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Suffragette [2015] [PG-13] - 3.5.5



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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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The story of early days of the fight for women's right-to-vote in the United Kingdom and the violent outcomes for the women who dared to stand up to tradition and the men in power. With Anne-Marie Duff, Grace Stottor, Geoff Bell, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Lawrence, Shelley Longworth, Adam Michael Dodd, Ben Whishaw, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson and Meryl Streep. Directed by Sarah Gavron. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Women are stripped of their clothing in jail and given a uniform (we see bare buttocks, backs, legs, abdomen and the upper chest area; arms are folded across breasts). Women change clothes after their work shift and we see some wearing slips that reveal bare shoulders and upper chest. A woman wears a night dress that reveals cleavage (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman dresses and undresses in a few scenes and we see her wearing undergarments that reveal her cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
 A woman walks into an office and sees a man leaning over a pre-teen girl and kissing her as she squirms and protests; the man stops when he realizes that the woman has seen him (it is implied that the man molests the girl and others). A woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 A man (he's the boss) in a workplace speaks to a female employee, whispers in her ear and caresses her clothed waist (suggesting that he might have molested her previously).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman climbs through railings and onto a horse race track as a horse approaches at full gallop; she is struck by the horse, and the horse falls and throws its rider (we see the woman, the rider and the horse lying motionless on the track as people in the crowd scream and the woman's face is bloody).
 When women shout at government officials after they announce a decision, police with clubs move toward the women, shove them, poke them with their clubs and strike them; we see women fall to the ground with bloody heads and others are dragged to a police vehicle and taken away. Many police officers with clubs attack women gathered in a street and we see women running away; several are struck and grabbed and a man tells a few to be taken home for their husbands to deal with them. A woman slams a hot iron down on a man's hand and he yells in pain (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). Several women throw stones through store front windows shattering the glass and other people around them scream and run through the streets; one young woman is knocked to the ground (we see her with cuts on her hands later). Many people gather and march through streets for a woman's funeral (we see newsreel footage of this also).
 A man's house is planted with explosives and blown up (no one is inside). Several letter boxes are blown up non streets (no one is injured).
 A man tells his estranged wife that he is giving their son to another couple to adopt; she yells and struggles and slaps the man repeatedly after the couple and child leave.
 A woman in jail refuses to eat and a man and two women force feed her; we see them hold her down in a chair, force a tube up her nose and pour milk through the tube (she yells and gags).
 A husband throws some of his wife's belongings out the door at her when she is brought home by the police; he then slams the door in her face and she pounds on the door briefly before walking away in the night. A man yells at his young son walking on the street and shakes him by the shoulders. A husband refuses to let his estranged wife see her son; she stands in the rain outside their house and waits for him to come to the window. Jail guards pound clubs on railings and it frightens a woman in a cell. We see women in jail cells in several scenes. A man questions a woman in an interrogation room in a jail.
 A woman is shown with a very badly bruised face presumably from having been beaten by her husband. A woman wearing a night dress that reveals her bare shoulders is shown to have discoloration on her shoulder that could be a burn (we don't hear about it). Several women are shown with bruised faces when they are released from jail. A woman wraps her bare feet with cloth (we see scabbed wounds).
 Two women argue about planning to blow up a minister's house. A woman tells a large gathering of women to "be militant" and "defy this government." A man directs another man to punish suffragettes "In any way that you can." We hear that a woman is on a hunger strike while in jail. A couple of husbands yell at their wives and tell them that they "will act like a wife." A man yells at a woman for being late to work and she apologizes. A woman talks about working in a laundry and that she was born there and her mother died there; she describes that a vat tipped over on her and that she was scalded. A woman describes the injuries that women sustain while working in a laundry and says that some have had their fingers crushed, others have been poisoned by chemicals and most suffer from ulcers on their legs. We hear men discussing women being incapable of having a balance of mind and that they should not be granted the right to vote. A woman says that the law should be made respectable if she is going to behave respectably. A woman is described as being educated without scruples. A man is described as a violent drunk. A man says that a woman "Spits out children." A man tells a woman that her husband should "Knock some sense into you." A woman describes a mattress as a "bed of bleeding nails." A man tells a woman, "You are nothing in this world, you are fodder." A man tells a woman that she can be free if she will inform on her compatriots (she declines). A boy tells his mother that his father tells him that she is "Not right in the head." A man says that his wife will not survive another protest and says that her heart can't take it. We read that in 1918 some women over the age of 30 were permitted to vote and in 1928 women over the age of 21 earned the right to vote. We read a list of countries and when women were permitted to vote.
 Two women sit on a bed and it breaks beneath them; they laugh.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, scatological terms, anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (saucy cow, liar, disgrace, "filthy panks" is painted on the outside wall of a store, hypocrite), exclamations (shut your bleeding cake hole, bleeding). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Three women drink from a flask, and people are shown drinking champagne at a horse race. A man smokes a cigarette in a few scenes, a man smokes in his home in a few scenes, and a woman smokes in an outhouse.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Women's right to vote, equal rights for women, civil disobedience, covert surveillance, shame, the role of women, sacrifice, anarchy, betrayal, war, martyrdom.

MESSAGE - It should be every person's right to define their own destiny. Never give up the fight.

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