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Tyler Perry's Acrimony [2018] [R] - 6.6.7

 
 

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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 woman (played at different ages by Taraji P. Henson and Ajiona Alexus) finds herself in an untenable situation with a man (played at different ages by Lyriq Bent and Antonio Madison) she has loved, married and supported for years. When she musters the courage to leave him after feeling betrayed, she has to decide how far she will take her plans for revenge. Also with Crystle Stewart, Jazmyn Simon, Ptosha Storey, Danielle Nicolet, Nelson Estevez, Kendrick Cross and Jay Hunter. Directed by Tyler Perry. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman have sex and we see the man's bare back and buttocks as he thrusts (we see the woman's lower legs and knees and then her bare back) and the woman's voiceover describes his lack of sexual prowess. A man and a woman are shown having sex while standing in a shower and we see his bare back and buttocks and legs as he thrusts briefly and her legs are wrapped around him. A young man and a young woman kiss passionately and move to a bed where they lie down to end the scene (sex is implied).
 A young man and a young woman kiss at their wedding ceremony. A young man and a young woman hug in several scenes. A man and a woman are shown sleeping in bed together.
 A man tells his girlfriend that the sex he had with another woman meant nothing, and that it was just sex. A young man talks about dreams for the future and tells a young woman that he wants her to be his wife forever. A young woman asks her younger sister if she is having sex with a young man and she does not answer. A young man and a young woman talk to each other flirtatiously in a few scenes. A young woman talks about losing her virginity to a young man. A woman talks about suspecting that her husband has been unfaithful. A woman speaks to a man about the size of his genitals and his lack of sexual prowess, in front of other people. A woman tells a woman about her husband's child with another woman and insults another woman's husband.
 A fully nude man climbs into a bathtub (we see him in profile and his side, side of his chest, legs and buttocks are seen; we do not see genitals). A woman caresses a man's clothed chest and unties her coat to reveal lingerie and cleavage before being interrupted by another woman entering the room. Several young women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A young woman wears a short skirt that reveals bare legs to the upper thighs. A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals her bare back and cleavage. A young man is shown shirtless and wearing only boxer short (we see his bare legs, abdomen, chest and back). Two young women wear low-cut gowns at a wedding (cleavage is shown). A woman wears a short top that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and back and we see her underwear through a sheer skirt as she walks away. A man is shown with his shirt open and revealing his bare chest and abdomen.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman with a handgun threatens a man and they argue; she tells him to throw his wife off a boat and she shoots him in the abdomen when he reaches for her, she makes the boat's crew jump overboard, shoots at another woman and the wounded man pushes her overboard (we see her float away; the woman in the water returns and strikes the man in the leg with an ax (we see blood splatter) before getting her leg caught in the anchor chain and being pulled off the boat wand she is held underwater and drowns (we see her struggle briefly and then see her floating lifeless under water).
 A young woman discovers that her boyfriend is being unfaithful and she drives her Jeep into the side of his trailer (where he is having sex with another young woman) twice until the trailer tips over (two people come out with no visible injuries and the driver collapses with a bloody nose); we hear that she underwent an emergency hysterectomy and we see a bloody abdominal wound during the procedure. A woman pours sulfuric acid on a wedding gown in a shop and we see gas filling the area as alarm bells ring. A woman chases a man and yells at him, she lunges at him and punches him, and they wrestle on the ground until two other women pull her away. A young man and a young woman bump into each other knocking papers out of their hands and onto the wet ground; the young woman yells at the young man and punches him on the back and chest, and then storms away. A woman dances and claps and spins around in a frenzy when becoming enraged. We see many photos of a woman with XXs scribbled on her eyes and one photo has a knife stabbed through it and into a table. A woman yells and makes accusations about her ex-husband as she confronts him in a courthouse (she is pulled away by others).
 A wife tells her husband to take his stuff and leave and that she wants a divorce. A woman yells at a young man and tells him to leave a hospital where her sister is recovering after an accident. A woman yells at her sister and threatens not to attend her wedding if she marries a particular young man. A woman yells at her sister about losing their mother's house. Two men yell at a man and accuse him of destroying them and their business. Two young women tell another young woman that their mother died and they hug and cry; we see mourners at a funeral. A man is told that he is considered a "credible threat" and he is told to never return to an office again. A judge reprimands a woman in a courtroom for disobeying a restraining order. A woman tells a counselor that she wants, "Every breath in his body," when asked what she wants from a man. A woman talks about emasculating men. A young man says that his father is in prison and that he was left by his mother with his grandmother until she died. A young man says that he did 2 years in prison for a felony robbery charge. A judge threatens a woman with 40 days in jail. A woman says, "I almost threw up" (she does not).
 A device sparks and catches fire causing the electric wire in a house to be destroyed.

LANGUAGE 7 - About 20 F-words and its derivatives, 6 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 58 mild obscenities, name-calling (pathetic, psycho, weak, crazy, dumb, devil, sexy, whore, low-life, maggot, bastard, tree huggers, old fool, deranged, stupid, loser), exclamations (shut the [F-word] deleted] up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. It Must Be God, I Hope To God, Oh God, Oh My God).

SUBSTANCE USE - People at tables in a restaurant are shown with glasses of wine, a woman is shown drinking from bottles of beer in a few scenes, men are shown with bottles of beer in a couple of scenes, a man drinks champagne, and a table is seen covered with empty beer and liquor bottles. A woman smokes a cigarette in a counselor's office, a woman is shown smoking many cigarettes in a house, and a woman smokes a cigarette in a house and flicks ashes on a man's possessions.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Anger management, counseling, choices, stereotypes, justice, conning people, taking advantage of others, single-mindedness, self-absorbed people, death of a parent, obsession, infidelity, investment in new technology, disappointment, women's intuition, lying, resentment, harassment, generosity, trust, jealousy, envy, borderline personality disorder, loneliness, regret, persistence, defeat, giving up on a dream, getting even.

MESSAGE - Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P7 - MPAAR

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