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A.C.O.D. | 2013 | R | - 6.2.5

A seemingly well-adjusted restaurateur (Adam Scott) was caught up in the 15-year divorce proceedings of his parents and then discovered that he was the subject of a study about the children of divorce. After his younger brother becomes engaged, he is thrust back into the study for a follow-up. Also with Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clark Duke. Directed by Stu Zicherman. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man walks in on his estranged parents having sex: we see the man's bare buttocks as he thrusts and the legs of the woman around the man's waist while she sits on a counter; the older man pulls away, wraps an apron around his waist to cover his nudity as the older woman pulls her dress strap up to cover her chest (we see no nudity on the woman); the man chases his adult son out of the house.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, we see the man lift the woman onto a countertop, they continue to kiss passionately and we see them pull at each other's clothing until another woman turns on the lights interrupting them and she looks at them judgmentally as they stop kissing and part ways. A young man and a young woman kiss.
 An older woman enters a room quickly after an older man (her estranged ex-husband) enters the room; the woman's hair is disheveled and it is implied that she and the older man had just had in sex.
 We see a man making crude grasping gestures as he stands in front of a woman wearing a low-cut, cleavage exposing dress (implying that he wants to grab her chest). An older man flirts with a young woman wearing a low-cut, cleavage exposing top. A woman runs her hands over the arm of an older man, a man watches and asks the woman who the older man was and the woman explains that he was her ex-husband.
 An older man tells his adult son that he and his adult son's mother (his estranged wife) had a very healthy sex life; the adult son makes a remark about the older man's other estranged wife and the older man makes a crude remark about how much he had enjoyed sex with the other woman. We hear a portion of a conversation where a man and a woman discuss that the man's older parents (now estranged) were caught having sex by the man; the woman makes a remark about how the sex must have been "great make-up sex." A woman tells her young son that his father (her estranged husband) is gay (this is not true). A woman crudely jokes to a man that she is going to start a therapy session with "a little incest anecdote." An older man tells his two sons an anecdote about meeting a prostitute. A woman tells a man that his younger brother is a "total flirt." We overhear a portion of a young woman's phone call to her father to announce her engagement when she says, "No, I'm not pregnant." An older woman jokingly tells her adult son that people will think he is her "boy toy" and he is obviously disturbed by her remark.
 A man is seen wearing skin-tight tights that are slightly sheer (we see profile of his genitals) and we overhear a woman instructing the man that he cannot go outside without putting on pants over his tights. We see a young man wearing boxer shorts and a button-up shirt (bare legs are seen).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We see flames erupt from a gas-soaked trash can filled with papers and the flames spread to a porch (people are inside the house); one of the men in the house shouts that the house is on fire, a woman races into the house and screams that the house is on fire, then races out and we later see several people, covered in soot, standing in front of a burned-down house (no one is harmed).
 An older woman purposely opens a freezer door, slamming it into a woman's face and hitting her nose.
 An older woman is chased by her adult son, the man runs into a parking lot and the woman gets into her car and drives away rapidly, narrowly missing hitting the man on her way out of the lot. A man stands up rapidly from a table, knocks a cup of hot tea into a woman's lap and then storms away after apologizing briefly. A man angrily throws a book.
 A woman screams at a man in the background of a child's birthday party and we hear the two exchange crude threats and disgusting remarks; they shout in one another's faces as their son listens to them. A man shouts angrily at his older parents and his young adult brother. A woman shouts at an older man, making a snide remark about him. An older woman shouts at a woman, coming to the defense of an older man. An older woman shouts angrily. An older woman shouts at her estranged ex-husband, the older man shouts back and their adult son interrupts, shouting at both of them. A man shouts at an older woman. An older woman shouts as her adult son sits still; she directs her shouting at him and then becomes silent. An older man and an older woman whisper-shout at one another as their adult son watches; the woman gets up to leave, makes a loud clattering noise and sits back down. An older man crudely tells his adult son that he would kick his ex-wife (the man's mother) in a crude term for male genitals. We hear a man's father's voicemail concerning the man's mother (the older man's ex-wife) saying that he would not hesitate to get a restraining order against the woman. A man makes a remark that an older woman (his therapist) interprets as acknowledging that his step-mother had died; the man quickly retracts the statement and explains that the woman was not dead, but that she and his father had just gotten divorced. A man tells several people a story about throwing his young son into a lake to force him to learn to swim; the older man and his estranged wife laugh about the experience, their adult son interrupts and announces that he had almost died and he storms out of the room, obviously upset. A man tells a young man (his younger brother), "I patronized them" in reference to his parents. An older woman makes an obviously racist remark to an Asian American woman, asking how fluent she is in English (the woman was born and raised in the US). A young man makes a vaguely racist remark about selecting yellow paper to represent the family of his Asian American fiancée's family.
 A young woman tells a man that a young man (the man's brother) had made her urinate under a porch. A young man crudely tells a man (his older brother) that their father had told him that he was having stomach issues. An older woman makes a crude remark about urinating on a parade.
 A woman jokes that her husband, "Isn't dead yet." A woman jokingly fake-punches a man in the arm.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 9 F-words and its derivatives, 10 sexual references, 23 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms (on two occasions we see a crude anatomical term as a portion of a nickname a man has for a woman typed into his cell phone and 2 terms are mild), 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (a couple of bad decisions away from sleeping under an overpass, filthy fat mouth, Captain [F-word deleted]-face, total disaster, pain in the [anatomical term deleted], little racist, liars, crying like a little girl, incredibly unprofessional, Old Man River, unwelcomed guest, numb [anatomical term deleted], dumb son of a [mild obscenity deleted], [F-word deleted] children), exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Oh My God, Jesus, Oh Jesus).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A young man asks his adult brother if he wants to "get high" and the man turns him down, and a man remarks to an older woman that he had seen multiple people snorting cocaine while working in restaurants and the older woman makes a remark about people enjoying doing cocaine. Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking wine and liquor at a bar/restaurant, we see men and women drinking wine at a wine bar, an older man remarks about his wine selection and we see him holding a bottle, and an older man tells his adult son that he and his estranged ex-wife (the man's mother) had shared multiple glasses of wine. A woman smokes a cigarette, and a woman lights and takes three drags from a cigarette and stubs out the cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stability, acting out, adult children of divorce, divorce, coping abilities, marriage, fidelity in a marriage, loyalty, therapy.

MESSAGE - Divorce has long-lasting effects on the entire family.

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