Set in the late 1970s, a gay couple tries to adopt a mentally challenged boy who was abandoned by his addict mother but have to fight the discriminatory legal system in order to keep their family together. With Alan Cummings, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher, Chris Mulkey and Gregg Henry. Directed by Travis Fine. [1:37]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a man's head at another man's crotch as they both sit in the front of a car (oral sex is implied); the man raises his head (no nudity is visible) and moments later a police officer knocks on the car window while crudely accusing the men of performing oral sex and the officer then tells the men that he would tell the man's employer that he was receiving oral sex.
► We see two shirtless men in bed together as they flirt and laugh; one of the men flips over and straddles the other man and then kisses the other man's chest (sex is implied).
► A man kisses a woman passionately, leaning her down on a couch; the woman tries to fight him off, saying her mentally challenged son was watching, the man dismisses the boy, tells him to get away and the mother then sends the boy into the hallway (as the boy walks away we hear passionate moaning but no nudity or sex is seen).
► Throughout the movie we see two men kissing, including kissing on the cheek and kissing on the lips. Two men hug and then kiss briefly. A man wraps his arms around another man and rests his head on the man's shoulder. A man teasingly grabs another man's backside (they are both fully clothed). A man looks another man up and down and then whistles suggestively.
► We see a man in brief-style underwear (his bare chest and back are visible). We see a shirtless man as he gets dressed in a dressing room. A man pulls off his shirt and we see his bare chest. We see a man pull on clothing, putting on pants and pulling on a shirt (we see his bare chest). A man dressed as a woman wears a low-cut open back dress that reveals cleavage as two other men dressed as a women perform a lip-synch with him. A man dressed as a woman shakes his chest at another man.
► A man dressed as a woman holds up a hair dryer to his crotch to pantomime an erection.
► During a cross interrogation during a trial a man asks another man on the stand if he had ever engaged in sex with another man as a mentally challenged boy watched, or if he and another man had been nude in front of a mentally challenged boy; the man shouts, saying that he's being accused of being a child molester, and then denies any wrongdoing and shouts at the attorney. During an investigation a woman asks a mentally challenged boy if he had been molested by two men or if he had seen the two adult males nude and the boy denies any wrongdoing. During an interrogation a woman asks a man if he had ever seen two men kiss in front of a mentally challenged boy and the man says he had seen the two men kiss. During a trial a lawyer asks a woman on the stand if she had previously told people that she believed two men were in a homosexual relationship and the woman responded by saying that it was not her business and that all people were "sexual beings." A man crudely warns two men that because they are gay that their entire lives will be brought before a court, including their previous lovers.
► A man jokes with another man that he knew he was gay when as a teen boy he was playing football and another teen boy touched his backside (as part of the game) and he became sexually aroused. A man crudely teases another man (a police officer), implying that he had probably held a lot of male genitals in his hands. An older man winks at a man and teases him, implying that he believes that the man and the woman are having an affair; the man does not deny it.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A police officer pulls out a handgun and aims it at two men in the front seat of a car and threatens to shoot them if they do not show their hands; one of the men argues with the officer and the officer continues to aim his gun, until the second man makes a legal argument, saying that the officer would be charged with "murder one" were he to shoot them (the officer lowers his gun).
► Two police officers hold back a man as he screams and struggles against them; we see a mentally challenged boy being led out of the man's custody, the man continues to struggle and falls to the ground and we then see the man in a prison cell (implying that he had been arrested for fighting against the officers as they tried to restrain him).
► We hear a man's voiceover as a series of people read a newspaper article and typed letter explaining that a mentally challenged boy had died under a bridge after wandering away from his inattentive mother; we see clips of the boy wandering the streets, looking very lost and sad, but we do not see the boy dead. We see a mentally challenged boy wandering down an empty street in the middle of the night until a man pulls over and grabs the boy and takes him to safety.
► A man becomes angered by a homeless man begging and the man threatens him, saying he would "bust his face in two" if the man did not leave him alone. A man shouts at a female judge, the judge tells the man to be quiet or she was going to hold him in contempt of court and have him thrown back in jail. A man stands up angrily and shouts at a woman as she walks into the room.
► A man beats his fist on a door and then shakes his hand in pain. A man shouts at another man. A man warns a woman to turn down her stereo, telling her that it is bad for children's ears to have a loud stereo playing and the woman insults the man crudely. A man barges into a woman's apartment, shouting about the loudness of her stereo and he quiets down when he realizes that the woman is not home and only her mentally challenged son is there. A man barges into an office building and begins shouting a man's name until the man finds the shouting man and chides him. A man shouts at a man dressed as a woman and the man then storms out of the room. A man angrily slams down a payphone. A man begs another man to help him help a mentally challenged boy, saying that he does not want the boy to go into foster care and implying that he knew that foster care was not a safe environment.
► A man tells another man that a mentally challenged boy had been left unattended by his mother in an apartment; the woman then gruffly shoves the boy out of the apartment past a protesting man. A man watches a woman abandon her mentally challenged son, leaving him alone in an apartment. A woman tells a man that a mentally challenged boy's mother had abandoned the boy after she was arrested for drugs. A man tells a mentally challenged boy that donuts "make you fat and give you pimples."
PROFANITY 6 - About 11 F-words, 7 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 3 derogatory terms for mentally challenged, name-calling (cheap, sweet-cheeks, lunatics, sparky, poor Lois Lane, Perry Mason, a little high strung), 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - We see a man and a woman snorting drugs as a mentally challenged boy watches, a man tells another man that a woman had been arrested on drug charges, and a man advises two men that during a trial they will be investigated so intensely that "every drug they've ever snorted" would be brought as evidence. Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking alcohol at bars and parties, two men drink wine directly from a bottle, we frequently see men and women in bar settings, and a lawyer asks a man during a trial if he had ever taken a mentally challenged boy to a bar. We see a woman smoking a cigarette.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Discrimination, gay rights, parental rights, correct care for mentally challenged children, foster care, revenge.
MESSAGE - Discrimination in all forms is terrible.