute it to prostitutes, and a teen boy has a marijuana leaf patch on his backpack. Many teenagers are shown gathered at a party and they all appear to be drinking, we hear in passing that a man had trouble with his teenage son hosting parties where other teens would be given alcohol, men are seen drinking beer and liquor and a man appears to be heavily intoxicated after he is seen drinking liquor, a man hands a group of children a bottle of beer that he was drinking and they all try to grab it, we see a man with a glass of liquor in front of him, a man asks a woman if she wants to go "get a beer" and she turns him down, we see empty bottles of alcohol on a shelf, we see men and women drinking wine at dinner, and a man offers a teen boy a beer and we see the man and teen boy both holding beer bottles and drinking. Throughout the movie we see men smoking cigarettes, and on multiple occasions we see two teen boys smoking cigarettes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a family member, single-parent homes, divorce, police corruption, robbery, consequence, revenge, underage drinking and drug use.

MESSAGE - All actions have consequences.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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