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Animals | 2015 | R | - 5.5.9

A man and a woman (David Dastmalchian and Kim Shaw) live on the streets and move from one con to another in an effort to keep their drug addiction in check. When their habit eventually gets the better of them, they must each decide the path they will take. Also with John Heard, John Hoogenakker, John Lister and Lawrence MacGowan. Directed by Collin Schiffli. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman remove their clothes and dive into a swimming pool (we see her bare breasts, buttocks and pubic region as well as his bare chest, abdomen and pubic hair. A man attempts to inject himself with drugs, but is unable to find a vein; we see him open his pants and inject himself in the groin (pubic hair is shown). A fully nude man stands in a shower room (we see her back, buttocks and legs). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs. A woman looks into her shirt as she complains of breast pain (we see her bare upper chest). A woman wears a dress that reveals bare shoulders and bare legs to the thighs. A shirtless man is seen and his bare chest, abdomen and shoulders are shown. A woman sits on a toilet to urinate and we see her panties stretched across her bare thighs. A woman wears a short top that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and bare legs to the thighs. A woman does a handstand against a wall and her dress slips down to reveal her bare legs, panties and bare abdomen. A woman takes off her dress and we see her wearing a bra and panties (cleavage, bare abdomen, bare shoulders and legs are seen).
 A man and a woman kiss in a bed in an apartment and sex is implied. A man and woman kiss in a car and she straddles his lap; he stops her and says that he can't perform and she tries to convince him, but he declines saying that he did too many drugs. A man and a woman lie in bed together and we see her wearing a bra and panties (cleavage, bare abdomen and bare legs are shown) while he wears boxer briefs (bare chest and abdomen are seen) A man and a woman kiss on a bed (sex is implied).
 A man and a woman kiss on a street. A woman rests her head in a man's lap. A man and woman hug.
 A woman wearing a short and tight-fitting dress (revealing cleavage and bare legs to the thighs) goes to the house of a man she does not know and goes inside (presumably money for sex); she tells the man that she must take half of the money out to a man waiting for her or he will come to watch them (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman goes to a man's house and he asks her about what kinds of sexual (using sexually explicit terms) things he can do to her. A woman records a sexually suggestive message on a telephone to entice men to call her for "a date" (sex for money).
 A man and a woman in a car watch couple in an apartment building near them and they see one man and woman dance together. A man and a woman sleep in bed together fully clothed. A man and a woman sleep in a car together fully clothed in several scenes.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Police pound on a car window and force a woman to get out and the officers search her and the man with her for drugs; one officer puts on "beat down" gloves and punches the man in the stomach (he falls to the ground).
 A man tries to inject himself with a drug and is unable to find a vein; he tries his arm (we see scabs on his arm), his foot, his neck and eventually he injects himself in the groin (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A woman prepares a drug for injection and it spills on the floor in a filthy restroom; she uses her hypodermic needle to suck the liquid off the floor and injects it (we see hair and other garbage on the floor). A man and a woman go into separate rest rooms in a restaurant and prepare drugs to inject (we see the man injecting a hypodermic needle into a vein in his foot). A man injects himself in a neck vein and he spits and moans. A man injects himself while in a car.
 A woman runs out of a man's house and he chases her, he pulls her out of a waiting car and a man in the car gets out screaming and chases the first man with a screwdriver, threatening to stab him in the eye; the man and the woman speed away in a car. A man tries to convince a woman to go into a room with him; she struggles and pleads with him to let her go, he grabs her and takes her into the room and she calms down when she sees that it's OK. A man and a woman argue and the woman shoves the man while he is driving causing him to run into a stone wall.
 A man and a woman go into an emergency room and the woman appears to be in a great deal of pain; after a doctor examines her, they leave the building with a prescription medication (apparently it was a ruse to get drugs). A man and a woman steal CDs from a record store. A woman rustles through a prayer box in a church trying to get money. A man and a woman steal gifts from a wedding gift table in a church. A woman goes to the house of a man she does not know and goes inside (presumably money for sex) where she tells the man that she must take half of the money out to a man waiting for her or he will come to watch them; she takes the money out and they speed away in a car. A man is chased after stealing CDs from a record store; he drops the CDs on the ground and the man chasing him picks them up.
 A man and a woman sleep in a car in numerous scenes. A man and a woman sleep on a park bench. A man lunges around a corner toward a woman and startles her.
 We hear that a man is transferred to a mental hospital and cannot have visitors. A man yells at a woman outside an apartment. A drug dealer says, "Half the block got locked up." A woman tells a man, "My boob hurts. What if I have cancer?" A man says that he will, "Nail pins to the bottom of his feet" to cause someone pain. A man says, "We'll pull his hair plugs out with a power drill." A woman tells a man that she and another man "Set his house on fire," referring to a man who misbehaved on "a date." A woman tells a man that she might have cancer. A man buys drugs and a billboard above them reads, "Christ died for our sins." A police officer says that a friend of his was shot in the back of the head last week. A man says that he is going to threaten a woman's baby with an AIDS infected needle to get money from her (he does not). A man relates a story that includes a man "goes animal" on some people after they had attacked a woman and that a machine takes the man away to trash compactors after he was preparing to kill the woman he saved.
 A woman vomits, gags and spits over a toilet (we do not see goo). A man and a woman are shown going through withdrawal from drugs and we see them thrashing and moaning; the woman vomits in a bag (we see goo). We see a man's mouth and a darkened tooth is causing him pain (we hear that it is an abscess). A man has a seizure and we see him thrashing and spitting foam from his mouth. A woman sits on a toilet and we see her panties stretched across her bare thighs; she urinates on a pregnancy test stick (we see the stick). A woman brushes her teeth in a car (where she and a man are living) and we see some spittle when she drools and spits. A man sits on a toilet and moans; we understand that he has not defecated in a long time and he is in pain. A man kills a fly and drops it on his tray table in a hospital.

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LANGUAGE 9 - About 42 F-words and its derivatives, 4 sexual references, 20 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, sugar toes, hood rats, hypocrite, ), exclamations (shut-up), 5 religious profanities (GD), 20 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, I Swear To God, Oh God, God).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman go into separate rest rooms in a restaurant and prepare drugs to inject (we see the man injecting a hypodermic needle into a vein in his foot) and they do this in several additional scenes (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a man goes into a boarded up building to buy drugs, a man declines sex with his girlfriend because he says he did too many drugs and he cannot perform, a man shoots up in a car, a woman tells a man that she needs a hit before meeting a man, a man tells a woman that he has cocaine and puts a packet on the table, a man injects a woman in the arm (we see the needle enter her skin, and a woman talks about her step-father being on Oxycodone. A man and a woman in a car watch people in an apartment building near them and we see a woman drinking a large glass of what appears to be wine. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, and a man smokes a cigarette on a street.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug addiction, homelessness, asking for help, family, pregnancy, loneliness, cancer, desperation.
MESSAGE - Drug addiction can be next to impossible to kick.
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