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Stay [2005] [R] - 6.6.6



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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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Ewan McGregor stars as a psychologist who decides to treat a college fine arts student (Ryan Gosling) who's threatening to commit suicide. Bits and pieces of the puzzle of his life come together, as the doctor tries to keep him from ending it. Meanwhile, the patient makes bizarre predictions that seem to come true. Also with Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Reaser, Ryan Gosling and Bob Hoskins. Directed by Marc Forster. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man goes into a "peep-o-rama" where women in skimpy outfits (revealing bare buttocks, thighs, bare abdomens and cleavage) dance around poles while men watch, during an extended scene. Women wear short tops in a few scenes that reveal bare abdomens.
 A man and a woman kiss, and a man and a woman kiss and hug in a few scenes. People dance together -- male couples, female couples and mixed sex couples.
 A woman tells a man that she wants to kiss him, but does not. A man tells his girlfriend that they can take a bath together. A man tells his girlfriend to take off her clothes. A woman says of an art professor that he wants to have sex with, "every boy in his class."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - We see a car accident: we hear a loud pop, the car skids, flips over, we see sparks flying, we hear metal rubbing the ground, and we hear people screaming as the car slides along the roadway and bursts into flames; we see people in the car with bloody wounds and a woman's body on the hood of the car having crashed through it. A dog snarls and bites a man's arm, and we hear a crunch.
 A woman wears a scarf wrapped around her head, a spot of blood appears on the scarf and then blood pours from that spot. A woman's head bleeds profusely and a pool of blood collects at her feet.
 A man with a bloody head wound lies on a road. We very briefly see what looks like it could be a decapitated body. We see several paintings of dead people and people being killed with bloody wounds and tortured faces. A man imagines seeing people with bloody wounds.
 A man puts his cigarette out on his arm (we see other scars on his arm, suggesting he has done this before, as well as cut scars that may be from suicide attempts). A woman has long scars on her wrists from a suicide attempt.
 A man puts a gun in his mouth (the scene ends there). A man slams another man against a wall and holds a gun to his stomach. A woman struggles and thrashes as people hold her and a man gives her an injection.
 A man slips and hits his head on narrow stairs (he wakes up and is OK). A man kicks a table and knocks it over spilling the things that are on it. We see from the viewpoint of a car tire, as the tire blows out, the car skids, flips over and bursts into flames.
 A woman talks about hating her life so much that she brought a back up razor to make sure that when she cut her wrists she did it right. A man says, "I saw the blood and watched him die" (referring to his father). A man tells a man that he killed his parents. A man talks about another man dreaming that his son was burning and calling for help. A man talks about having to put his dog to sleep. A man talks about torching his car, and a man talks about hearing voices. A woman talks about taking pills and drinking alcohol to stop feeling.

PROFANITY 6 - 18 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (klutz), 2 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks whiskey. A man smokes a cigarette on a train, and a man smokes cigarettes in many scenes. A woman talks about taking pills and drinking alcohol to "kill the feelings."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Suicide, guilt, death of loved ones, psychoses, mental illness, telepathy, Hamlet, Freud, paranoia, depression, human failure, homosexuality, forgiveness, death of parents, death of loved ones.

MESSAGE - There is too much beauty in life to give up on it. The world is an illusion.

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