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Revolutionary Road [2008] [R] - 7.5.6



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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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Drama set in the 1950s: A newly married couple (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) embark on their new life, with high expectations: They are welcomed to their new neighborhood, they are generally admired, he goes off to his job every morning, and they have a couple of children. However, they begin to wonder if there isn't something more to life and they dream of escaping the mundane. Also with Kathy Bates, David Harbour and Michael Shannon. Directed by Sam Mendes. [1:59]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman have sex in a car: he unfastens his pants and thrusts on her (no nudity is visible), they both moan and he climaxes. A husband and a wife kiss, he lifts her and sits her on a counter, she lifts her skirt (there's no nudity), they continue kissing, he thrusts, they moan and he climaxes.
 A young woman lies on a bed covered by a sheet, she sits up, drops the sheet and her bare breasts are seen briefly; a man in the room with her is dressing and it is implied that they have had sex.
 A man and a woman dance in a bar, they caress each other and move about seductively. A wife greets her husband at the door and kisses him. A husband caresses his wife's hair tenderly and she tells him not to touch her. A man and a woman admire each other across a crowded room, and they dance together. A man pats a young woman's shoulder (he is her boss and they are in the office). A young woman admires a man on an elevator.
 Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in a couple of scenes. We see a man in swim trunks (bare back and chest are shown). We see a man wearing a tank T-shirt. We see a man's bare shoulders and back while he shaves.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman sets out towels on the bathroom floor and prepares to perform an abortion on herself; we do not see the act, but we see her afterward, and she appears pale and blood drips on the floor from between her legs.
 Two men argue bitterly, one lunges at the other (he does not strike him). A husband and a wife argue, he tries to touch her, she screams, he throws a chair, she says she hates him and runs out of the house and through woods, he chases and then goes back to the house. A husband and a wife argue, they call each other names, he raises his fist as if to strike her, and then punches the roof of his car (he hurts his hand). A husband and a wife argue bitterly in several scenes. A wife talks to her husband about having an abortion. A man comes out of a hospital emergency room and it is understood that his wife is dead.
 An adult man yells at his mother. A man is reprimanded by his boss. A woman talks about her son having been in a psychiatric hospital. A man talks about getting shock treatment in a psychiatric hospital. A man talks about possibly "voiding his stomach."

PROFANITY 6 - 11 F-words, 4 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (dumb, sick, stupid, insane, pathetic), 2 exclamations (shut-up), 10 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes marijuana. People smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol in many scenes throughout the movie: at a party, at a restaurant, a man and a young woman drink during lunch and she says, "You got me drunk," a husband and a wife drink brandy and smoke cigarettes, and a man and a woman drink whisky.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Abortion, marriage, infidelity, dreams, family, mental illness, fitting molds, emptiness, hopelessness, disappointment, desires, feeling things, pursuing dreams, breaking out, Europe, regret.

MESSAGE - Live life as if it matters. People change, and relationships change.

Special Keywords: S7 - V5 - P6 - MPAAR

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