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The Way [2011] [PG-13] - 3.4.3



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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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After a man (Martin Sheen) goes overseas to claim the body of his estranged son (Emilio Estevez), who had died while participating in the religious pilgrimage of "El camino de Santiago," by traveling from France to Spain. Also with Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt and Yorick van Wageningen. Directed by Emilio Estevez. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - We see a man wearing a thong: his bare back and part of his bare buttocks are visible. A small portion of a man's bare buttocks is visible after his pants pull down slightly when he falls over. A man opens his robe and we see his bare chest and stomach.
 A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man and a woman are seen holding hands in the background.
 A woman makes an off-handed comment that an older man might be interested in finding a younger woman. A man tells another man that a woman is "sexy." A man remarks to an older man that his wife is no longer having sex with him.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We see two men lashing themselves with whips and a third man is seen carrying a large wooden cross (bloody cuts are evident on their backs and blood oozes from the open wounds).
 A man grabs a woman's arm, the woman punches the man in the face and the man spins around from the force. A man hits his son in the back with a walking stick multiple times as he walks. A man falls backwards as two police officers shove him; the man stands up unharmed. Three men and a woman chase a boy who had stolen one man's backpack, the boy disappears and we later see a man carrying the boy while pulling him by the ear. After punching a man in the face, a woman apologizes to him, saying she had "thrown everything" into the punch.
 A man goes into a morgue and identifies his adult son's body; we see the body on a gurney and briefly see the man's face when another man opens the body bag. We see a man sprinkling the ashes of his dead son along a hiking trail. We watch a coffin erupt into flames inside an incinerator.
 A man shouts at another man, he stands up and stumbles backwards, and three police officers approach the older man and carry him away as he continues to shout.
 During a phone call, a man tells another man that the man's son had died. A man tells another man that the man's son had died during a snowstorm while he was hiking in the mountains. A man tells another man that he had heard about a man dying on a hiking trail. A man tells another man that his son had died. A man tells another man that a man's son had died and that he is sprinkling his son's ashes along a trail. A man tells another man that he had also lost a child. A man discusses with his father how his mother had become ill. A man implies that his wife had died after a long illness. A woman tells a man that she had an abortion to prevent her husband from being physically abusive to her unborn daughter. A woman implies to a man that her husband had been physically abusive. A man tells another man that he had surgery on a brain tumor, which left a disfiguring scar, and the tumor had not been completely eliminated. A man tells several men and women a historical tale of how a group of people had been killed during a war. A man tells a woman that his mother had taught him not to hit women and would "beat him" after he would hit his sister. A man jokingly tells another man that a man would rather shove a walking stick down the man's throat. A man asks a hypothetical question about a dogfight, and a woman makes a remark that dogs fighting are simply dogs fighting.
 A man stumbles as he climbs out of river. A group of men and women playfully throw bread at a man who laughs.
 We hear the sound of urinating and see a man's back (no nudity or stream is visible). We see three men standing (implied to be urinating) as a woman looks away. A woman is implied to be urinating behind three men that are standing and looking in the opposite direction. A man asks another man where the bathroom is, saying it is "serious"; when the man shows him a backyard, the man hands the other man a roll of toilet paper.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 sexual reference, 2 scatological terms (1 mild), 2 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (old and tired, old and lazy, dog, fat man, real crazy, clown, stiff, oaf, true fraud, little louse, crazy drunk American, arrogant bore, thieving gypsy), exclamations (bloody, goodness), 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Throughout the movie we see a man smoking marijuana cigarettes, a man shares marijuana cigarettes with another man, a man offers an older man a puff from a marijuana cigarette, a woman shouts at a man when he smokes a marijuana cigarette, a woman jokingly asks a man if he has drugs and he laughingly asks her what she would like, a man offers an older man a sleeping pill, and a man offers a woman sleeping pills. Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking wine, an older man drinks wine to the point of drunkenness, a man remarks that he "can't remember" what had happened when he was intoxicated, a man accuses another man of having had too much to drink or "too many pills," a woman remarks that men are sleeping off a hangover, and a man jokes with a woman that he will have to buy beer. A woman smokes cigarettes throughout the movie, we see a man smoking cigarettes occasionally, men and women are seen in the background smoking cigarettes, and a man tells a woman that his grandmother had both smoked and drank until she died at 104.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Pilgrimages, death of a child, grief, faith and devotion, abortion, Charlemagne, baby boomers, Catholicism, devotion, metaphors, gypsies.

MESSAGE - Overcoming grief can be difficult; each person deals with grief differently.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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