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The Time Traveler's Wife [2009] [PG-13] - 6.5.4



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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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A love story about a man (Eric Bana) with a genetic mutation that causes him to time travel and how his wife (Rachel McAdams) learns to love him in the past, present and future, while dealing with the unpredictability of his absences. Also with Ron Livingston, Jane McLean, Arliss Howard and Stephen Tobolowsky. Directed by Robert Schwentke. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman embrace in a passionate kiss: the woman takes off the man's jacket, lifts up his shirt to expose part of his bare stomach, they sit on a couch, she straddles his lap, they continue to kiss and the man caresses the woman's body, including her clothed breasts.
 A woman, fully clothed, sleeps in a bed, where a man, also fully clothed, sits beside her; the man kisses the woman's hand to wake her up, she puts her hand on his face, they begin to kiss passionately, the man lies on top of the woman and it is implied that they have intercourse. A man and a woman kiss in a parked car in an abandoned parking lot, and the woman climbs on top of the man straddling him (it is confirmed later that they engage in intercourse in the car). The reflection of a man's bare buttocks is shown in a television set, the man climbs into bed with a woman, he pulls the sheets over his chest and he and the woman kiss (it is implied that they have intercourse). A man and a woman are shown lying in bed together (it is implied that they have had intercourse) and the man's bare chest and bare legs are shown.
 A man and a woman sit on a park bench, their legs are wrapped around each other's, they embrace in a passionate kiss and they caress each other's faces lovingly. A man and a woman embrace, she cradles the man's face in her hands and they share a passionate kiss. A man kisses a young woman, she turns away from him, he turns her around and they share a lingering kiss. A man kisses a woman on the cheek, and then on the lips. A woman caresses the face of a man affectionately, he reproaches her, but she continues to touch his face and tells him that she loves him. A man and a woman embrace, with the woman sitting on his lap and running her fingers through his hair and tracing his face, while the man holds her face in his hands, lovingly caresses her neck and they kiss. A woman kisses a man on the forehead, and cradles his head to comfort him.
 A man and a woman dance, holding each other tightly. A man, a woman and a young girl sit together on a sofa, the man and woman touch one another, and they share a loving kiss.
 A man carries a woman into a bedroom, they look at the bed, and then jump up and down on the bed. A man and a woman hold hands and look longingly into each other's eyes. A man walks by another man and a woman about to kiss. A man passes another man and a woman who are embracing. A woman looks a man up and down, and then comments on his appearance. A man and a woman are shown sitting on a sofa, the woman rests her head on the man's shoulder. A man kisses a woman on the cheek in a few scenes. A man and a woman walk arm in arm in a few scenes. A man places his hand on a woman's arm in a friendly way. A man kisses a woman on the cheek in greeting. A man and a woman attempt to embrace, and the woman is kneeling on the floor and cradling the man's head in her lap.
 A young boy, presumably nude (his bare chest is shown), is wrapped in a blanket by a man, and the man puts his hand on the boy's shoulder and gives him a friendly kiss on the forehead. A woman and a man are shown sleeping in separate beds.
 A woman tells a man that she is pregnant from having intercourse with him previously and she jokes that it was not cheating since it was intercourse with him, although it was in the past. A man tells a woman about the first kiss they shared when she was 18, saying it had been sweet. After disclosing that he has had a vasectomy, a man and a woman have a heated argument and she weeps. A man jokes to a woman that he and another man need a half hour to put their pants on. A woman jokes that she is a bigamist. A woman comments to another woman that a man is cute. A man jokes with a young girl that when he appears he is not wearing even a stitch of clothing.
 A man stands nude in an alley: his bare buttocks and back are shown, and he turns and his bare chest and shoulders are shown. A bare-chested man walks into a room and talks to a woman who's wearing a shirt buttoned low (cleavage is visible) and not wearing pants (her upper leg is visible). A woman's bare back is exposed when she gets out of bed and as she puts on a man's shirt (cleavage and a glimpse of the side of her bare breast is also seen). A man's nude buttocks are seen. A nude man (his bare back and chest are shown) is spotted in a museum exhibit by a small child, who calls out for people to see him; the man turns and runs away. A woman is shown in a bathtub and her very pregnant stomach protrudes from the water. A man rushes to cover a nude man (only his bare back is seen for a moment) with a blanket. A man tells a young girl that he is nude and asks the girl to bring him a picnic blanket to cover himself with; she does so and the man is seen completely wrapped in the blanket. A woman's pregnant stomach is shown during a sonogram, covered in gel and the very pregnant stomach of a woman is shown, with her shirt pulled up to expose her entire stomach. A man is shown wearing a woman's tight shirt and short jean shorts. In the background, at a beach women are shown in bikini swimsuits and tight jogging clothes. A woman lifts a young girl out of a bathtub and wraps her in a towel.
 A man disappears in several scenes and when he does, he occasionally leaves behind a pile of clothes, which alludes to him being nude elsewhere.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Sounds of coughing and dry heaving are heard, then a completely nude man is shown lying on the floor, choking with a bleeding wound in his stomach; his hands are covered in blood and he is surrounded by a man, a woman, and a small child.
