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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

A man who just wants to be left alone moves into a rural town's abandoned train depot. However, another man who operates a mobile snack shop and has an insatiable appetite for conversation insinuates himself into his life, and then a woman whose young son has recently died is also brought into the mix. The three do their best not to get too close to each other, but eventually have to give in and admit that they do indeed care about each other. With Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Michelle Williams and Paul Benjamin. Directed by Tom McCarthy. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman kisses a man, and a man kisses a woman, and a man and a woman hug. Two men talk about whether one of them has had sex with women. A man tries to get another man and a woman together in a relationship. A man assumes that a man and a woman slept together when she comes out of his house in the morning (they did not). We see the side of a woman's breast and her bare back as she wraps herself in a towel after bathing (she goes to her door to greet two men while wrapped in the towel). A woman sits in her bra and underwear, a man is shown bare-chested briefly while changing his shirt. A woman wears low-cut, short tops that reveal cleavage and bare midriff and a woman wears a mini-skirt that shows her bare thighs. An unmarried woman says she's pregnant. A woman says "I slept with a guy because he rolled his own cigarettes."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We hear a thud and see a man lying motionless on the floor (he died). A woman talks about her young son having died. A woman takes an overdose of pills trying to commit suicide (we see her unconscious). A man shoves a woman to the ground and shoves a man into a car. A car swerves on a road and nearly hits a man walking on the shoulder (he jumps out of the way and falls down a small hill), a car swerves on a road and nearly hits the same man later (he jumps out of the way again and into brush). A woman yells at a man, a man and a woman argue in person and over the telephone. A man gets very drunk, stands on a bar stool, throws a glass into the wall, falls off the chair, leaves the bar, falls onto railroad tracks and a train approaches (we see him asleep on the tracks the next morning). A woman spills hot coffee on her lap and yells. A woman screams and drops books on the floor when she sees a man for the first time. A woman falls on the floor when a ticket box tips over on her. People repeatedly tease a man about his low stature: they giggle, make jokes, point and make offensive comments.

PROFANITY 6 - 13 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 17 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Loneliness, death of a child, grief, divorce, friendship, being different, train chasing, railroad expansion, unplanned pregnancy, suicide, facing your fears.

MESSAGE - Life is short, enjoy it.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes, cigars and marijuana. People are shown drinking alcohol, one to the point of extreme inebriation.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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