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Loving [2016] [PG-13] - 2.2.3



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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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Set in the late 1950s and based on the true story of a Virginia couple (Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton) who married and were arrested under the Virginia anti-miscegenation law that prohibited people of different races from marrying. They sued the state and Loving v. Virginia made it to the Supreme Court. Also with Will Dalton, Dean Mumford, Terri Abney, Alano Miller and Chris Greene. Directed by Jeff Nichols. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman kiss after a car race. A man and a woman get married and kiss after the pronouncement. A husband and his wife kiss goodbye as he leaves for work. A husband and his wife hug in bed and he kisses her shoulder and neck (she is wearing a nightgown that reveals her bare shoulders and upper back and he is fully clothed).
 A man and a woman hold hands and sits close to each other on a porch. A husband and his wife sleep in bed together (both clothed). A husband caresses his wife's clothed pregnant belly and a woman looking on does not seem to approve. A wife sits on her husband's lap and kisses him on the forehead. A husband rests his head on his wife's lap in real time and in a photograph.
 Men and women dance at a celebration while drinking and smoking.
 A woman reluctantly tells a man that she is pregnant and he is happy about the news (they are an interracial unmarried couple).
 A man is forced out of bed and we see him wearing a T-shirt and boxers that reveal his legs to the upper thighs. A young boy is shown shirtless and we see his bare back and shoulders.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two armed police officers break into a house and roust a man and a woman out of their bed before taking them away to separate prison cells. Police take a man and a woman away for a parole violation.
 A young boy runs into the street in front of an oncoming car that hits him; we do not see the impact but we see him with scratches on his head later. Two men in cars race on an open road and later on a track. Two young boys run into a street in front of an oncoming car that stops short of hitting them.
 A woman moves from one car to another on a dark road in hopes of not being seen. A man finds a brick in the front seat of is car and it is wrapped with an article about him and his wife; he becomes anxious. A man speeds on a dark road when he thinks he is being followed; he and another man stand on his front porch with guns anticipating trouble (nothing happens).
 A woman moans in labor in a couple of scenes; the second scene is longer and shows a woman pushing to deliver the child. Field workers are shown picking something in a field.
 A sheriff tells a man, "I will split your head into white meat." A man argues with another man about getting married in a couple of scenes and tells him that it makes no sense. A sheriff makes a threatening reference to putting a prisoner into a cell with a pregnant woman and she looks frightened. A young woman yells at a man. A woman reprimands her young son for jumping in the house. A woman tells her adult son that a sheriff's deputy was looking for him and he looks concerned. A man and a woman are sentenced to 1 year in jail for marrying and told that they can avoid prison by leaving the state and staying away for 25 years. A man tells a story about sticking his feet out a 55 story window to get a photograph and that building security threw him out of the building, head first. A man and a woman are told that the court viewed their children as "bastards." We read that a man was killed by a drunk driver.
 We see bloody water in a bucket at a mid-wife's house after a birth. A dog pulls trash out of a garbage can and eats it.

PROFANITY 3 - 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (crazy, string bean, bean, fool, bastards), 2 religious exclamations (Oh Lord, God's Law). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks a can of beer after a car race, people drink moonshine and beer at a celebration, and people drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in a bar. A man smokes outside on a porch in a few scenes, and a man holds an unlit cigarette at an outdoor car race.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, interracial marriage, Virginia, love, family, space exploration, ACLU, US Constitution, Supreme Court.

MESSAGE - Marriage is a right for all people and it is worth fighting for.

Special Keywords: S2 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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