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Third Person [2014] [R] - 7.5.6

 
 

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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
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Paris, Rome and New York City are all home to romantic couples suffering uncertainty, betrayal and heartbreak: A Pulitzer Prize winner and a younger woman (Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde) play house in Paris, while a white collar criminal falls for a Roma woman (Adrien Brody and Moran Atias) plagued by a kidnapping. Meanwhile, an American soap opera has-been fights for visitation rights with her son against her famous artist ex-husband (Mila Kunis and James Franco). Also with Kim Basinger, Maria Bello and Loan Chabanol. Directed by Paul Haggis. [2:17]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman appears completely nude in an extended scene where she runs down hotel stairs and hallways to her own room after her lover locks her out of his room when she drops a robe at his doorway, and appears in frontal nudity except for the genital area; while running away, she appears in full back nudity (we occasionally see the side of one breast) as a man and a woman watch her from hotel security monitors. A woman wears a one-piece bathing suit that we see from behind. A few women wear low-cut tops that expose moderate cleavage; short skirts reveal much of their bare legs. A woman changes clothing while in a cab and we see cleavage jiggling in a bra, bared midriff and bare thighs. A woman wears a man's long-sleeved shirt in a hotel room, revealing legs; a close-up shot reveals her buttocks and thong panties. A woman wears a strapless dress, revealing cleavage, along with bare shoulders and arms. A woman wears tight-fitting jeans that emphasize her hips and thighs. A man is shown shirtless, revealing his full bare chest, back, arms and shoulders, with fat jiggling around his waist.
 A man and a woman in a hotel room pull each other's clothing off and have sex with the man on top, grunting and gasping: we see her bra and some cleavage, and her bare lower legs wrapped around the shirtless man, with high heels on her feet (we see his bare chest, back, shoulders and arms); they kiss passionately and the scene ends.
 A woman visits an elderly man's hotel room where he embraces her at the door, lifts the back of her blouse and reaches for her bra closure; the camera cuts to the couple in bed with his bare back to the camera (sex is implied to have occurred) and covered with a sheet, and she reveals bare shoulders, arms, lower legs and partial thighs, but we see her in full back nudity in a nearby mirror.
 A man wearing a robe and a woman under covers in a bed reveal bare lower legs and her bare shoulders and arms; they curl up toe-to-head, caress each other's feet and legs and then kiss passionately (sex is implied as the scene ends).
 A man reaches down the blouse of a seated woman in a café and tells the woman's male friend that he should feel this (her breast); then says about her unseen daughter that "She has [anatomical term deleted] just like her mother."
 A woman sits on a man's lap on a couch and kisses him briefly. A man and a woman lie in bed clothed, talking.
 We hear that a woman has had an ongoing sexual relationship with her father and she calls him after a sexual episode and asks forgiveness, he asks her to return, but she cries and refuses. A married man lives with a younger, single woman and we hear that he has been unfaithful to his wife many times and many people know about it. A man asks his new girlfriend if she has a husband or a pimp, and she denies both; he says that she does not look like a whore. A single woman says that she dates and lives with married men, because she feels they cannot harm her emotionally.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman says that she has five thousand euros in cash for ransom to pay smugglers who are holding her daughter in a boat; she and a man argue several times and she hits him on the shoulder several times with a frying pan; a kidnapper, whose arms and upper chest are tattooed with faces and roses, threatens them both for additional money and holds a handgun on them in a cafe; the woman hits the gunman and they fall, struggling, but the kidnapper grabs the fallen gun and tells the other man and the woman to go and bring back more money.
 We hear that a young boy nearly died of suffocation from a dry cleaner's plastic bag; his mother is blamed for child neglect and argues continually about not being allowed visitation rights; she cries violently and screams in her ex-husband's apartment, while he accuses her of mental illness and drags her to the doorway by her ankle, upsetting furniture and wrinkling the carpeting; their child runs after them, the man's girlfriend pushes the man into a wall, and the mother takes the boy and runs away into an elevator (while hugging the boy); the man runs down dark, dirty stairs, falls into piles of trash, and finds the boy alone in the elevator, unharmed. We hear that in two incidents, a little boy and a little girl drowned in backyard swimming pools of fathers who took a cell phone call instead of watching the children.
 A woman drives erratically though a pedestrian-only piazza, but no one is harmed.
 A woman bites a man lightly on his clothed forearm before they have sex (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and later that day she bites his clothed shoulder lightly.
 A little boy calls out "Yuk!" twice about his father's painting with his hands, then shouts at his father and rubs his own hand full of blue paint down an expensive painting. A woman walks into a room containing hundreds of white roses and becomes tearful, then another woman enters the room later, and breaks most of the glass vases with a vacuum cleaner that she swings into them; she sits in shattered glass (we see no blood). Several men and women throw cell phones onto hard surfaces, breaking them; one phone lands in a pot of cold water on a counter and loses power. A woman throws a man's watch into a sink of water, trying to destroy it, but it still works.
 A woman cries loudly and argues with her attorney, friends and ex-husband in many scenes. A male and a woman make many sarcastic remarks to each other, like when he asks her if she is trying to kill him by making him walk on a staircase and she implies that he is old; he says that he loves her and then says that he does not love her; he asks a hotel clerk if the woman appears to be armed, and they argue often and loudly about books, writing, his estranged wife and her long-time male friend. A man argues loudly with business partners on a cell phone. A man argues with his publisher and editor about his book. A woman cries loudly in her boyfriend's arms as he lays her, clothed, to rest after a visit to another man (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A woman opens a new book written by her boyfriend, finds herself in it, looks shocked and runs away from him, crying. A woman comforts another woman who is crying violently while sitting on the floor of a public washroom.
 On Italian TV in a bar, we see large flames in the background behind a female reporter speaking about a bombing; people in the bar shout that a purse someone left behind must be a bomb and they run into the street, arguing about it and a man in the street takes a child's shoe from the purse while another man shouts that it must be a shoe bomb, but it is not.
 A woman flosses her teeth with her long hair (we see no debris).

