Sunlight Jr. [2013] [R] - 7.5.8

 
 

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Character study of an unmarried couple that struggles with poverty and disability; an unexpected pregnancy complicates their already challenging circumstances. With Norman Reedus, Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon and Tess Harper. Directed by Laurie Collyer. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman crawls into bed, pulls down her pants to expose her underwear and we see a man grab her behind to kiss it; he then flips her around and we see them kiss passionately and then engage in sex: we see the woman's bare breasts for an extended period of time, including while the man performs oral sex on her and we continue to see the woman's bare breasts when the woman thrusts on top of the man (the man's bare chest is visible); we hear sexual moaning and panting throughout.
 We see a woman's bare back and buttocks after she steps out of the shower and walks away. A woman pulls on a pair of pants and we see her brief-style underwear before she pulls on her pants (part of her bare legs is shown). A woman wears a bikini top with shorts (cleavage, bare abdomen and back are shown). A man is seen shirtless and we see his bare chest and back. A man is seen at a river, shirtless and his bare chest is visible. A man is seen topless in bed (his bare chest and a portion of his bare back are visible) with a woman whose chest is covered with blankets but she appears nude.
 A man and a woman are seen in bed together, they kiss passionately and the woman tells the man to not touch her breasts because they are sore. A woman dances seductively in front of a man in a wheelchair; she crawls into the man's lap and they kiss as she grinds against him. A man and a woman kiss passionately, the woman sits on the man's lap as he maneuvers his wheelchair, she stands up and shakes her backside in the man's face, the man smacks her backside and then shoves his face in her back as she makes a sexual remark, implying that the woman plans to have sex with the man. A man and a woman kiss passionately; the man jokingly pushes the woman away and says that they are in public and she needs to stop. A man and a woman kiss, the woman wraps her arms around the man's neck and sits on his lap as he rides his wheelchair. A man and a woman kiss, and the woman leans against the man's chest. A man and a woman kiss briefly. A woman kisses a man. A woman sits on a man's lap as he rides his wheelchair.
 A man makes a crude sexual remark to a woman about another woman performing oral sex on him. A woman tells a man that she is afraid that she will get raped at night if she has to work. A man makes a series of sexual remarks to a woman about how he is still attracted to her and then makes a crude remark about the woman's backside. A woman shouts at a man, saying that a surveillance camera has recorded the man masturbating. A man stocks a shelf with what appear to be pornographic magazines; he holds one and makes a joke that he is going to go to his office to discuss with the magazine. A man makes a crude remark about being able to smell a woman's genitals. A man makes a crude remark about having powerful ejaculate. A man makes a vaguely sexual remark to a woman about her pants being wet.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man grabs another man by the neck and chokes him; the man is lifted out of his wheelchair as he tackles the man, then punches him until a woman pulls the man off the other man -- we see him punch the man extremely hard in the face; the man stands up (the attacker lifts himself back into his wheelchair) and pours trash on the ground. A man shouts in a woman's face, angrily insulting her and ordering her out of his house; the man then slaps the woman in the face, grabs her and shoves her out the door, all while a teen boy watches.
 A man shouts angrily at a woman and throws something off his lap; the two shout at one another until they are interrupted by a man knocking on the door who threatens to call the police until the arguing man points to the woman and says, "See, no broken bones or bruises." A woman angrily shouts at a man and bangs on the hood of his car. A woman shouts at a man, and a man shouts back and beats his fist against a car door, gets into the car and drives away as the woman watches. A man shouts at a woman and they walk away but we continue to hear them shouting from behind closed doors. A man shouts angrily through a locked bathroom door at a woman. We overhear a woman shouting at a group of young children.
 We hear a suction noise and see a woman lying on a cot, and it is implied that we are listening as the woman receives an abortion; we see the doctor leave the woman with her legs up in stirrups (no nudity is visible) and we hear a nurse later giving the woman medical advise to return if her temperature spikes and explains that her medication will cause her uterus to contract and prevent infection. We see a woman sitting on a toilet (her bare upper legs are seen) and she looks at her underwear (we see blood on her underwear); the woman appears panicked and then tells a man that she is sick. A woman sees a series of small bug bites on a boy and the woman angrily remarks that the house has bedbugs. We see a woman sitting on a toilet in a bathroom (no nudity or sounds of urination are heard).
 A man tells a woman that her adult daughter is being stalked by a man and he threatens to shoot the man in retaliation. A woman watches a television news program about a man and a woman being murdered. A man tells a woman that he will kill a man for stalking the woman. A woman tells her adult daughter that she should be happy because her significant other does not beat her. A woman tells her adult daughter that a child she cares for had been "throwing up all night."

PROFANITY 8 - About 38 F-words and its derivatives (including seeing the F-word written out repeatedly by a woman), 6 sexual references, 19 scatological terms (1 mild), 17 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (smart [anatomical term deleted], alcoholic [mild obscenity deleted], gimp, dumb blancito, bum, bat-[scatological term deleted] crazy, freaking losers, jerk-off, crazy, [mild obscenity deleted]-cats, stupid, idiot, cripple), 4 religious profanities (GD), 5 religious exclamations (Jesus, Oh My god, Good Lord, Swear to God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man places four large white pills on a counter and a woman tells him to put them away, a woman tells her adult daughter that her boyfriend had come in "stoned out of his mind," a woman tells her mother that a man is selling pain medication to drug addicts, a man tells a woman that she needs to take a drug test and the woman shouts that she does not do drugs, and a man remarks to a woman that another woman quit her job to become a drug dealer. Men and women drink liquor in a park, two men drink shots of liquor, a man drinks a beer at a bar, a man drinks beer by himself, a woman drinks beer, a man drinks beer from a 40 oz. bottle and he appears intoxicated when he asks a girl to pick up a bottle of beer, a woman hands a man a glass of hard liquor and later appears intoxicated when a woman remarks that he cannot drink so heavily, a woman appears slightly intoxicated as she asks her adult daughter if she wants a beer, a woman declines the offer of a beer and says that she is pregnant, a woman tells her mother that she should stop drinking, and a man tells a woman that they will purchase beer. A woman smokes throughout the movie and while she is pregnant, a man smokes throughout the movie, and men and women smoke cigarettes on multiple occasions throughout the movie.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Abortion, poverty, abuse in a relationship, alcoholism, drug abuse, pregnancy, disappointment.

MESSAGE - Poverty and abuse create unhealthy relationships.

Special Keywords: S7 - V5 - P8 - MPAAR

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