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True Story [2015] [R] - 5.6.5



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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 New York Times reported (Jonah Hill) loses his job after one of his stories proves suspect. He struggles to find another job and becomes aware of a multiple murder case that he pursues tirelessly. Also with James Franco, Felicity Jones, , Ethan Suplee, Genevieve Angelson, Gretchen Mol and Maria Dizzia. Directed by Rupert Goold. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A photograph of a nude dead woman is seen and her bare breasts, shoulders, side, hip and legs are seen.
 A man seduces a woman while touring a church and we see them in a hotel room; the woman is shown nude and lying face down on a bed (we see her bare shoulders and back and sex is implied). A woman is shown sitting in a bathtub and the tops of her shoulders are visible briefly. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and bare back.
 A man asks another man, "Why did you hook up with that German girl?"

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - We see a man carrying a young child with a weighted sack tied to his feet to the railing of a bridge and the man drops the child into the water below (we hear a splash and see that another young child is watching from inside a car).
 A photo of a nude, dead woman is shown stuffed into a suitcase and we hear that she underwent a brutal attack and that her neck was broken to get her into the suitcase (we see that her head is twisted unnaturally). We see photographs of a dead woman (her flesh is tinged blue and gray). We see photographs of dead children and their flesh is discolored after having been in water; we also hear that the facial capillaries of one child burst, indicating that she was still alive when thrown into a body of water in a suitcase.
 We see a young girl lying motionless (presumably dead) in a suitcase as someone zips it closed; we then see the suitcase being tossed into a body of water. We see a suitcase on a morgue table as a man unzips it and looks alarmed at what he sees (we do not see what's inside). We see a nude woman lying face down on a bed in a hotel room and it is implied that a man in the room has killed her (we do not see blood or injuries).
 A man punches a wall three times and screams. A man hits a glass divider in frustration.
 We hear that a man is accused of killing his wife and children. A woman describes a man finding his wife with a lover and that he stabbed the wife many times before shooting the lover in the head; he then beat his infant son against his crib until he broke his skull. A man describes strangling his wife and that he put his hand over his baby's neck and squeezed until he felt the life leave her body. A man describes finding his young daughter dead. A man describes his wife hitting him in a couple of scenes. A man interviews several young men about being beaten by their plantation boss and asks, "Is it bad. Does he bleed?"; we hear that one young man's parents are dead. A man describes finding his wife straddling their young daughter on the bed (presumably killing the child).
 An old book has a picture in it that depicts someone large eating someone smaller and we see two legs sticking out of its mouth (no blood). We see a drawing of what looks like a family gathered around a grave. We see a drawing of what looks like a screaming face with smaller faces on the fingertips of a hand held up.
 A man is shown wearing prison attire and handcuffed while going to an interview room; he is then un-cuffed and speaks with another man in the room (this happens in several scenes).
 A man has an asthma attack and coughs before puffing on an inhaler (he recovers).

PROFANITY 5 - About 9 F-words and its derivatives, 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (child killer, pariah, stupid, nobody, liar, narcissist, sick), 1 religious exclamation (God Willing). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man uses an inhaler a few times during asthma attacks. We see several empty beer cans on a table in a newspaper office where men are playing poker.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Reporting, falsifying research, truth, identity, Jehovah's Witnesses, shame, losing dignity, loyalty, lying, guilt, innocence, friendship, mistrial, death penalty, betrayal,

MESSAGE - Sometimes it's hard to see the truth.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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