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Reign Over Me [2007] [R] - 4.5.7



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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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Adam Sandler stars as a man who's still struggling with overwhelming grief over the loss of his entire family on one of the planes involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks five years earlier. After a chance encounter on a Manhattan street corner with his college roommate (Don Cheadle) he may finally have found someone who can help him achieve a modicum of normalcy. Also with Saffron Burrows, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Liv Tyler. Directed by Mike Binder. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A female patient flirts with her dentist, who resists her; when she returns again to the office she offers him oral sex, caresses his thighs, and says that she has a strong sense of intimacy toward him, but he declines her again.
 A man sits in a desk and a woman sits near him and touches his thighs (he appears uncomfortable).
 A scene from a movie shows four men in a shower (we see their bare chests) and three of them begin to soap up the fourth, who appears to panic. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, and women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage, bare backs and shoulders. A man talks about having slept naked when he was in college.
 A woman accuses a man of sexually assaulting her. Two men use crude terms to refer to a woman's breasts as being nice. Using crude terms a man tells a woman that he thinks about her breasts. A man talks about a woman being "hot."

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We hear that a man's three young daughters, his wife, and the family dog, were killed in a plane crash.
 A man holds a gun on a taxi driver, two police officers hold guns on the man, and the man points the gun at one officer and asks him to shoot him; the other officer tackles the man from behind, restrains him and holds him on the ground.
 A man yells at and pours a beer over another man in a bar. A man shoves a man against a wall and pushes against his head, and he then throws items around in an office (papers and furniture). A man becomes angry and abusive toward another man, he yells and tells the man to go outside with him where he will physically assault him.
 A woman is abusive and dismissive of another woman and makes remarks that embarrass her in front of other people. A man talks about the day his family died. We hear that a man's father died. People are shown gathered and grieving at a funeral.
 A man yells and thrashes when he is forced to look at photos of his dead family members. A man yells at colleagues in his office. A man yells at his therapist. A man remembers arguing with his wife when they last spoke, before she died.
 A man and a woman walk toward a man and call out to him, he appears to panic, he is anxious to get away from them, and rides away on a scooter.
 There are several scenes of video game violence with a large creature attacking human characters (not much visible gore). A man complains about living in a city.

PROFANITY 7 - 24 F-words, 8 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, 7 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 3 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (retard, dork, shyster, crazy, klutz), 3 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a bar, a man and a woman drink wine, a man buys a bottle of alcohol and drinks it, a woman drinks wine with dinner, and a man drinks a beer.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - 9/11, death of family members, grief, pain, guilt, mental illness, suicide, depression, betrayal, lying, therapy, jealousy, restrictive relationships, openness in relationships, addictive personalities, broken hearts, youth and inexperience, friendship, addictive nature of video games, comic relief, sexual abuse, malpractice insurance.

MESSAGE - Everyone deals with grief in different ways. Forcing people to deal with grief before they are ready can make things worse.

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