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You Kill Me [2007] [R] - 4.6.7



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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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An alcoholic hit-man (Ben Kingsley) working for the Polish mob in Buffalo, New York botches an important assignment. Frustrated, his uncle Roman (Philip Baker Hall) becomes fed up and sends him to dry out in San Francisco, where he starts attending AA meetings, takes a job in a funeral home, and falls in love with the stepdaughter (Téa Leoni) of a client. Also with Luke Wilson, Dennis Farina and Philip Baker Hall. Directed by John Dahl. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman in a van lowers the seat and tries to kiss a man who resists her (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man and a woman lie in bed together, presumably after having sex (we see their clothes on the floor) and we see them rubbing their feet together.
 A man and woman kiss in a few scenes. A woman sits on a man's lap, they hug and she kisses his forehead.
 We see a man in a tank T-shirt and boxer shorts. A wife models a tiny bikini for her husband in a department store (revealing cleavage, bare abdomen and thighs). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
 A man tells another man that AA meetings are good places to meet guys. A man asks another man, "Is this the part where we kiss" while they talk about their efforts to stay sober (he's kidding). A man pulls a gun on a man he finds searching through his apartment and asks, "Do you want to look up my butt too?" and the other man says, "Maybe later." A woman tells a man that she lied and told his co-worker that she was from the AIDS clinic and that she needed to get his test results to him. A man makes crude sexual remarks about having sex with women when he was drunk. A husband asks his wife if she'd "like to hold it for him" when she suggests that he should try to hold his urine. A woman says to a man who works in a funeral home that it must be hard to meet women and that she has heard of "people in your position making do" (implying necrophilia).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two armed men inside a house wait for three armed men outside the house, the door is opened, gunfire is exchanged, three men are shot (we see spray), and one is still alive and is shot in the head.
 A man throws a glass of alcohol on a man's face, who then shoots him twice (he falls to his knees and then the floor; there's no blood).
 A man is struck hard on the back with the butt of a gun and he falls down basement stairs, and we see him lying still at the bottom of the stairs. A man punches a man in the stomach. A man punches a man in the face, who then punches the first man in the face and kicks him repeatedly when he falls to the floor.
 A man nearly throws a knife at a man, and a man nearly shoots a woman.
 A man is held with a gun to his head. A man points a gun at a man and the gunman is then held with a knife to his throat (no one is hurt). A man with a rifle takes aim at a man. A man threatens another man with a gun. A man holds a gun on a woman and she screams.
 A man practices killing techniques and shows a woman how (we see them throwing knives, slashing watermelons and taking target practice). A man attaches a silencer to a handgun.
 A woman in a van lowers the seat and tries to kiss a man who resists her, he flinches, and the van speeds out of control nearly striking a pedestrian and then crashing into a wall.
 A man yells at a man for not murdering a man as he was ordered to do, and says, "All you had to do was kill him." A man yells at a man and orders him to go into rehab. A man talks about the way he killed some people: he shot one man 7 times and stabbed a woman in the eye instead of slitting her throat. A man pulls a gun on a man he finds searching through his apartment and asks, "Do you want to look up my butt too?" and the other man says, "Maybe later." A woman talks about people laughing at her because she is overweight. A man confesses to a group of people that he is a hit-man. We hear that a man had a heart attack.
 A man and a woman prepare a male body for funeral: we see them cleaning the feet, removing sores from the face and washing and dressing it (there's no nudity other than feet). A woman applies makeup to a dead man in a funeral home in a few scenes.
 A man vomits (we hear gagging and the splatter of goo). We see an unconscious man lying face down in a puddle. A man urinates against a wall in a dark parking lot.
 A man climbs on the guardrail of the Golden Gate Bridge as if he is considering jumping off (he does not). A man lies on a stretcher in a funeral home prep room and startles a woman when he speaks to her.

PROFANITY 7 - 22 F-words, 4 sexual remarks, 9 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Polish Americans, name-calling (loser, stupid), 2 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man is identified as an alcoholic, an alcoholic woman talks about having a drink and waking up in a park three days later, many people drink heavily at an Irish wake and they try to force a man who is trying to stay sober to have a drink, a man talks about learning to be a drunk in his parents' garage, a man drinks a beer in a few scenes, a man drinks from bottles of alcohol in several scenes emptying them in a short amount of time, a man drinks two large glasses of alcohol, a woman drinks while working in a funeral home, and in other scenes people are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Alcoholism, drug addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, necrophilia, seasonal effective disorder, organized crime, trust, weight issues, guilt, honesty, making amends, self-control, funeral home operations, homosexuality, running away from problems, friendship, murder for hire, love.

MESSAGE - Love can find you no matter who you are and what you do.

(Note: Two men talk about believing in God and choosing a god to help them get through rehab.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P7 - MPAAR

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