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The Theory of Everything [2014] [PG-13] - 4.3.2



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The life story of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), through his marriage, divorce and the challenges of ALS. Also with Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry, Finlay Wright-Stephens, Harry Lloyd, Alice Orr-Ewing and David Thewlis. Directed by James Marsh. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman finds a Penthouse magazine in a man's mail and opens it; she places it on a pedestal and flips the pages so that the man can see the pictures and we see a photo of a fully nude woman lying on her stomach (her bare shoulders, back and the side of her breast, nipple and buttocks are seen). A young man is shown in a bathtub and his bare back, chest and shoulders are visible. Women wear sleeveless dresses that reveal bare shoulders and upper backs at a party. A young woman wears a dress that is low-cut in the back and reveals part of her bare back and shoulders.
 A husband and his wife kiss while seated in bed. A husband and his wife lie in bed and she caresses his cheek. A young man holds a young woman's hand and they dance followed by a kiss. A man and a woman hug and kiss. A young man and a young woman kiss. A husband and his wife kiss at their wedding.
 Young men and young women are shown dancing at a party; as the party progresses the couples dance more closely. A young man and a young woman hold hands. A young man and a young woman talk and flirt during a party and she gives him her phone number as she is leaving. A married woman goes to the door of a tent where a man is sleeping and calls his name (the implication is that they are intimate but nothing is shown). A man and a woman appear to be attracted to each other (she is married to another man) and later admit to having feelings for each other.
 A husband tells his wife that he has asked another woman to travel with him and care for him. A young man asks another young man if his genitals work and the second man replies that it's "a different system." A young man asks another young man if he has a venereal disease. A comment is made about a man having an affair. A comment is made about a man probably being gay, "judging from his jumper." Two young men talk about a subscription to Penthouse magazine.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man in a crowded concert hall coughs and spits up blood; he is taken out of the room on a stretcher and we see him unconscious and on life support in the hospital later (we hear that his is in a coma). A man is prepped for a tracheotomy and we see the scalpel blade press against his skin (no blood is shown) after a pen is used to mark the spot. A young man trips and falls on a sidewalk striking his head hard on the cement (his glasses break and we see a bit of blood on his face). A man at a table begins to choke and a woman pounds him on the back until he dislodges something from his throat (he spits food out). A young man is X-rayed after a fall and we see a scratch on his cheek; a doctor inserts a needle into the man's back and we see a dribble of fluid (presumably spinal fluid).
 A young man is shown dragging himself up a flight of stairs with great difficulty. A man is shown to be having trouble feeding himself when he is unable to raise a fork to his mouth. A young man is shown to be having trouble walking and he drags one of his feet; he is then shown walking with a cane and then two canes as his disease progresses. A man lifts another man off the toilet (he is fully clothed) and appears to have cleaned him. We hear that a man has pneumonia.
 A doctor tells a young man that he has a disease that will lead to gradual muscle decay and that he is expected to live only 2 years. A reference is made to ban the bomb marches. A reference is made to "God must die."
 A young man pushes another young man in a wheelchair down a flight of stairs (the man in the chair is jostled but unharmed). Two young men riding bicycles speed along sidewalks and crowded pedestrian areas (no one is harmed). A man is shown seated in a wheelchair and spinning around in circles. A man is shown in a wheelchair and is wearing a paper bag mask while calling out "exterminate" like a Dalek.

PROFANITY 2 - 2 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (dull, strange, old man, quacks, celestial dictator, philistine), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Young men and young women drink what we presume are alcoholic beverages at a college party, young men are shown in a pub drinking beer while playing pin ball, a man pours wine with a meal and several men and women at the table drink, several young men and young women toast with and drink champagne, men and women drink champagne at a gathering, two men drink bottles of beer in a church, a woman opens and pours a bottle of wine, and young men and women are shown with alcoholic beverages while seated at a table in a pub.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease), physicists, genius, space and time, black holes, deciding one's future, marriage, caring for a loved one with a debilitating disease, pornography, leukemia, loneliness, ambition, sin, existence of God, infidelity, divorce.

MESSAGE - The will to survive can be immense. There is almost no boundary to human endeavor.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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