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Tusk [2014] [R] - 6.7.10



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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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While trying to track down an elusive story, a podcaster (Justin Long) finds what he thinks is a winner but he might not survive to tell the tale. Also with Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp and Harley Morenstein. Directed by Kevin Smith. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man is shown moaning and breathing rhythmically before a woman appears from below the screen (presumably performing oral sex); the man complains that she has not "finished," he begins to masturbate (we hear rhythmic sounds) and we see her wearing a bra and short panties that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, back and legs (we see the man's bare chest and abdomen) and after an argument it is implied that the woman completes the oral sex act.
 A clothed man and woman sleep in bed together and we see the woman's bare abdomen and legs when she gets out of bed wearing a short top and shorts. A man picks up a fossilized walrus bone and another man says that it is part of its penis that maintains stiffness during coital penetration; the first man strokes the bone and pantomimes ejaculation on his face.
 A man is shown bare-chested in the water and we see his bare abdomen and back as well; when he gets out of the water he is shown fully nude from the back and his bare back, buttocks and legs are shown before he wraps himself in a towel.
 A man describes that he was an orphan and that he was tortured and raped. A man speaks a line about ejaculating in his pants. A man makes a remark about Canadian men being well endowed. A man says that he wants to know what another man masturbates to. A man says the name of the town he lives in and another man says that the name sounds erotic. A man makes a sexual remark about how good a cup of tea is. A woman talks about a man being unfaithful with those empty women. A man talks about people in a TV show being "knocked up and shot at."

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A surgically altered man and a man wearing an animal skin fight and stab each other with long tusks; one raises a sword over the other who stabs him in the foot (we see blood) and then repeatedly in the abdomen (blood sprays and spurts).
 A man wakes up in a drug induced stupor and we see him drooling and hear him moaning; he says that he cannot feel his legs and realizes that his leg has been amputated and he screams and cries (we see the stump, a bloody bandage and thick stitching at the amputation site); another man explains that a brown recluse spider bit him and caused the paralysis and that the toxins moving through the leg required that it be removed. We hear a man screeching and we see his patchwork flesh with heavy, bloody stitches.
 We see a video of a young man swinging a sword around in a garage and he accidentally cuts his own leg off (we see blood spray, the bloody tissue and stump and the bone as he screams). We see a severed human foot and lower leg in an ice bucket. A man is shown eating a piece of a dead walrus and we see blood and slime on his face and mouth (it is shown in black and white); we also see the animal with a chunk missing. We see man stitching something while he is calmly telling a story and we see blood soaked medical equipment on table nearby long with his bloody surgical gloves; the camera pulls back to reveal a human that has been disassembled and reassembled to resemble and animal.
 A surgically altered man flops is pulled into water by a chain and he flails around and screeches; he sinks under water and sees another decaying modified human under the water. A man hits another man with a blunt object in the back of the head and he falls to the floor. A man yells in frustration and another man punches him hard in the face (no blood is shown). A man pushes a surgically altered man under water and he struggles to surface (he does and he coughs and spits).
 We see a funeral wreath in front of a house and find out that a young man committed suicide using his own sword; we see many grieving people gathered around and a woman (presumably the young man's mother) cries loudly. A man drives along narrow roads, through a large gate and along a winding driveway before parking and climbing many dark stairs toward a dark house. A man with a shotgun points it at a surgically altered man but does not shoot.
 A man describes that he was an orphan after his father was stabbed numerous times and his mother's throat was slit by criminals on the street; he then describes the torture and torment that he underwent including rape and beatings. A man describes victims' mouths and teeth being disturbed and that their tongues have been ripped out. A woman berates a man for mocking someone for his physical impairment. A man describes finding "only death" and hearing the screams of his fellow shipmates after their ship collided with an iceberg; he then says that something swam past him and he was afraid, and then the screams stopped. A man describes creating a walrus suit that would be worn by a human. A woman talks about hating a man and that he is a cheater. A man talks about being "confined to this cursed wheelchair." A young woman says that she hates "American guys" after he mocks her accent. A man makes a joke about his wife saying "better out than in" and referring to gas. A man talks about his show being "real and raunchy." A man asks if a man is "a walrus at heart." A man talks about regurgitating sea water (we do not see it). Two men laugh hysterically after watching a video of a young man cutting off his leg with a sword and one says that he is going to urinate on himself. A man speaks a line about ejaculating in his pants. We see a car partially submerged in water and we hear that the driver is missing.
 A man urinates in the bathroom of a man that he is visiting and we hear an extended trickle as he turns away a knitted doll that appears to be staring at him. A man urinates in a stall in a bar and we hear a bit of a trickle (we do not see any flesh or urine a stream). A woman sits on a toilet presumably urinating (we don't hear trickle) while brushing her teeth and after spitting something into the sink.

PROFANITY 10 - About 53 F-words and its derivatives, 19 sexual references, 33 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, several references to the name of a podcast being the Not-See Party, name-calling (Nazi, master of self-mutilation, weird, Canadian weirdoes, savage animals, selfish, crazy Canucks, man child, cesspool, painfully boring, Mr. Mustache, flatulent, butcher of men, libertines, crazy, creepy, loser, softy, brutal, insane, psycho nutter), exclamations (shut-up, ), 2 religious profanities (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. God Bless You, Oh My God, Sweet Whistling Christ, God, Jesus, bejesus, Thank The Lord, Holy Hold On, Swear To God, Jesus Christ). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man refers to morphine having caused a man to lose feeling in his arms.
 A man says that he soaks his tea leaves in brandy before steeping a cup of tea, a man pours alcohol from a flask into a restaurant beverage and drinks it, a man talks about drinking with Ernest Hemingway and we see a flashback sequence where a young man offers an older man a bottle of liquor, a man says that another man told him to "only do drunk what you would do sober" and that "it'll teach you to keep your mouth shut."
 A man talks about his grandmother being a chain smoker, a man smokes a cigarette in bed, a man smokes in a restaurant.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Podcasts, selling out, mean spirited behavior, Canada, mental illness, Canadian hockey fans, suicide, torture, banality, orphans, death of parents, love, betrayal, serial killers, infidelity, consequences,

MESSAGE - Finding the ultimate story is sometimes not worth the consequences.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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