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Split [2017] [PG-13] - 4.7.5

 
 

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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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Three young women are abducted and held by a man (James McAvoy) who seems to exhibit the symptoms of dissociative identity disorder. The women learn that their abductor currently has 23 personalities and a 24th, referred to as The Beast, will be unleashed soon. Also with Sebastian Arcelus, Betty Buckley, Izzie Coffey, Brad William Henke, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula and Anya Taylor-Joy. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. [1:57]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man asks a young girl to play a game in the woods with him and we see him stripped to his boxer briefs (we see his bare chest and abdomen) as she approaches him and he tells her to take her clothes off (sexual abuse is implied); we later see him pulling his clothes back on (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A young woman is pulled out of a room by a man (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and when she returns she says, "He wanted me to dance for him." A man acting as a young boy lies on a bed holding a young woman and asks her if he can kiss her; they kiss and he says, "You might be pregnant now."
 A man is upset when a young woman's sweater becomes dirty and he tells her to take it off; she does and we see her wearing a skirt and bra (cleavage and her bare abdomen are seen). A man tells two young women to take off their tops and skirts and we see one woman left with panties and a crop top that reveals her bare abdomen. Two young women wear short skirts. A young woman wears a short top that reveals her bare abdomen. We see a painting of nudes with the outline of breasts (no nipples and no genitals are seen). A young woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A man takes off his shirt and we see his bare back in heavy shadows. A man is shown dressed as a woman in a few scenes.
 A woman describes a man as having, "A proclivity to watch young women dance naked." A woman describes certain men as, "Having an incessant need to be near augmented breasts." A woman describes how two young women took the hands of a man and put them under their shirts to touch them, and then ran away laughing. A man acting as a woman tells three young women that a man, "Knows that he's not allowed to touch you."

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman holds a knife and speaks to a man; he moves toward her and holds her around the waist as she stabs him (the knife breaks) and he squeezes her around the middle until we hear bones breaking and she falls dead. A young woman is shown dead on the floor with a very bloody abdomen and intestines out of her body. A young woman is shown on the floor crawling and she is yanked off camera; we see a man acting as a beast eating her and we hear slurping as the body twitches. A young woman is grabbed by the leg and we hear slurping as a man acting as a beast gnaws on her leg (we see a large bloody hole later).
 A man is shot twice and we see open, bloody wounds. A man gets into a car with three young women, one of whom tells him that he is in the wrong car and he sprays each young woman in the face with something that renders them unconscious. A man is attacked in a parking lot (we see food boxes strewn on the ground, and do not see the man after the attack). A young woman is grabbed by a man and taken out of a room; she resists, another young woman tells her to urinate on herself and the first young woman strikes her attacker and she falls to the floor (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A young girl holds a loaded gun pointed at a man and he becomes angry and grabs the gun away from her. A young woman slams a man acting as a woman on the back with a chair and the man chases her with a knife; he holds the knife to her abdomen and he threatens her. A young woman slaps a man acting as a young boy in the face and he comes toward her with a baseball bat (he does not hit her). A woman yells at her young son and orders him to come out from under his bed (she is holding a wire hanger and physical abuse is implied). A man sprays a woman in the face and she falls unconscious.
 A young woman breaks a portion of a ceiling using her high heel shoe, and then pulls herself up into a vent and drops out into another area where she runs and hides in a locker until a man finds her. Three young women wake up in a room where they are held by a man. After attempting to escape, a young woman is held in a separate room by a man who abducted her and two other young women. A man acting as a woman slams a knife onto a cutting board when he cuts a sandwich unevenly. A man acting as a beast climbs up a wall and across ceilings in a few scenes. A man transforms into a beast in a couple of scenes and we hear crunching and he moans.
 A man and his young daughter prepare to hunt deer in several scenes and we see a dead deer in one of those scenes (no blood is shown). We see drawings of a monster with dark fur and pointed red teeth. A man acting as a young boy dances wildly in front of a young woman who looks frightened. A man acting as a beast climbs across the top of a train, runs on train tracks and through streets barefoot (a dog barks at him when he is running on the tracks). A man finds a young woman locked in a cage and helps her out.
 A man acting as a boy says, "I'm gonna slap you in the face." A young woman says, "I'm not a monster." A young woman talks about a "mercy invite" about another young woman. A young woman talks about another young woman being in trouble a lot at school and that she yells at teachers. We hear a news report about three young women being abducted and the father of one of them had been attacked but was alive. A man refers to three young women as, "Sacred food." A young woman asks, "Do you think he's gonna feed us to his dogs?" A man acting as a young boy says, "Someone's coming for you" and, "He's done awful things to people and he's gonna do awful things to you." A woman describes a beast as having, "Thick skin like a rhinoceros and it can crawl up walls." A man describes a beast as being, "Big and muscular with long fingers and a mane." We understand that a young girl's father died of a heart attack and that she will remain in the care of her abusive uncle. A reference is made to a young boy being physically abused by his mother at the age of 3. A reference is made to, "Eating the impure young."
 A man acting as a beast is shown with veins bulging through his skin. A young woman is returned to a locked room by a man and we see that her tights are wet, implying that she urinated on herself. A man is shown with blood on his mouth. We see scars on a young woman's shoulders, chest and abdomen (cutting and burn scars).

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word and 1 not fully enunciated derivative, 4 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (victim, crazy, miserable self, dumb [anatomical term deleted], less than, fibber, stupid), exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious exclamation (In The Name Of Mary And Joseph). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man sprays three young women in the face and they fall unconscious, a man acting as a woman injects himself with insulin, and a man sprays a woman in the face and she falls unconscious. A man smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Abduction, DID, the supernatural, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, physical abuse, self-abuse, cutting, OCD, evil, honesty.

MESSAGE - Mental disorders can be difficult to manage.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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