Blue Jasmine [2013] [PG-13] - 5.4.5

 
 

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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 socialite (Cate Blanchett) suffers a series of losses, regrets and moral dilemmas that lead to mental confusion. Needing a fresh start, she moves from New York to San Francisco to join her struggling divorced sister (Sally Hawkins); her new boyfriend (Bobby Cannavale) and her sister's own new suitor (Peter Sarsgaard) along with the real world of work provide new regrets that are similar to the old ones. Also with Alec Baldwin, Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Stuhlbarg and Andrew Dice Clay. Directed by Woody Allen. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A married man kisses a woman (not his wife) passionately but briefly while they stand against a building on the sidewalk. A man and a woman kiss twice on a beach house deck one morning and the camera cuts to a scene of them the next day; they each say that making love the previous night felt right.
 At a party, a woman wearing a sleeveless, knee-length dress wears no bra and we see the shape of her nipples through the cloth of the bodice; other women at the party wear strapless long gowns that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a series of halter-tops and tube tops that bare her shoulders and arms while also revealing cleavage; we see tattoos of stars on her shoulder blade. A woman wears a sleeveless, low-cut dress that shows a bra strap on one shoulder and cleavage. A woman sits on a picnic table and her dress rides up to about mid-thigh, exposing bared partial thighs and lower legs. A woman wears short-shorts that reveal full thighs and legs. In a shower scene, we see a woman's bare shoulders and a small part of her upper chest (the rest of her body is hidden by a shower curtain); the camera cuts to her walking out of an apartment with wet hair and clothed, talking to herself and continues talking while sitting on a park bench as if she were talking to her dead husband.
 A woman tells her sister that a new boyfriend "Has the hots for me"; the camera cuts to a beach where the first woman tells the man that slow-dancing with him got her all hot and bothered and that's why she had sex on the first date; he says that he knew she'd be good in bed from the way she danced and he asks her to have sex in the back seat of the car for the second time that day (we see neither) and she asks, "Are you a sex addict?" to which he replies, "I am for you" as they run toward parked cars to end the scene; the next day, she calls him and learns that he is married and his wife is pregnant. A man and a woman dance in a hotel room and lie on the bed as the scene ends (sex is implied).
 An older man asks a young woman to a baseball game, she agrees and he says, "You'll do fine" and we hear later that he had sex with her. A woman asks her husband in several scenes if he is having an affair and he replies "no" each time and in one scene they kisses and the woman says, "Let's make love" as the scene ends (sex is implied); in a flashback, her husband admits to having an affair in France with a teenage girl and says that he has plans for the future with the girl; the wife cries as he leaves to check into a hotel until the divorce occurs; another flashback scene shows the wife listening to a female friend tell her about all the affairs the husband has had, including with the wife's best friend, the couple's female personal trainer, other adult women and a teenage girl. A woman asks her husband whether she should tell a friend that she saw the friend's husband kissing another woman; the husband replies that she should before he asks, "You think he's banging her?" and she replies that she does. A divorced woman tells an elderly woman on a plane that sex with her ex was great. A man tells another man and two women, "Nurses are very hot to go to bed with, because they know all about how the body works."
 A woman in a bubble bath is completely covered with suds while her husband speaks with her and he is fully clothed.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We hear that a man hanged himself in his jail cell, snapping his neck and dying, and that his wife had a nervous breakdown; in a flashback, the wife calls the FBI about her husband's financial scams and the camera cuts to two FBI agents and two police officers arresting the husband on the sidewalk, cuffing him, and putting him into a cruiser as he curses.
 An elderly woman tells her dentist's receptionist that her colonoscopies are always very special and leaves the office; the dentist enters the area and tells the receptionist that her wardrobe makes him feel aroused (her white blouse is a bit see-through and we can see the outline of her bra) and they struggle as he tries to kiss her; she pushes him down onto a cabinet with a loud noise and she quits her job and leaves.
 A man argues with his girlfriend about talking with and possibly kissing another man at a party and they shout loudly; he leaves, but shows up later at the grocery store where she works and begins a loud argument with her and the manager tries to get him to leave twice; the woman tells him to go away and leave her alone and he finally leaves; he shows up at her apartment and grabs her angrily, but the woman's sister grabs him away and the man grabs the ex-girlfriend's phone away from her when he decides that another man is on the other end of the line; he curses and shouts that he will bash in his head, then rips the phone line out of the wall and leaves slamming the door loudly.
