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Abandon | 2002 | PG-13 | - 4.4.4

Katie Holmes stars as a college student who's under extreme pressure: Not only because she has exams, her thesis and interviews to worry about, but a police detective (Benjamin Bratt) shows up and begins to investigate the two-year-old disappearance of her boyfriend (Charlie Hunnam). Also with Zooey Deschanel and Gabrielle Union. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young woman and an older man kiss, we see some bare skin (it isn't clear what body part) and we see the man's head below the woman's waist (suggesting oral sex), we see them in bed together both with bare shoulders and they kiss a couple of times. A young man and a young woman kiss, he presses her against a wall, lifts her leg to his waist, caresses her bare thigh and we then see them in bed together (he's bare-chested). We hear rhythmic banging and moaning coming from another room. A young man and a young woman fall in a field of flowers, roll around together and kiss. A young man and a young woman kiss a few times, and people kiss and caress each other at a college party. A young man grabs a young woman, kisses her neck, slips off her jacket and we hear his pants unzip. A man (he's a counselor and therapist) caresses a young woman's hands and moves closer to her while asking if he can call her for a date. A young woman and an older man lie in bed together (they are clothed and it appears to be more for comfort). A young man makes it apparent that he has feelings for a young woman. We hear about a young woman's ability to attract the attentions of men. We see a young woman in a bra and panties as she is changing her clothes. Young women wear outfits (low-rise pants, halter-tops) that reveal bare abdomens, bare lower backs and cleavage. Three young women and a young man lie on a bed watching a strobe light (they are all clothed and appear to be high on something or drunk). A group of men admire a young woman's buttocks as she walks by. There is some sexual innuendo with regard to a young woman's mental health counselor "giving her what she needs."

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is hit on the head with a rock twice and we hear a crunch (we see the body roll into water and watch it sink; he has blood on his forehead). A young man slams a young woman against a wall and holds her by the throat (she gags and gasps). A young woman panics and runs when she sees a pair of eyes through a bookshelf in a library. A young woman is frightened when she is awakened by the sound of someone jiggling her door handle and then pounding on the door violently. A young man grabs a young woman violently and kisses her. We hear a description of how a body was dismembered and burned. A man talks about having hit a person or an animal with his car while he was drunk (he describes blood, hair and a dent on the bumper). A young man talks abusively to a young woman. There are many conversations about a young man being dead. A young man talks about having an altercation with another young man (chest poking). A young woman yells at a young man. A young woman appears to be seriously hung over. A young woman talks about her father having left her when she was young. A man kicks and punches his car.

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LANGUAGE 4 - A young woman spells out a part of an F-word, 9 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 8 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation.

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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and smoking a drug. There are references to a character having a substance abuse problem. There is also a conversation about a character being involved with selling drugs.)

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Missing persons, suicide, substance use and abuse, betrayal, vulnerability, validation, symbiosis, protests, globalization, happiness, selling out, ADD, stalking, fantasies.
MESSAGE - Things are not always what they appear to be.
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