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Under the Same Moon [2008] [PG-13] - 3.3.4



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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 9-year-old Mexican boy (Adrian Alonso) flees his home trying to reach his mother (Kate Del Castillo) who has been working in Los Angeles for 4 years, trying to earn enough money to bring him over the border legally. Also with America Ferrera, Eugenio Derbez, Carmen Salinas, Mario Almada, Angelina Pelaez, Maya Zapata, Gabriel Porras and Maria Rojo. Directed by Patricia Riggen. In Spanish with English subtitles. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss tenderly. A man and a woman dance together. Men and women dance at a party. A man holds a woman's hand and proposes to her.
 A man takes off his shirt and pants and we see him in boxer shorts and bare-chested. We see a boy bare-chested and wearing underwear while washing himself. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders in several scenes. We see a boy wearing a tank T-shirt and underwear to sleep in a few scenes. We see women wearing skimpy outfits (cleavage, bare shoulders and legs are visible) lined up on a sidewalk and it is implied that they are prostitutes.
 Two men whistle and make catcalls at two women waiting for a bus. A boy whistles at a young woman who passes him on the street. A man looks at a photo of a woman and says she's pretty and hot.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A boy is awakened from sleeping on a park bench by police who struggle with him and put him in their car; another man throws a soda at them and runs allowing the boy to get away (the man is tackled and handcuffed).
 Many people wade through deep water trying to get to cross into the U.S. (several are caught and handcuffed by border patrol) and one woman slips on rocks and hurts her arm (we see a scar later).
 A woman is told that her son is missing and she panics trying to figure out a way to find him. Men are afraid when INS officers appear where they are working, they run and several hide or get away in a truck while others are tackled, struck with a stick and handcuffed. A boy climbs into an opening underneath a car seat cushion and hides while the car goes through a border check point, he is very hot and afraid of being found, and he is stuck in the car when it is impounded (he ends up OK).
 A man is selling a boy to another man, who is apparently a drug dealer and pimp, until a woman intervenes and takes the boy away. A boy hides from police and offers to pay a stranger for his help.
 A man screams in pain after rubbing his face while working with tomato plants (we see his skin is reddened and it appears to be a chemical burn).
 A boy tries to wake an elderly woman but she will not wake up and the boy cries and pleads with her when he realizes she is dead; we later see a coffin being placed on the back of a truck. A woman is told that her mother has died and she cries.
 The border separates a boy and his mother and they are both very sad. A boy cries when he misses his mother and he imagines her lying next to him and caressing his face. A boy is troubled when a man tells him that his mother will not come back for him and that his father is in Arizona.
 An elderly woman coughs in several scenes and appears to be ill. We see a man with tattoos on his face, chest and arms and he looks threatening (we are told he's trying to develop a reputation so he can become a rapper).
 A man threatens a boy and yells at him when he cannot give him money. A woman yells at a man and a woman and tells them to leave her house. A woman yells at another woman. A man is rude and dismissive to a boy in several scenes. A boy throws his bag and kicks it in anger.

PROFANITY 4 - 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (creep, jerk, turkey, nuts, crazy, brat), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men are served and drink beer with dinner. A woman smokes a cigarette that a boy lights for her. A man appears to be a drug addict (he has needle marks on his arms).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Illegal immigration, the INS, border patrol, deportation, death of a relative, marriage for immigration papers, marriage for love, romance, desperation, anger, fear, giving up, children without fathers, undocumented labor.

MESSAGE - Love can give us the strength to accomplish anything. Immigrants, legal or illegal, are people like everybody else.

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