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The Only Living Boy in New York [2017] [R] - 5.2.6



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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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After graduating from college a young man (Callum Turner) doesn't know what he wants to do with himself and he meets an older man (Jeff Bridges) who helps him learn more about life among sophisticated urbanities. Also with Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Kiersey Clemons, Tate Donovan, Wallace Shawn, Anh Duong and Debi Mazar. Directed by Marc Webb. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man goes to a woman's apartment and they kiss; we see them lying in bed together later (sex is implied) and he is bare-chested while she has a sheet wrapped around her chest (her cleavage are visible). A young man and a woman kiss, he presses her against a wall and we hear moaning as the camera scans people at a nearby gathering (sex is implied). A young man and a woman lie in bed, presumably after sex, and we see his bare chest and her upper chest.
 A young man and a woman kiss as she straddles his lap (they are both clothed). A young man sees his father with a woman that's not his mother and the man kisses the woman's cheek and nuzzles her neck. A drag artist performs a dance/partial striptease in a club and she removes her gloves and an outer garment to reveal a corset.
 A woman tells a young man, "You are trying to make love to me." A young man confronts a woman about her affair with his father and uses crude terms to refer to their activities. A young woman asks a young man if he slept with a woman. A man asks a young man if he wants to have sex with a woman. A young woman talks about a sexual encounter with a young man when they were, "Both on Molly." A young man says, "I should be on a beach, naked with her." A young man describes a young woman's beauty as being "Direct from God." A young man who just got married makes a derogatory statement about sex after marriage. A woman tells a young man that she is at a gathering with a man, pretending to be his girlfriend, so that he will not be suspected of being gay. A young man makes an insinuation that a woman is being paid for her time with a man.
 A young woman changes clothes in the back of a taxi and the driver looks in the rear view mirror; we see the young woman wearing a bralette and then a strapped dress that reveals cleavage. A young woman wears a dress with cut-outs on the back that reveal her bare shoulders and back. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare backs and shoulders at a wedding reception. A shirtless young man climbs in bed alone (we see his bare shoulders, chest and abdomen).

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man yells at his adult son and grabs him by the lapels, and then lets him go. A woman grabs a young man by the arm and speaks to him sternly. A man threatens a woman if she scars a young man.
 A woman says that her father put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. A young man says that his father can't get his mother to quit smoking. A man at a wedding reception makes a speech and he appears to be inebriated.

PROFANITY 6 - About 13 F-words and its derivatives (one not fully enunciated), 7 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, confused, young, junkies, mess, boy without mystery, manipulative, sneaky, dead marriage), 1 religious profanity (GD), 2 religious exclamations (Jesus, Oh My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a line drawing of an unconscious person with a syringe next to him on the ground, a man makes reference to the temperature it takes to cook heroin properly, a man says that the only thing missing in his adult son is an Opium habit, a man smokes a marijuana cigarette and shares it with a young man, a man makes reference to wine and Quaaludes, and a young woman refers to having been on Molly. Two men drink wine, a man drinks whiskey, a man drinks wine and whiskey in most scenes, people drink champagne at a wedding reception and at a company anniversary celebration, a man drinks whiskey and smokes a cigar on a bench outside an apartment, a woman smokes a cigarette and drinks whiskey in an apartment, and we hear song lyrics that include "Send out for whiskey, send out for gin." A man smokes cigars in a few scenes, a woman smokes a cigarette on a balcony, a woman smokes a cigarette in bed, and a young man says that his father can't get his mother to quit smoking.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - New York, love, urban decay, infidelity, parenting, depression, broken hearts, stress, disease, defense mechanisms, alcoholism, inadequacies, jealousy, infatuation, companionship, hindsight, wealth, respect, guilt, loneliness, understanding, forgiveness, expectations and disappointment, infertility, morality, unpredictable forces of life.

MESSAGE - Life is full of expectations and disappointments. The only way out is through.

Special Keywords: S5 - V2 - P6 - MPAAR

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