 In several scenes, a woman has difficulty breathing during panic attacks of varying degrees; in one scene, she violently rips through her tote bag, throwing things, and then sits down and cries.
 Two women and three men in an apartment argue loudly, with name-calling, about making too much noise while waiting for a boxing match to begin; one woman asks the men to leave, and they reluctantly do so. A man approaches a woman standing on a sidewalk with her boyfriend and berates her for what her ex-husband did to him financially in previous years, and then he walks away; the woman and boyfriend get into a car, argue loudly (she cries) about her past and they break their engagement as she demands that he let her out at the curb and he complies; she looks mussed and disheveled as she walks away. A woman argues loudly with her college-aged stepson about his dropping out of school; he packs a bag and leaves without telling her where he is going; months later, she finds him across the country at his work in a music store, but he tells her he does not want to see her again, and she leaves tearfully. Two women argue about being adopted and about money in their childhood and adult lives. A woman's boyfriend argues loudly with her sister several times.
 We hear that a man was hit in the forehead with a golf ball, leaving a blue dent and that he lived.
 Two boys shoot a toy ray gun at their aunt and she asks them to stop the noise, which they do.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 3 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, loser, crazy, idiot, nuts, phony, retarded, sleazy, con man, crook, criminal, cheap, cheat, grease monkey, jerk, mindless consumer, momma's boy, piece of work, French whore), 10 stereotypical references to Ponzi scheme operators, adopted children, single parents, men, women, the rich, blue collar workers, people with mental illness, dentists, the French, exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh Jesus, Oh Christ, Jesus Christ, For Christ's sake, Jesus Christ Almighty God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman swallows a tablet of medication without water, a woman takes an unknown prescribed medicine with vodka, a woman swallows a tablet of an unknown medication without water while talking to herself on a sidewalk, a woman swallows a pill without water while talking to her new boyfriend, a woman shakes prescription bottles at home until she finds one containing pills and swallows one without water while her sister tells her that she should take more, a man tells his mother that he does not take drugs anymore, and a woman in a diner tells her two young nephews that shock treatments and Prozac and Lithium made her worse as she drinks a glass of white wine and the next day we see her swallow a Xanax without water saying it is for a breathing problem. A woman tells another woman that only cocktails of liquor work on her condition and not the cocktails of pills that doctors give her, a dozen men and women drink from large glasses of wine at a formal dinner, a woman drinks whisky and talks to herself in an empty bedroom, two women drink martinis at an outdoor luncheon at home, a man drinks from a bottle of beer and another man drinks what could be a short amber-colored cocktail and then iced tea beside a swimming pool, men and women drink martinis and short cocktails at a large cocktail party, a husband and his wife argue at home about drinking and each say the other had too much alcohol (neither appears intoxicated), six bottles of wine sit on a counter in a kitchen and a woman pours a glass of wine and drinks it, a woman drinks a martini and her female friend drinks from a beer bottle at a café, two men approach two women and ask them to come to an apartment for imported vodka and we see them at the apartment and drinking vodka, a boss asks his receptionist to have a drink with him and she accepts, a man and a woman go to a bar where we see a martini for her and a short dark cocktail for him (neither drinks in the scene) and a man at a table in the background drinks from a beer bottle, a woman drinks a short glass of vodka at home alone in three scenes and in one of the scenes she also takes an unknown prescribed medicine with the vodka, three men drink from beer bottles while waiting for a boxing match to begin on TV, a woman shouts, "Who do I have to sleep with around here to get a Stollie martini with a twist of lemon?" and then grabs a bottle of vodka and pours a small amount into a glass and swallows a pill with a sip before going to her room, men and women drink from tall glasses of wine at a party, a man and a woman in an apartment open a bottle of champagne and each drink a glass of it, a woman tells a man to pick her up at a hotel lounge where she is having a drink with a client, and two women drink wine at an outdoor café. A man smokes a cigarette, and a man smokes a cigarette while standing on a sidewalk.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Wealth, con artists, lying, families, adoption, divorce, loss, mental illness, consequences, suicide, substance abuse, work, completing a college degree.

MESSAGE - One must learn to stop making the same mistakes in life.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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