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Sunshine Cleaning [2009] [R] - 6.7.6



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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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Two sisters (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt), one a single Mom with financial issues, the other a reckless free-spirit with no direction in life, create their own crime scene clean-up business with the help of their father (Alan Arkin). Also with Steve Zahn, Clifton Collins Jr., Jason Spevack and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Directed by Christine Jeffs. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man thrusts into a woman implying aggressive intercourse (he is on top of her on a couch) and he moans as the couch shakes (she is clothed, we see his bare back and the side of his chest); she tells him to stop and he does.
 A married man meets a woman in a motel room in various scenes for sex (they are not married to each other): the man is seen pulling up his pants (we see his bare legs, bare buttocks, back and chest), the woman is seen putting on her bra (her cleavage is shown as well as her bare abdomen and legs), and in one scene the man and the woman undress each other (his bare chest is shown, and she stands in underwear and a bra), the man kisses the woman's neck, the woman falls on top of the man and onto a bed straddling him, and she kisses him.
 A woman lies in bed in a negligee (we see the outline of her breasts and nipples). A woman is seen getting dressed (she is in a strapless bra and panties, and we see her bare legs, abdomen, cleavage, arms and shoulders). Women are shown in bikinis during a pool party. A woman is shown in the shower: we see her bare shoulders and the top of her chest.
 A woman eats candy off another woman's candy necklace in a sexually suggestive manner. A man grabs a woman's face and talks to her tenderly.
 A pregnant woman confronts another woman about having an affair with her husband. A woman cries and says, "I'm good at getting guys to want me… not to marry me."

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man walks into a gun and ammo store, asks the clerk to see a 20 gauge shotgun, takes a shell from his pocket, loads the gun, points it under his chin and pulls the trigger (we do not see him shoot himself and we see the clerk with blood splatter on his face while he is talking to police).
 In a crime investigation scene, a pool of blood with flesh-like matter is shown. A dismembered finger is shown in a sink with blood surrounding it. A mattress is shown with a large blood stain on it. Two women carry a blood-stained mattress, and one of the women falls on it and curses, disgusted. A shower wall is covered in blood. Two women scrub blood off a shower, a sink and a mirror. A woman places bloody items into a washing machine. A woman walks into a room and finds a recliner with a large blood stain on it.
 Two small girls find a pool of blood on a bathroom floor, and we see the back of a woman's head lying in a bathtub (one of the children is shown crying after finding her dead mother).
 A woman enters a house where a crime has occurred and is offended by the smell of kitty litter (we see a blood stain on a mattress, and dirty kitty litter in a pan). A woman finds a brown paper bag with large maggots all over it and she screams.
 A woman chases a kitten outdoors and in the process knocks over a candle and starts a fire; she tries to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, a sink hose and a blanket, but the room goes up in flames, and the house is shown on fire with large flames and plumes of smoke and firefighters are attempting to extinguish the fire.
 Police officers at a crime scene joke about how far a man's blood and brains have traveled around different parts of a store. A woman gets a call about cleaning up after a suicide and tells her child, "It's a good thing." A woman is upset after her husband has committed suicide. A woman talks about her mother committing suicide. Two women yell, cry and argue over a woman burning down a house by accident. A woman calls the house of a man she is having an affair with and he yells, "What are you calling here for?" Two women cry and discuss their relationship and their deceased mother. A pregnant woman confronts another woman about having an affair with her husband. A woman talks about remembering her mother's funeral only because her shoes hurt her feet. A woman tells another woman that she's seen a dead body and that the body was her mother. A man mentions a "domestic disturbance." A woman tells another woman that her lover will never leave his wife and calls her pathetic. A woman yells at another woman. A woman cries when she ends a relationship with a man. Two women cry when they see their mother on television. A woman cries and calls herself a "loser." A woman calls her mother "a pathetic drunk." A woman cries in her car. A woman calls a man "creepy" because he has one arm. A woman tells a young boy – in the context of a story – that a lobster has "O.C.D." A young boy is expelled and taken out of school. A principal at a school tells a young boy's mother that he needs medication. An eight-year old child calls himself "stupid" and says they want to put him in the "retard class." An eight year-old-boy talks about Heaven, death and asks, "Am I a bastard?" A woman gives an eight-year old boy a temporary tattoo that shows a cartoonish devil and reads "Lil' bastard" and he wears it on his arm.
 In various scenes, people discuss cleaning up after dead people, cleaning blood and bodily fluids, suicide, biohazard clean-up, crime scenes, proper licensing for biohazard clean-up, cleaning products, and insurance. In one scene, a woman takes a course involving certification in handling blood borne pathogens.
 A woman is offended by a smell at a crime scene, gags, and runs into a bathroom to vomit (we hear the sound of her vomiting but we do not see it). A woman donates blood, comments on the size of the needle and tube and we see blood going through a large clear tube.
 An eight-year-old boy sticks out his tongue and licks a wall in a school hallway. A man dumps raw shrimp into his bathtub (two people comment on the offensive smell). An eight-year-old boy gets into trouble in school for licking walls, an aquarium, and a teacher's leg.
 A woman climbs up a train trestle and sticks her hand through the train tracks as an oncoming train approaches (she removes her hand and is not hurt).

PROFANITY 6 - About 14 F-words, 3 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 4 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations, name-calling (idiot, loser, pathetic, stupid, creepy, hacks). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman smokes marijuana cigarettes in two scenes, and a woman offers another woman marijuana. A woman drinks a beer while she babysits a child, and people are shown drinking alcohol in a few scenes. A woman smokes a cigarette in a couple of scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crime scene clean-up, biohazard clean-up, high-school popularity, single motherhood, infidelity, outcasts, family bonds, death of a loved one, losing a parent at a young age, blood, suicide, substance abuse, starting your own business, financial hardships, supportive parent and grandparent, sensitivity, compassion.

MESSAGE - If you believe in your abilities, and are surrounded by loving people who support you (no matter how dysfunctional they may be), the possibilities for improving your life are endless.

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