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The Two Faces of January [2014] [PG-13] - 5.5.5

 
 

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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
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A man (Viggo Mortensen) in Athens on vacation with his wife (Kirsten Dunst) is suspected of being involved in the death of a private investigator. The couple then leaves with another man (Oscar Isaac) to an island, where the intentions of all three of them become unclear. Also with Daisy Bevan and David Warshofsky. Directed by Hossein Amini. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A wife wears a negligee that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and legs to the thighs; she enters a bedroom where her husband is lying in bed and she joins him (they kiss and sex is implied). A husband kisses his wife and leaves the room with another man. A husband and wife lie in bed and she is shown sleeping.
 A husband wakes up in a start and finds his wife is not in bed; he goes to another man's room where he hears them talking and it is implied that the husband thinks his wife has slept with the other man.
 Men and women dance together at a restaurant. A man admires a woman as she walks away.
 A woman undresses and we see her bare back, her underwear and the side of her bare breast and part of her nipple. Two women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage.
 A man tells another man, "You know I slept with her. She wanted me to," in reference to the second man's wife. A man tells another man, "I don't want your money, I wanted your wife." A man talks about having been married twice. A husband tells his wife that he thinks another man has "a thing for you."

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man points a gun at another man and they fight until one slams the other into a bathtub and he hits his head killing him. A woman falls from a large flight of stone steps and hits her head and is killed (no blood is shown). A man is struck in the head and falls unconscious on the ground. Police chase two men through a building and narrow streets; one man is shot in the back and falls to the ground (we see blood on the wound as he dies.
 A man punches another man knocking him to the deck of a ship, then holds him over the railing threatening to drop him into the sea below. A man barges into the hotel room where a husband and his wife have been lying in bed kissing; the woman is embarrassed and covers herself with a sheet as the men go to the bathroom to talk. A man is shown dragging a dead man through a hotel hallway and struggling to get him into his room. A man shoves another man and they nearly fight but a third man breaks them up. A man grabs a woman and she shoves him, and then another man shoves him while yelling at him and the man falls to the ground (no evident injury is seen).
 A husband and his wife argue in a few scenes; in one scene another man tells the husband to "lay off." A husband yells at his wife and another man after drinking heavily; he passes out on a bench and wakes up to the sound of a man beating an octopus against a rock. A woman yells at a man.
 A man talks about fighting in a war. A man reads a letter about his father's funeral and it is clear that he did not attend. A remark is made about the "cruel tricks the gods play on man." A remark is made about a man and that he "was a god." A man remarks about Greeks and Turks being at each other's throats again.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words (one mouthed and not heard), 6 scatological terms, anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling, exclamations (Oh for Pete's sake), religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations (Oh Lord, Oh God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman drink wine at a café, people are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes at an outdoor café, men and women drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes at dinner in a restaurant, two men and a woman drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes at a restaurant, a man yells and stumbles after drinking heavily, a man drinks from another man's wine glass, passengers are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol on an airplane, and a man drinks alcohol and smokes a cigarette while lying in bed. Men smoke cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie, two men smoke cigarettes, and a man smokes a cigarette and another man joins him.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Con men, murder, death of a loved one, trust, shady business dealings, investments, Greek Mythology, fraud, accessory to a crime, jealousy, marriage, larceny, hopes and dreams, infidelity, divorce.

MESSAGE - Fraudulent business practices will catch up to you.

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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