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Quartet [2013] [PG-13] - 4.3.5



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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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In a retirement home for musicians several very talented people struggle with aging, while preparing for the annual concert to honor Verdi's birthday. Life is disrupted when the former wife of one of the residents arrives. Also with Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Sachs and Gwyneth Jones. Directed by Dustin Hoffman. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - An elderly man puts his arm around a young woman and swings her around as if dancing until she ushers him out of her office (the scene ends amicably). An elderly man makes numerous sexual advances toward women of varying ages throughout the movie. An elderly man asks a much younger woman if she is interested in "rumpi-bumpi" and she doesn't understand what he is saying. An elderly man asks an elderly woman if she is interested in a "quick one in the tall grass." An elderly man compliments an elderly woman's breasts and she seems pleased. An elderly man tells a young woman that her skirt clings beautifully to her legs and she reprimands him (in a joking manner). A man talks about thinking about sex every 7 seconds. A man makes sexually suggestive remarks to a woman and she is oblivious because she has ear buds in her ears. An elderly man looks at a young woman and says, "She gave me a look" while another man says, "She's married." An elderly woman opens her window and says, "Hi big boy" to a younger man working in the garden below. A young man in a music class speaks sexually suggestive lyrics. A woman tells another woman that she had an affair after having been married for 9 hours. An elderly man tells an elderly woman "We had quite a fling" and she agrees.
 An elderly woman wears low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders throughout the movie. An elderly woman wears a low-cut swimsuit while swimming and her cleavage and bare shoulders are visible.
 A young man and a young woman stand up from behind shrubbery and tall grass as another man and another woman stand nearby and they adjust their clothing; the young man says to the other couple, "We weren't doing anything" (sex is implied). A man and a woman hold hands.
 Several men and women dance and are instructed to shake their hips. Two men grab their clothed crotches and gesture toward each other.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - An elderly man grabs his chest and takes a pill (presumably heart medication). We see a man on a stretcher being taken out of a retirement home; he appears conscious and we hear that he will be just fine.
 A woman yells at another woman and hits her with flowers causing her to run out of the room screaming and she runs into a cart in the hallway and falls back onto the floor; we see her later in a clinic being treated (she recovers).
 A man yells at a woman and tells her to leave, causing her to cry. A man yells at another man in several scenes and they speak disparagingly toward each other. A man yells at a woman and is very upset with her. A woman becomes very upset when she realizes three other people are trying to coerce her into doing something that she does not want to do. A woman says that a retirement home is a "mad house." A comment is made about someone being the guest of honor at the crematorium. An elderly woman appears to be suffering from memory loss and dementia and we see her losing track of where and when she is in a couple of scenes. An elderly man says that he is on the waiting list for a new hip. An elderly man talks about losing the house he and numerous other retired musicians are living in if they can't raise money. A man talks about another man's ability to flatulate at will. A man talks about another man having made his living making laxatives. A man talks about having piles and prostate problems.
 A man urinates on a bush (we do not see flesh or urine). A man urinates on a tree as two women approach and we see him adjust his pants (no flesh and no urine are seen).

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 10 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 1 implied anatomical term (seasoned wood), 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (flat, naughty boy, cretins, bimbo, chick, ponce, sissies, old fart, cow), exclamations (bloody, shut up, shut it), religious profanities, religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see prescription medications distributed to residents of a retirement home in small plastic cups. A man finds a bottle of alcohol in a costume's pocket and takes it (we do not see him drink), a man offers a bottle of alcohol to another man who takes it (we do not see him drink), two men share a bottle of alcohol, men and women are shown with full wine glass at a dinner (we do not see them drink), a man and a woman drink wine with dinner, and a woman tells a man, "You are drunk" (we do not see them drinking but there are glasses of wine on the table). Two men smoke cigarettes and a woman yells at them to put the cigarettes out saying "smoking kills," and a woman smokes a cigarette in hiding.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Aging, the fine arts, mistakes, retirement homes, forgiveness, relationships, divorce, love, infidelity, conceit, dignified senility, music, history of music, hip hop, inspiration, family, infidelity.

MESSAGE - Old age is not for sissies.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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