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The Science of Sleep [2006] [R] - 6.4.5



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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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A man's life is difficult for him to handle, but for his vivid imagination everything he wants is within reach in his dream life. When he's convinced to return to his childhood home where he'll find a boring job waiting for him, he also meets a woman that he cannot seem to make a connection with unless he is dreaming. With Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Jean-Michel Bernard and Emma de Caunes. Directed by Michel Gondry. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man falls asleep in a bathtub while bathing, and dreams that a woman comes up from under the water and kisses him (we see her bare breasts and shoulders and we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs and a bit of his pubic region). In a dream, a man puts a woman on a copy machine and thrusts (they are both clothed).
 Calendars depict nude women (bare breasts and buttocks are visible). We see a nude man standing outside a woman's apartment (his bare buttocks are visible). A man tugs at a woman's sweater to reveal a tattoo on her lower back.
 A man tries to kiss a woman, and the woman then kisses the man. A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes (mostly in dream sequences).
 A man and a woman dance together in a club. In a dream, a woman sits on her boss's lap, he stands up and she falls on the floor. A woman caresses a man's hair while they lie in bed together (clothed). A man hugs a woman.
 A man stuffs another man's head into his armpit, and asks him why it smells like sperm.
 A man speaks briefly about sexual positions. There are a couple of sexual remarks about someone having oral sex in a dark room and about someone needing to have sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man and a woman imagine someone in flames.
 A man runs into a door, hits his head, and we see blood on his forehead. A piano falls down a flight of stairs, and a man on the stairs is caught between the piano and the wall and his fingers are bruised.
 A man dreams of having exaggeratedly large hands and he beats up two other people. A woman is angry when she finds a man in her apartment, and she yells at him. A woman throws water out a window and hits a man in the street below, and he yells at her.
 A man picks another man up and stuffs him into a garbage can (he's teasing him because he is small). A man stuffs another man's head into his armpit, and asks him why it smells like sperm.
 A man has a dream about disasters: we see a plane crash, an earthquake, and a volcano eruption. A man shows another man drawings of disasters: Flight 800 exploding, an earthquake, etc., and he suggests making a calendar out of the drawings.
 A man rolls out of bed and onto the floor after dreaming about crushing a car into a wall. A woman drills into a wall in her apartment and ends up going through the wall to the other side and knocking down her neighbor's shelves.
 In a dream an electric razor attacks a man causing him to grow long hair and a beard. An electric shaver pulls a man's beard, and the man yells and throws the shaver on the floor. In a dream a man's feet are frozen in a block of ice (he wakes up with his feet in a freezer).
 A man dreams about sautéing a man's photograph with onions. A man flatulates.

PROFANITY 5 - 8 F-words, 15 sexual references, 16 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (stupid, pig, losers, dumb), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes at a party, people drink alcohol in a bar and two women drink wine. A woman smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dreams, random thoughts, reminiscences, memory, love, friendship, hope, guilt, unrequited love, seduction, sympathy, communication, romance, jealousy, broken hearts, relationships, death of a parent, cancer, emotions, team spirit, reality vs. dream life.

MESSAGE - Emotions can be overwhelming within dreams.

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