PROFANITY 6 - About 17 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 4 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, fool, idiot, thief, greedy, lazy bastard, Richie Rich, irresponsible, older, lame), stereotypical references to men, women, parents, writers, corrupt businessmen, attorneys, Italians, gypsies, kidnappers, abused children, exclamations (shut-up), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, For Christ's Sake, God, Oh God, God Now Hates Me). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two scenes show a man or a woman swallowing prescription medications, a man's desk features two prescription bottles without labels in several scenes, and we see her unmarked pill bottle by her bedside. A woman at a bar drinks a shot of brandy and a man near her drinks a bottle of beer before ordering and drinking two shots of brandy and he pays for another shot for her, men and women drink short glasses of whiskey and mixed drinks in a dance club, a bottle of wine and some wine in a glass are seen on a desk in a hotel room in dozens of scenes, a man offers wine to a woman visitor as the camera cuts away and we later see a wine glass with a little wine in it (as if she has drunk some wine), a man says sarcastically that wine would turn to vinegar if a woman drank it, and an empty wine bottle lies at a maid's feet in a hotel room. Dozens of scenes show heavy cigarette smoke curling up from butt-filled ashtrays in front of a man or a woman seated at a desk or a table, a man blows smoke into the camera from a dimly lit room, a close-up shows a lit cigar between the fingers of a woman's hand, a woman smokes a cigarette while seated on a toilet and flushes it down the commode, a woman at a bar entrance smokes a cigarette and flicks it into the street, a woman flicks a cigarette butt out a car window, a maid spills cigarette butts in a hotel room and vacuums them up, and a cigar store features some packages of cigars and cigarettes in its window in a long shot.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, love, marriage, families, fidelity, trust, betrayal, child neglect, incest, kidnapping, burning out at work, sweatshops, corrupt businesses.

MESSAGE - People sometimes fall in love for strange reasons.

Special Keywords: S7 - V5 - P6 - MPAAR

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