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Trance [2013] [R] - 9.9.6



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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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The line between reality and fantasy is blurred when a man (James McAvoy) has a head injury that seems to trigger a memory loss. While undergoing hypnotherapy to try to remember where he put a stolen work of art, his confusion intensifies. Also with Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross, Wahab Sheikh, Mark Poltimore and Tuppence Middleton. Directed by Danny Boyle. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A man and a woman have sex and we see her thrusting on top of him (we see her bare breasts, abdomen and legs and his bare chest and abdomen). A man and a woman yell at each other, he shoves her onto a sofa, they kiss passionately, she stops him and leaves the room, but then returns completely nude (we clearly see her bare breasts, abdomen, hairless genital area and legs) and the man reaches out to her as she approaches (sex is implied). After yelling at a woman, a man grabs her arm and pulls her close to him, they kiss and we see them in bed having sex; they are both fully nude (we see her bare back, side, hips and the profile of her bare breast and we see his bare chest, back, hip and legs). A nude woman (we see her bare back and the side of her bare breast) pulls herself on top of a nude man (we see his bare chest and abdomen) in bed and they kiss (sex is implied).
 A fully nude woman stands at a mirror and a man behind her holds her and she places her hand over her genitals (we see her bare breasts, abdomen and her hairless genital area). A nude man and a nude woman lie in bed after having sex (we see her nude shoulders, side, buttocks and legs and his bare chest and leg to the hip). A nude man follows a woman to the door and they speak; we see the man's bare chest and abdomen to the hip and his legs to the thigh. A nude man sits on a bed with his hands covering his crotch (we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs) and when he gets up we see his bare buttocks. A woman sleeps and is partly covered by sheets (we see her bar breast and nipple). A nude woman covered with sheets rolls over and we see her bare shoulders and chest and the side of her bare breast.
 A man shoves a woman into a bedroom and onto a bed, she screams and crawls away from him, we continue to hear her screaming and we see her later with her blouse open (her bra and cleavage are visible) and the man is shown wearing underwear (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 We see a book containing photos of nude female paintings with bare breasts, abdomens, buttocks and pubic regions visible in a couple of scenes and one scene focuses on the fact that the women have no pubic hair. A man answers the door with a towel wrapped around his waist (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back). A man is awakened by the doorbell and we see his bare chest and back. A woman wears low-cut tops, blouses and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. Several women in a restaurant scene wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs.
 A man and a woman kiss and she passes him something. A man kisses a woman on the cheek.
 A woman under hypnotherapy is shown with bruises on her face and it is implied that she was abused and/or raped. A man yells at a woman and asks if she is going to have sex with another man.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man shoots another man in the chest (we see the bloody wound), then in the head (blood sprays), and the dead man is shown with the top of his head blown off (we see blood and tissue) although he continues to speak to the gunman and the gunman shoots him several more times (we do not see the victim again).
 A man finds another man about to rape a woman and shoots him in the genital area (we see blood on the man's underwear and later on the floor around him as he moans and thrashes). A man shoots a man and he falls back dead (blood splatters). A man shoots a man (we see the man cowering and hear the gunshot). A man shoots three men standing behind glass and we see the men fall after blood splatters on the glass.
 A man is held down by two other men while a third man pulls his fingernails out using a knife: the victim screams and we see his very bloody fingers (we later see that six of his nails were pulled out and he wears bandages on them for the rest of the movie). A woman's dead, decomposing body is shown in the trunk of a car (we see flies buzzing around and maggots squirming and her lips have disappeared exposing her teeth and gums).
 A man pours gasoline on a car and on a man inside the car then lights it on fire; we see the man in the car struggling to free himself as the man outside the car shoots at him, another car speeds toward them and pins the man outside the car between the two cars (he slams onto the hood of the car and yells) and shoves the flaming car and the two men into a body of water (one man surfaces and appears to be OK).
 A man sprays another man in the face with a fire extinguisher and then pounds him in the face with the canister (we see the man later with a very bloody mouth and face). A man with a gun threatens another man who tasers him in the neck (the man falls back briefly), and the gunman then hits him hard in the forehead with the butt of the gun (we see a large bloody lump form on the man's head). A man with a bloody head wound stumbles into a street and is struck by a car; he slams onto the hood of the car then falls to the street (he gets up and doesn't seem to have any additional injuries).
 A man strangles a woman with his hands. A man punches a security guard in the face during an art auction and another man steals a painting. A woman is held around the throat and shoved into a wall by a man (we see bruises on her neck later). A woman is held against a wall by a man squeezing her around the throat. Tear gas canisters are dropped around a crowded auction room and the crowd tramples toward the exits; we hear screaming and coughing and we see people falling down and knocking over furniture. A man with a baseball bat barges into a security monitoring room and orders a guard to lie on the floor while he breaks the monitors and equipment with the bat. A man with a bloody head wound falls down an escalator and then stumbles and falls to his knees (this is shown a few times). A man and a woman argue in a restaurant and when they leave and go to an apartment he punches her in the face (no blood or bruising shown).
 A man with a gun threatens a woman and another man in a car that they are riding in together. A woman gets into her car and is grabbed by a man in the back seat; he forces her to go back into her apartment. A man is grabbed from behind by another man and thrown onto the floor and they argue. A man lunges toward a woman and three other men hold him back.
 A man with a bloody head wound is shown being taken to the hospital on a stretcher and to an operating room where blood is drained from a lump on his forehead (we see the blood moving through a tube and into a container). A man's previously injured fingers bleed when he tears at tissue paper inside a box. We see X-ray images of a man's brain. A man's suit is shown with dried blood on it. A woman under hypnotherapy is shown with bruises on her face and it is implied that she was abused and/or raped.
 A man moans and thrashes in his chair (under hypnosis) while imagining being buried alive (we see him in a deep hole as someone outside the hole shovels dirt on top of him). A man jumps up onto the ledge of a tall building and teeters as he looks over the side (he does not fall). A man is shown in a medical imaging machine and he reacts to images as if he is being shocked with increasing intensity (he jerks and moans).
 Three men arm themselves and prepare for a robbery; one of the men has a large gun. A man slides down a waste chute on the outside of a building and lands in a dumpster unharmed. A woman finds a gun in a man's bedside table.
 A woman is startled when she finds a man in her apartment (she is not harmed). A man finds his car vandalized and his apartment ransacked.
 A man and a woman yell at each other (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man yells at a woman and she tries to leave but he grabs her arm (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man yells at a woman and asks if she is going to have sex with another man.
 A man tells another man, "I should kill you." A man talks about "Commandos in a van" and we see men in flack jackets while one of them taps a baseball bat in his hand. A man talks about his gambling debts and his addiction to gambling. A man talks about having killed people in Iraq (presumably while serving in the military). A woman asks a man if he has ever killed anyone and he says, "Define 'killed.'" A woman says to a man, "I must never forget that you are a criminal." A woman talks about having been in an abusive relationship. A man hears another man say, "Just kill him."
 A woman coughs while standing over a sink and appears to have been vomiting (we do not see the vomit).

PROFANITY 6 - About 16 F-words, 2 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (a man yells at a TV during a soccer game and it is implied that he calls a player a name but it is not translated), 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man tells a woman, "I used to buy drugs " from another man. A man and a woman drink wine at a restaurant.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Reality, obsession, addiction, art theft, fine art, gambling debts, high security, amnesia, fear, rational behavior, greed, jealousy, blame, respect, memory suppression, suggestibility, abusive relationships, obesity, panic attacks, free will, hypnotherapy.

MESSAGE - Emotions can cloud our judgment.

Special Keywords: S9 - V9 - P6 - MPAAR

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