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The Anniversary Party | 2001 | R | - 5.2.8

Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh, after reconciling following a year-long separation, host a sixth-year anniversary party for some close friends, only to have the happy event quickly deteriorate into an evening full of jealousy, regret and loss. Also with Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline, Phoebe Cates, Jane Adams, John C. Reilly, John Benjamin Hickey, Parker Posey, Denis O'Hare, Ryan Rose, Mina Badie, Jennifer Beals, Matt Malloy, Michael Panes and Clara Demedrano. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman takes off her dress and we see her bare breasts, two women swim topless in a sort of water ballet, and a woman wanders through a house topless. A woman is shown changing her clothes and we see the sides of her bare breasts. A woman is shown sensually kissing a man's knee and then they kiss, he kisses her stomach and back, and they writhe around on a bed. A man and woman are shown in bed in the midst of having sex -- they are interrupted. A man and woman kiss passionately. A man and woman are shown lying in bed together a couple of times (he is bare chested and she wears a tank top) and she caresses his face lovingly. A woman tries to kiss a man but he pushes her away.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man slaps a woman in the face. A man and woman quarrel several times, once very enthusiastically. A man slips into unconsciousness while underwater, but is revived by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A girl is shown covered with suction cup arrows and a boy holds a bow ready to shoot another one at her.


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LANGUAGE 8 - 59 F-words, 14 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, a couple of sexual references, some mild obscenities and name-calling and some religious profanities and exclamations.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parenthood, responsibility, abortion, fame, celebrity, jealousy, elitism, regrets, true love, drug/alcohol use and abuse, neuroses, sexual ambivalence, the death of a sibling.

MESSAGE - Having children will not save a marriage.

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