 Two men, dressed in hunting gear and carrying rifles, whisper about taking a shot at a large deer, we hear a gunshot, a man is struck, he gasps, and other men approach where they had fired the shot and see a small pool of blood. A man is shown lying on the floor with blood covering his hands, blood is coming out of his mouth and he dies. A man awakens, touches his face and finds it covered in blood, he lifts the blankets of the bed and finds a pool of blood on the sheets, and he turns to a woman in the bed and tells her that she has blood on her nightgown. A man is seen with blood covering his hands. A woman sitting in a restaurant holds her stomach and winces, she then puts her hand under the table and when she pulls it up again, it is covered in blood. A young boy is seen standing on the road with a bloody cut on his cheek.
 A car being driven by a woman is shown crashing into a semi that is careening down the road, head-on, and bursting into flames (it is assumed the woman died on impact). A semi truck barrels toward a woman driving a car, weaving uncontrollably, and the woman swerves to try to avoid impact causing a young boy in the backseat to slam his head, which leaves him with a small cut (blood seeps down his cheek).
 A man shouts, and a woman and man rush to find him: he's shaking and bleeding, and his foot looks gangrenous (we hear him shouting at the hospital, as a door swings shut and a woman looks scared).
 A man swings to punch another man after he presumably called him a derogatory term for homosexuals (it is not heard, but the other man comments that the man is a homophobe); he misses, the other man then punches him in the face and shoves him into a wall, and another man grabs the man who was doing the punching and drags him away. Two police officers grab a man and one police officer roughly throws him against the hood of the police car (we see a bruise on his cheek later). A woman angrily slaps a man in the face after they have an argument.
 A man strapped to a CT Scan table appears to be having a seizure: his head, shoulders, and arms tense and start shaking. A man, hands shaking, tells another man that he is currently on sick leave from his job due to his tremors (he does not go into detail as to what causes them). A man is shown, walking bow-legged and in pain, after presumably having a vasectomy; a nurse asks if he needs help, he says he is okay and stumbles into a bathroom.
 A shirtless man breaks a window of a car and steals clothing from the backseat. A man picks a lock and breaks into a building; a bystander angrily accuses the man of breaking and entering. A young girl throws a shoe into a patch of bushes and hits an unseen person, who shouts, "Ouch!" A man trains a young girl on how to pick a lock, saying that it will come in handy later.
 Two young girls poke a dead bird lying on the ground with a stick, and they discuss that death is simply a part of life and that eventually everyone has to die. The walls of the room are covered in taxidermy animal heads. Gunshots are heard, and a man is shown shooting clay pigeons with a shotgun.
 A woman, engaged in active labor, is covered in sweat, and she turns to a man who is holding her hand and screams in pain, she moans and a crying baby is heard (the woman is wearing a hospital gown, and no blood is shown). A woman is lying on a bed with an IV drip hooked into her arm (the woman looks sallow and upset). A woman stands in a bathroom and flushes a toilet and then washes her hands (we do not see her going to the bathroom).
 A man looks through a woman's diary without her permission; the woman becomes upset when she finds him doing this. A man tells a woman she should call off her relationship with another man and the two have a verbal argument.
 A man tells another man that he has watched a woman die hundreds of times and cannot do anything to change it. A young girl discusses the death of a man. A woman tells a man about having seen him, lying naked on the ground, bleeding profusely from a bullet wound and she asks him if he will die. A woman asks a man if he knows when he is going to die, the man refuses to tell her. A woman tells a man that she has had a miscarriage, and they weep together. A man tells a woman that a man had suffered from frostbite and will be unable to walk for a few months, but his foot will not have to be amputated. A man asks another man if he needs help to decide if he needs a vasectomy, and the man says that he needs to make the decision on his own. A man asks another man if he has ever handled a gun, and then asks if he would like to go hunting and when the man agrees he comments that now he can join him on "the killing spree."

PROFANITY 4 - 6 scatological terms, 6 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, weird, fat, saying that a woman has a moustache, out of your mind, crazy, old man), 2 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man comments that he needs a Valiums. A man takes a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag out of his pocket at a diner and pours alcohol into his drink, a man drinks wine rapidly, a man and woman on television are shown drinking, a woman comments that a doctor has told a man that he should not drink, a man offers a woman a drink (she declines), a woman offers a man wine, a woman drinks from a glass of wine, a man pours alcohol into a tea cup and offers a drink to another man (the man refuses and tells him that he should not drink), a wine glass and decanter are shown on a table in front of two men, and a man tells a woman he purposely got drunk to alter his actions.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, love, marriage, vasectomies, time travel, genetic disorders, miscarriage, hunting, homophobia, breaking and entering, dedication to love, friendship.

MESSAGE - True love will find you in the end.

Special Keywords: S6 - V5 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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