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I, Tonya [2017] [R] - 6.6.10



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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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The real-life story of ice-skater and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and the incident that brought her infamy and destroyed her dreams. Also with Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Mckenna Grace, Caitlin Carver, Bojana Novakovic, Julianne Nicholson and Paul Walter Hauser. Directed by Craig Gillespie. [1:59]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young man and a young woman have sex on a bed (we see him thrusting and his bare buttocks and legs are shown while she is wearing a bra and we see her cleavage and bare legs to the hip). A young man and a young woman kiss and fall on the floor (sex is implied). A young man kisses a young woman's neck and shoulder. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss. A husband tries to kiss his wife and she pulls away.
 A topless woman is shown in the background of two somewhat blurry scenes in a strip club; we see her bare breasts (her nipples are covered by tassels), abdomen, back and legs to the lower buttocks as she dances around a pole.
 A teen boy and a teen girl smile at each other and flirt in a few scenes. A teen girl asks a teen boy if he likes her.
 A teen boy watches a teen girl (they're step-siblings) wearing a bra and pants (cleavage, bare abdomen and shoulders are seen), and then rushes and touches her bra-covered breast (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman talks about people expecting her to embody, "What a woman is supposed to be." A woman asks her teen daughter and her boyfriend if they have had sex yet, using crude terms.
 Skating outfits/costumes have short skirts that reveal legs to the lower buttocks (covered by tights). A young woman wears a low-cut wedding gown that reveals cleavage. A man is shown shirtless in the back seat of a car (we see his bare upper chest and shoulders with crumbs of food in his chest hair). A man is shown wearing Jockey-type underwear and a T-shirt (we see his bare legs to the hips). A woman carrying a round counter card walks in a boxing ring wearing a skimpy outfit that reveals cleavage and lower breasts, abdomen and legs to the hips

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man breaks through a hotel room door and holds a gun on a woman as they yell at each other, he holds the gun to his own head and under his chin, he slams her into a mirror, she kicks him in the crotch and runs away, he shoots at her and the bullet ricochets off a car and grazes her cheek (we see blood on her face). A man hits a woman in the leg with a retractable baton and she falls to the floor screaming. A woman is shown beating another woman in the leg with a baseball bat (the attacker is shown with blood on her face and the victim with blood on her leg).
 A woman throws things off a dining table at her daughter while berating her; she then throws a knife that sticks in the daughter's arm and we see blood on her sleeve and the blade. A man slams a woman in the nose and she hits her head on a car window (we see her bloody nose). A man pulls a woman's pony tail and throws her to the floor (she hits her head). A husband punches his wife in the face and we see her covering bruises with makeup later. A teen boy slams a teen girl against a wall and into a mirror that shatters. A teen boy hits a teen girl in the side of the face and we hear that beatings were a regular occurrence. A man slams a woman's hand in a car door and she screams. A woman hits her daughter in the face and berates her for her skating performance. A woman beats her young daughter with a hair brush and berates her. A woman kicks her young daughter over in a chair while berating her. A woman smacks her young daughter on the head and face in a few scenes.
 A teen boy watches a teen girl (they're step-siblings) wearing a bra and pants (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), and then rushes and touches her bra-covered breast and she shoves him to the floor and beats him repeatedly with a curling iron (we hear that she had him arrested). A young woman throws her ice skate at a woman and it hits the wall next to her. A man head-butts a glass door to get out (no blood is shown) and tackles a man on a sidewalk outside as he runs away. Two men scuffle briefly and one man leaves. A woman throws a small tape recorder at her mother as she walks away.
 Women are shown boxing and we see punches landing with bloody wounds occurring on their faces and swollen eyes developing (blood drips down their faces); one fighter is punched hard in the face and blood sprays from her mouth along with her mouth guard (she spits blood onto the mat) and she falls down.
 A woman calls out disparaging remarks to her young daughter while she skates in several scenes. A woman yells at and berates another woman in several scenes. A young woman confronts and yells at judges that have not given her a score that she wants after performances in a few scenes. A young girl pleads with her father not to leave her with her mother when they divorce (he drives away and she screams and cries). A man calls out insults to a woman preparing to skate and she lunges toward him but is held back. A woman and her adult daughter argue bitterly in many scenes.
 A young woman girl shoots a gun at a young man as he runs out of a house (he is not struck). A young girl shoots at a rabbit with a rifle and hits the rabbit with a second shot (we see the rabbit thrown off the ground with no blood evident).
 Ice skaters are shown falling several times in different performances (no injuries are seen).
 A man and a woman argue through a door and she tells him that he should kill himself. A man talks about a plan to, "Take out Nancy Kerrigan." A man talks about bashing someone in the kneecap. A woman tells her young daughter to spit in another girl's milk for calling her names. A young woman says, "You do dumb things." We hear that a woman has received a death threat that says that if she skates, "She'll get a bullet in the back."
 A man skins rabbits and we see a blood-covered, skinned carcass and a bloody knife along with many cleaned pelts that are then made into a fur coat for a young girl to wear. A woman is shown wearing an oxygen tube in her nose in several scenes throughout the movie. A man and a woman smash cake into each other's faces at their wedding reception, and then into other people's faces. A woman is shown with large bruises on her face and arms as well as black eyes in several scenes. A man is shown with food stains on a napkin around his neck and eating sloppily. A man urinates in a urinal next to another man (we do not see anything and hear a trickle). A woman cries and hyperventilates when a judge assigns her sentence. A woman cries and hyperventilates before a performance.

PROFANITY 10 - About 123 F-words, 3 obscene hand gestures, 1 sexual hand gesture, 35 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for lesbians, name-calling (most hated man in American, tooth fairy, dumb, boobs, big fate gas bag, nobody, fat, ugly, retarded, creepy, redneck, honey, idiot, insane, whore, trashy, haters, hot house flower, white trash, graceless, stupid, soft, monster, megalomaniacal, greenhorn, she looked like she stepped in poo, selfish), exclamations (shut her up, shut-up, keep your big mouth shut), 4 religious profanities (GD), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. For Christ Sake, Jesus, Oh My God, God, I Swear To God, Holy [scatological term deleted] ). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman uses a medicated inhaler in several scenes. A woman holds and drinks from a glass of liquor in several scenes throughout the movie, a woman pours alcohol from a flask into a thermos cup with coffee while watching her young daughter skate, two women guzzle beer from cans in a hotel room, a woman drinks shots of liquor at a pool hall, two men hold and drink from beer bottle in several scenes in a home and a strip club, a woman drinks from a flask, and a woman drinks a glass of wine at a dinner table. A woman smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the film, a woman smokes a cigarette on an ice rink, a woman smokes a cigarette in a kitchen, a young woman smokes at a skate rink and puts the butt out with her skate blade, two women smoke cigarettes in a hotel room, and a woman smokes in a restaurant.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Competitive sports, bad luck, divorce, parenting, physical abuse, emotional abuse, fear, friendship, failure, mind control, being unfair, second chances, parental support, image, sensational news, Nicole Brown Simpson murder, parental pride, the Olympics.

MESSAGE - Tonya Harding suffered a lot of physical and emotional abuse from both her mother and husband. Idiots will undertake idiotic acts.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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