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Don't Think Twice [2016] [R] - 4.3.6

 
 

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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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Longtime members of a New York City improve troupe become agitated when only two of their cast (Keegan Michael-Key & Gillian Jacobs) receive calls to audition for a TV comedy sketch show. The remaining members become envious, snarky, and highly competitive with each other, afraid that they may not succeed despite their hard work. Also with Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher. Directed by Mike Birbiglia. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A nude man sits in a bed with a laptop obscuring his lower abdomen, genitals, buttocks, and upper thighs (we see lower thighs and knees) as a woman putting on a blouse walks away stating, "I feel like a [sexual reference deleted]" (we briefly see a crop top under the blouse that shows some cleavage and bare abdomen). We see a line of silhouette images of an apparently nude woman (cartoonish and without details) in different poses on a cell phone, and a man says it looks like porn; later, the line of images appears on a theater wall. A man wears knee-length shorts as he lounges on a bed while a woman on the other side of the bed is clothed (we see his bare chest). We see a man from the waist as he walks into a room among his friends, nude (we see his bare chest). A man is seen in a home pool at night (we see his bare back). A shirtless man looks in a mirror and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A woman in a bed wears a T-shirt and panties that bare her full thighs and part of her abdomen. A man wearing a shirt and biker shorts puts on a pair of trousers in a TV show green room, where he is alone. A woman wears short-shorts.
 A man lies on top of a woman in a bed and we see only his bare upper shoulders and one of her shoulders and a bare arm as they kiss briefly twice. A man and a woman kiss backstage in a club briefly. A woman meets a man with friends and kisses him for a few seconds. A man and a woman kiss briefly in a restaurant. A woman tells a man that she will not have sex with him in his room because it looks like a college dorm, but they kiss goodnight briefly. A man and a woman who are living together kiss on a shoreline three times and pretend that she is his daughter, as if they are in a skit. On a club stage a man and a woman kiss lightly and briefly, becoming tearful as they break up on stage.
 A man and a woman lie on a bed and hold hands. A man and a woman hug goodbye. A man and a woman lie under covers in his top bunk.
 A woman tells a thirtysomething man that he can only find sex partners among his 22-year-old female comedy students. A man jokingly tells a friend that he used to watch his old girlfriend (who is present) change clothes during high school plays. A woman tells a man that she is pregnant by a younger man she met in Brazil and the man tells her that he wants to live with her and the baby.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man enters a crowded tavern, shouts, and punches another man in the face (no blood or injury is evident); a third man pulls the man out into the street, berates him and holds him back, the two men are joined by three women, and the five of them insult one another and shout before separating angrily, each person walking away in a different direction.
 A man enters a small party and announces that an 18-wheeler pushed his Dad, riding his motorcycle, off the highway; another scene shows the older man in a hospital bed with bandages on his head and an oxygen tube in his nose as a doctor says that he did a craniotomy on the man that left him unable to speak.
 Three men and three women argue among themselves, questioning each other's worth as comedians, talking down to one another, and rejecting one another. Two men in a comedy group berate a third man for trying to hog the act in a few scenes. A man suggests to a woman that she is too wealthy to ever have worked. A woman tells a man that he is not good at improv comedy or comedy writing. A woman tells a man that she was hired as a comedy writer by a major TV show and he shouts and curses at her. A man tells friends, "I don't want my Dad to die thinking I was a failure." A woman in a skit says. "The last drop of a man's blood is the sweetest nectar you will ever drink," and "The last breath of a person is the luckiest thing you can ever feel." A woman states that she was OCD as a kid, but is no longer. A man criticizes another woman for attending psychotherapy sessions twice a week; he argues that she goes only because she is wealthy.
 We see a coffin at the back of a church altar for a funeral as the son of the deceased speaks to friends in the pews briefly.
 A woman jokes to a man, "What if I throw up in your mouth" and he makes retching sounds as they kiss and he laughs. A man makes retching sounds beside the far side of a bed and we see his clothed back (no vomit is seen and it is unclear whether it is a joke). A woman blows raspberries that sound like flatulence.

PROFANITY 6 - About 13 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (dumb, fat, weird, psycho, slimy, unattractive, egocentric, loser, showboat, fast, slow [mentally], thief), exclamations (oh my gosh, shut-up), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, My God, Holy Mackerel). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Several scenes feature a drug pipe (we do not see any smoke), a woman holds a marijuana pipe and hands it to another woman who lights it and inhales deeply and then the other woman puts the pipe in her mouth and the scene abruptly ends, a woman arrives at her bedroom door to find a sticky note that reads "Your room smells like pot - Mom" before entering the room and smoking a pipe, a woman lights and smokes a marihuana pipe while walking along a sidewalk, a woman smokes a marijuana pipe in an apartment as we see men and women holding cans and bottles of beer, a man smokes a marijuana pipe, a woman lights and smokes a marijuana pipe while seated beside a home pool at night and in the house later, a man lights and smokes a marijuana pipe, a woman says that her roommate "sells crack," and a man jokes that a woman went to drug rehab. Glasses of beer and a glass of wine are seen on a bar while a man holds but does not drink a bottle of beer, three women and three men sit at a table with beer bottles in a bar, two men with beer bottles and two women with mixed cocktails sit in a bar and two other people are seen with a glass of wine and a beer bottle, a bar table holds five beer bottles and two short glasses of whiskey (we see men and women drink from them), men and women at a bar are shown holding beer bottles, a man says that an unseen man is half in the bag (half drunk), men and women drink from glasses of champagne at a party and we see empty beer cans and an empty champagne bottle on a table, a woman drinks from a martini glass and a man has a glass of wine in front of him with another glass of wine on the table, two women have glasses of wine sitting beside them at a pool, a woman has a glass of wine on her table at a club and does not drink, a crowded party in a large bar shows glasses of wine and a few beer bottles on five or six tables (we see no one drink), and three glasses of wine sit untouched on end tables at a wake.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Making a living with comedy, poverty, failure, success, insecurity, envy, verbal abuse, loss of friendship, love, relationships, changes, disillusionment, disappointment, sadness, illness, death, starting over, growing up, forgiveness, letting go, moving on, reconciliation.

MESSAGE - Not everyone can be a comedy star, but improvisation work is a good experience for life.

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