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Wilson [2017] [R] - 6.4.10



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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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A lonely man's (Woody Harrelson) father dies and he is left with no family and no real friends. When he re-connects with his ex-wife, he learns that he has a teenage daughter and he tries to get to know her, with life-changing consequences. Also with Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines and Isabella Amara. Directed by Craig Johnson. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman have sex in bed and we see her thrusting on top of him and they both moan (she is wearing a sheer bralette that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and shoulders) until they are interrupted by a phone call.
 A topless woman (we see her bare back to the waist) is shown sleeping in bed next to a man wearing a T-shirt and boxers as he massages her back. A woman massages a man's back while straddling him (they are both clothed). A prostitute wears a deeply cut short top and shorts skirt/shorts that reveal deep cleavage, bare abdomen and bare legs. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage when she bends over. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears low-cut blouses and tank tops that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and bra straps.
 A man caresses a woman's hair and they kiss. A man and woman hug in an alley and we then see them lying in bed together as she sleeps; the man is shown wearing a T-shirt and boxers while the woman is shown wearing a bra and underwear and her shoulders, abdomen, cleavage and legs to the hip are seen (sex is implied).
 A man slams his car into the back of another car in a parking lot then asks the driver if she would like to go out on a date sometime; she yells at him and speeds away. A man tells a prostitute that he will take oral sex. A woman tells a man that she wouldn't mind a man hitting her car in order to "Get in my pants." A woman tells a man (using crude terms) that she lived with a man for 6 years before he told her he was gay. A man tells a woman that his wife left him, had an abortion and moved to L.A. A man asks a cab driver (using crude sexual terms) where he can find women for sex. A tattoo on a woman's buttock reads, "Property of Sir DADDY Big [anatomical term deleted]." A man stands next to another man using a public urinal and strikes up a conversation about parenting (we hear trickling but see not flesh) before looking down at the man's genitals and complimenting him. A man makes a joke about prison rape. A teen girl tells her biological father that she is going to have a baby. A woman tells a man that she is moving to Australia with her sponsor.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two teen boys and a teen girl tease and bully another teen girl about her weight; she throws an orange peel at the girl and they yell at each other until a man lunges at one boy, yells at him and slams him into a kiosk where they struggle and a woman tries to separate them. Two women argue, they yell and one throws a coffee mug against a cabinet near the other; they pull each other's hair, one bites the other on the wrist, one throws the other across a counter top and onto the floor where she straddles her and punches her in the face (we see no injuries). A woman hits a man with her bag twice and he falls to the ground where she hits him again and punches him. A prisoner in jail beats another prisoner with a metal lunch tray (we see the victim with blood tinged bandages on his head and nose). A prisoner punches another prisoner in the stomach and then kicks him three times while he is on the ground.
 A woman is shown handcuffed and sitting on the ground as a man is taken by two police officers and placed in a cruiser; we see the man sentenced to time in jail for kidnapping and child endangerment. A man purposely slams his car into the back of another car in a parking lot (we do not see damage or injuries); the driver of the other car gets out and inspects for damage, and then drives away. A woman on a carnival ride yells obscenities.
 A man is confrontational with people he sees on the street and encounters on a bus and a café. A man and a woman in a car watch a teenage girl as she comes out of her home, and then follow her to a shopping mall where they continue to watch her.
 An elderly man is shown unconscious in a hospital bed with oxygen tubes in his nose as his adult son speaks to him; we see the elderly man take a last breath and the other man whimpers and cries. It is implied that a woman struck a man in the head and we hear that he had 29 stitches.
 A man drives slowly in the middle of a two-lane road and other vehicles swerve to pass him while honking and the drivers shout insults at him.
 A man talks about his father having terminal cancer. A woman talks about her brother dying from Lymphoma. A man flips through photo albums while sitting in the storage unit of his dead father. A man talks to a woman about choosing not to have their baby but she tells him that she did and that the baby was adopted. A man says that moving to the suburbs is like a living death. A teen girl says, "My mom is scared of poor people." A woman says, "We're something out of a horror movie." A man talks about punching a nun repeatedly and other men laugh. A woman tells a man that his dog died while he was in jail for three years and the man collapses to the floor crying; we see them performing a ceremony for the dog later and they both cry. A man pleads with his teen daughter to be able to be involved in her life and he hugs her leg while kneeling on the ground. A man tells his dog, "I hate you," after finding her digging through garbage spread on the kitchen floor, and then gives her a big hug. A man threatens to fight with anyone who bullies his teenage daughter. A man and a woman argue in several scenes. A teenage girl yells at her father over the phone. A man calls religion "crazy mumbo-jumbo" and irrational. A man makes a joke about prison rape.
 A man complains to a caregiver in a park with two children about people not being able to care for their own children anymore; the caregiver takes the children and leaves the park warily. A man complains that his father will never die.
 A man stands next to another man using a public urinal and strikes up a conversation about parenting (we hear trickling but see not flesh). A man chews on a grape and spits it into a napkin (we see goo). A man says that a woman used to curse and flatulate. A man talks about how much bird feces is on the ground at a park. A man is shown with a swastika tattooed on his face.

PROFANITY 10 - About 57 F-words and its derivatives, 11 sexual references, 41 scatological terms, 32 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for gays, name-calling (stupid, fat [anatomical; term deleted], dumb [anatomical term deleted], saggy [anatomical term deleted], lazy, psychotic, whitey, fool, toxic soul draining vampire, neurotic, nightmare, brain damaged, fat girl, jerks, sad, undignified, crazy, hatchet face, strung out skank, skanky ho, crack whore, unfit mother, little miss perfect, disgusting pig, mess, scum, idiot, psycho), exclamations (heck, jeez, yikes, shut the [F-word deleted] up, go die), 7 religious profanities (GD), 27 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh My God, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted], Jesus, Thank God, Holy Christ, Christ). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We hear several references to a woman being strung out on drugs (we do not see evidence of this), and a woman talks about having a sponsor. A man and a woman drink glasses of wine in a bar/restaurant, a man remarks that a woman used to drink and smoke and curse, and men and women have glasses of wine at their places during dinner (we do not see anyone drink).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, happiness, loneliness, family, community, kidnapping, technology and its effects on human interaction, sharing memories, death of a parent, death of a pet, fairy tales, fantasy vs. reality, bullying, parenting, adoption, abortion, prostitution, DNA, privilege, teen pregnancy, sibling relationships.

MESSAGE - Happiness is not easy.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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