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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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Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: R

Two orphaned siblings reunite: Sammy (Laura Linney) now has a son and Terry (Mark Ruffalo) has become aimless and self-destructive, but the two struggle to reconcile their relationship. Also with Matthew Broderick, Rory Culkin, and John Tenney. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A little sexual innuendo, including references to infidelity, oral sex, and heterosexual sex. Kissing, sometimes passionate. We see a man and woman in bed together post-coitus, both apparently naked but covered by blankets, except for the woman's bare shoulders. We see the bare back as she's straddling a man and moving up and down (no breasts are visible). We see a couple in bed post-coitus; the man is shirtless, the woman is covered. In another post coitus scene, we only see the woman's bare shoulders. We see the bare chest and shoulders of a man in the tub. We see a woman in her brassiere.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A car almost wrecks into another car. A car is hit by a truck; we don't see the collision but we hear two people die (we don't see any wreckage, either). Two men engage in a fistfight/scuffle; each man has a fairly bloody lip. There's a bloody cut on a woman's leg. We hear about a woman who tried to kill herself but didn't succeed.

PROFANITY 7 - 15 F-words, several anatomical and scatological references, some mild obscenities, a few religious profanities, some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Single motherhood, loss of parents, family, drugs, extramarital affairs, love, loyalty, friendship, growing up with a single mother, meeting your real father (which is a big disappointment in this case), boss-employee relationships, suicide.

MESSAGE - Family comes through when nobody else can.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P7 - MPAAR

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