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Take this Waltz [2012] [R] - 8.2.6



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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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When a happy newlywed (Michelle Williams) falls for an artist (Luke Kirby) living across the street, we see the unraveling of her marriage. Also with Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman and Jennifer Podemski. Directed by Sarah Polley. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man and a woman are seen fully nude and having sex; the woman is seen lying on the bed with the man thrusting while kneeling above her (the woman's bare breasts are visible and we see the man's bare buttocks). We see a woman and a man on a chair having sex (the woman's bare breasts are visible as she faces the man while thrusting).
 A wife strips off her clothes in front of her husband and gets into a shower; we see her fully nude, with bare breasts, pubic areas and back. We see several women fully nude in a group shower, including several older women; the women's bare breasts and pubic areas are visible and one of the older women turns around and we see her bare buttocks. We briefly see a woman in the shower and no nudity is visible. We see a wife in the shower and when her husband opens the curtain we see her with her arms wrapped around her chest; no is nudity visible. We see several women and one older man in a swimming pool for water aerobics.
 We see a woman wearing underwear (her bare back is visible), suggestively touching a man as another woman rubs the man's chest (it is implied that they are all having sex together). Two men massage a woman's legs as they lie in bed and it is implied that they are all going to have sex together.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, and we see them sitting down and stripping their clothes off one another. A wife tickles her husband, they wrestle to the ground and the woman is on top of the man; they kiss and the woman pulls away. A husband and his wife are shown in bed (fully clothed), and the man wraps his arms around the woman. A husband and wife are seen in bed together and it is implied that the man and the woman take off their underwear (they are covered by a sheet and no nudity is visible). A husband and his wife kiss and hug. A wife wraps her arms around her husband, kissing his back and the man pushes her away. A husband and his wife briefly kiss. A wife and her husband kiss. A wife and her husband kiss repeatedly as they dance. A man and a woman hold hands and kiss. A husband and his wife kiss through a window; the man walks into the room and then wraps his arms around the woman. A wife kisses her husband and teases him while he is on the phone. A woman imagines herself kissing a man.
 A man and a woman dance together and the man is looking at the woman longingly. A man and a woman swim together; we see the man's bare chest and their bodies are very close. A husband stands behind his wife and wraps her arms around a man's waist. A wife sits on her husband's lap. Men and women hug and kiss on the cheek in greeting.
 A woman tells a man that she wants to know what he would do to her and the man slowly describes kissing the woman's face and body; he then describes how he will kiss her breasts and how he will have sex. A woman climbs into a man's bed, she asks the man what he is going to do next and the man pauses causing the woman to cry, get out of the bed and walk out. A wife cries and tells her husband that it takes courage for her to try to seduce her husband and she cries after he repels her advances. A woman tells a man that she wants to make an appointment to kiss him in 30 years. A woman makes a crude remark that she is so attracted to herself that she would like to have sex with herself. A woman crudely asks a police officer if he had sex with any prostitutes lately. A man reads a woman's book title out loud, and it has a sexual connotation with Hitler spanking; he teases her that she is distracting herself with Hitler spanking her. A woman uses the term "gay" as a joking insult to a man.
 A man and a woman sit side by side in an amusement park ride and they bump into one another repeatedly.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - As part of a historic reenactment, we see a man thrown to the ground, and then dragged away by soldiers when a man in a crowd watching shouts, "When are we going to see a stoning?"; we see a man with his neck chained to a post while a soldier whips him and then pulls a woman from the crowd, the crowd chants and the woman whips the man multiple times.
 A man playfully makes a woman hit her leg with her own hand and we see the woman then punch the man's arm and shoulder repeatedly; a girl looks concerned and we see another woman reassure her that her mother is unharmed.
 A woman shrieks when a man aims sprinkler at her.
 A man asks a woman if she had an accident because she was using a wheelchair, the woman tells the man that she has a "constant issue" with it and needs help and the man later disagrees with the woman.
 A man and a woman make jokes that they love one another so much that they will torture each other ("mash in head with potato masher," "swing you into a meat grinder," "inject your face with swine flu and Ebola," "skin you alive with a potato peeler"). A woman tells a man that he has gone "too far" when he makes a joke that he is going to "rape her with a pair of scissors." A woman remarks that a man's drawing of her looks "like a junkie about to throw herself off a bridge." A husband tells his wife that he went to high school with a man who lost one of his testicles; the man then makes a remark that he still has his genitals.
 On two occasions we see a woman urinating: she sits on a toilet and we hear the sound of urination (on one occasion a man walks out of the room and another occasion her husband kisses her). A woman tells another woman not to pee in the pool, we see a cloud of blue come from the woman and a man shouts that someone had "fouled the pool." A woman teases another woman for urinating in a pool.
 A man makes a woman laugh, and she snorts milk from her nose and gets it on her face.

PROFANITY 6 - About 17 F-words, 5 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, name-calling (moron, you are a bigger idiot than I am, some lunatic, you don't look as stupid as you feel, infinitely hateable, Gaylord, modern day hobo, coward), exclamations (shut up), 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman is visibly drunk while driving and she drives onto a curb, a man explains to another woman that an intoxicated woman left her daughter unattended and needs to be taken in by the police, men and women are seen drinking at a party, a man drinks a beer by himself, a woman tells another woman that she is "waiting to fail" when it comes to recovering as an alcoholic and that she won't wake up in a pile of her own vomit, a man and a woman order martinis and the woman remarks that she cannot get drunk around the man, and a woman jokes that even though she is a recovering alcoholic her friends throw her a "big drunken party." We see a man and a woman smoke cigarettes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Tension in a relationship, fidelity, disappointment, alcoholism.

MESSAGE - Sometimes the grass is not always greener. Relationships take work.

Special Keywords: S8 - V2 - P6 - MPAAR

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