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Separate Lies [2005] [R] - 4.4.5



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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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Tom Wilkinson stars as a workaholic London attorney whose wife (Emily Watson) feels unfulfilled and becomes involved in an extramarital affair. When she and her lover (Rupert Everett) are involved in a hit-and-run on a country lane, her husband finally finds out, and while shocked and depressed, he tries to protect her. However, truth and lies become entangled and their lives are torn apart by the reality of what has happened. Also with Hermione Norris and Linda Bassett. Directed by Julian Fellowes. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman comes out of a shower with a towel wrapped around her (we see her bare shoulders and cleavage), a woman opens her robe and reveals lace bra and panties, cleavage and bare abdomen, and a woman wears low-cut and tight-fitting sweaters and dresses that reveal cleavage throughout the movie.
 A man wakes up in bed in a woman's apartment (she's not his wife) and he is bare-chested. A husband and wife lie in bed together (he is bare-chested and she wears a spaghetti strapped nightgown).
 A woman caresses and kisses the face of a man she's having an affair with, while her husband watches. A woman confesses to being unfaithful to her husband on several occasions. A man yells at his wife and asks her for explicit details about the extra-marital affair she is having.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man riding a bike along a country road is run down by a car that does not stop; we see the man roll on the ground and he lies motionless -- we see this scene several times throughout the movie.
 We hear about a man being run over by a car, we hear that the man is in the hospital and we hear that he died from his injuries.
 A man punches a man in the face and he falls to the floor.
 A man yells at his wife. A woman throws a large platter on a counter breaking the plate and spilling the food that was on it. A man drives recklessly through narrow streets.
 A woman wakes up whimpering from a bad dream. A man says he is dying of cancer.
 A man vomits (we hear him gag and see goo).

PROFANITY 5 - 9 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid), 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol in several scenes and appears to have a drinking problem, three people drink alcohol in several scenes, a man drinks wine, people drink wine at a restaurant, and two men drink wine at lunch.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Lies, truth, consequences, infidelity, appearances, manslaughter, murder, perfection, mistakes, love, lust, neuroses, disappointment, bitterness, driving under the influence of alcohol.

MESSAGE - We all make mistakes but hiding them or lying about them simply makes things worse.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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