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Stone [2010] [R] - 8.7.10



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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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When a convicted arsonist (Edward Norton) meets his parole officer (Robert DeNiro), their interview process changes both of their lives after the convict uses his beautiful wife (Milla Jovovich) to manipulate the system. Also with Frances Conroy and Peter Lewis. Directed by John Curran. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man and a woman are seen, their bare legs are rubbing against one another, and the woman (her bare breasts and bare back are visible) is seen straddling the man while rubbing her hand over his face; she thrusts on top of the man engaging in active sex. A man, fully nude (his bare buttocks are visible), is seen thrusting on top of a woman.
 A woman walks around, implied to be fully nude -- her bare breasts are seen in profile and she grabs and holds them seductively. A woman implies that she is not wearing underpants under a skirt; a man places his hand under the woman's skirt, she begins to moan and attempts to touch the man's crotch (the man pulls away from her).
 A woman takes a man by the hand and pushes him down on a bed, and it is implied they are about to have sex. A woman and a man kiss passionately on multiple occasions, until another man shouts at them to stop.
 A woman holds a man's hand and puts her legs over his lap as she seductively tells him that she thinks about him all the time. A man implies to a woman that he wants to have sex with her, and the woman turns him down. A woman tells a man breathlessly that she misses having a man in her bed.
 Using very detailed crude language a man tells another man that he wants to have sex with a woman and then implies that the man would also want to have sex with the woman if he had seen her. A man, using crude language, asks another man about the physical details of his relationship with his wife and how he performs sexually as an older man. A man tells another man, using crude language, that a woman had told him that she had performed oral sex on the man. A man uses crude language to ask another man if he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old, and the man responds that he had not and to not to ask questions like that.
 A man watches as a teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss briefly. A man and a woman hug and the man kisses the woman on the cheek and neck. A man and a woman are seen lying in bed, side-by-side.
 It is implied that a man washes his genitals: we see him soap up his hands and rub them in the unseen area of his crotch. We see a young girl's underpants when a woman lifts her up and her dress hikes up slightly.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man watches as two other men attack a third man: one of the men guards the area while the other stabs the victim many times in the back and neck; blood flies from the wounds, covering the dying man, blood is seen pooling at the multiple stab wounds and splatters the man who's watching, as well as the man doing the stabbing.
 A man describes how he had stood outside a house while another man went inside and shot an elderly man and an elderly woman and then helped him set the house on fire -- we see flashbacks to the incident, including seeing the body of a deceased elderly man, blood pouring from a deep cut on his neck, and the deceased body of an elderly woman, face-down, with blood on her legs, while the young man pours gasoline on and around their bodies and sets them on fire (the man describes how he had watched their bodies burn without feeling remorse).
 The decaying corpse of a deer is seen in a field; the eyeballs are filled with maggots and flies and maggots are crawling over the carcass.
 A man and a woman race out of a burning house after another man, holding a gun, discovers the kitchen on fire.
 A man holds a sleeping young girl in his arms, shoves her out of the second story window of a house and threatens to drop but then brings her in and lays her back on a bed. A man holds a gun up to the face of another man, forces him to walk into an alley, and slams the man into a wall and pushes the gun against his cheek (he does not shoot).
 Angry shouts are heard as lights go out in a prison. A corrections officer shouts at a man. A man shouts at another man, and calls for another man to handcuff a man. A man shouts at a woman and shoves her into a car.
 We hear one side of a man's conversation, which implies he has just been told a person died; we later see him standing next to a coffin at a funeral.
 A man tells a crowd of people that as a young boy he had thrown a hammer at another boy's head, cutting it and leaving a scar. On two occasions, a man tells a woman that he had envisioned killing himself, but could not because he was not brave enough. A man asks another man if he had killed anyone during his military service or in a bar fight. A man tells another man that sometimes he believes it would just be easier if someone had shot him. A woman tells a man that she thinks microwaves cause brain tumors, which lead to death. A man tells another man that lingering neck pain could be from being hung in a previous life. A woman tells an unseen child to not bite another child.
 Throughout the movie, prison guards are seen patrolling a prison while holding guns, a man is carrying a gun in a briefcase, holding onto it while sitting on a porch, and checking it at a checkpoint before entering a building.
 A female driver passes two cars by driving on the wrong side of the road and speeding past them as they honk. A man rushes past a woman, bumping into her. A woman slams a window and crushes a bee in the sill.

PROFANITY 10 - About 56 F-words and its derivatives, a man makes reference to an obscene hand gesture but we do not see the gesture nor does he explain it, 10 sexual references, 37 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (scrubs, animal, nut job, freak, filthy rats, meatballs, idiot, silly, boils), 12 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man is identified by a woman as having been an "addict" and tells a story about a time when he was high on an unidentified substance. A man drinks to the point of inebriation (he stumbles when he stands up and drives under the influence of alcohol), a man and a woman drink presumably alcoholic drinks frequently, a group of men and women are seen drinking in a bar setting, a group of women are seen smoking and drinking at a card game, and a man is seen buying bottles of alcohol at a store. One man and three women are seen smoking cigarettes throughout the movie.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Obscure religions, Episcopalians, arson, parole process, marriage, divorce, child endangerment, meditation, religious and spiritual awakenings, manipulation, talk radio, retirement, reincarnation.

MESSAGE - It takes a lot to change a person's attitude and perspective.

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