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The Astronaut's Wife | 1999 | R | - 5.5.6

The wife of a celebrated NASA astronaut (who inexplicably lost contact with his ship for two minutes during his last mission) begins to suspect something is horribly wrong with her husband and the twins she's carrying. With Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Nick Cassavetes, Blair Brown, Joe Morton, Donna Murphy, Tom Noonan, Clea DuVall, Dawn Landon, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse and Conrad Bachmann. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Some sexual innuendo and several kisses. A man gently pushes a woman against a wall, runs his hand down her clothed front, puts his hand underneath her skirt, lifts her legs onto his hips and begins thrusting; we then see them in bed and he's thrusting on top of her violently while she seems to be in some pain (no nudity is seen). A nude but blanket-covered woman lies on a man's back; they pull the blanket over their bodies and heads and we see them rolling around a bit before the scene ends. A woman rubs cherry pie on her neck and a man licks it off. We see a woman wearing a man's dress shirt, part of a pregnant woman's bare belly, a woman's bare back as she wraps herself in a blanket, and a woman's bare back as a man bathes her (her knees are drawn up to her chest, covering her breasts).

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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man grabs a woman and holds her ear close to his mouth; she seems to be in pain and squeezes his hand until it bleeds; then we see blood dripping from her ear and her lifeless body on the floor. A woman purposefully electrocutes herself (we see her holding a radio while sitting in water), a woman dreams she is electrocuted in the same way, and a man is electrocuted (we see his eyes bulge and his body convulse). Electric beams shoot into a woman's eyes and surround her body, but she's not electrocuted. A man in a hospital convulses violently, is given an injection in the chest and is shocked with paddles to revive his heartbeat. A man grabs a woman by the back of the head and forces her to kiss him before she pushes him away; he then knocks glasses off a table, falls backwards into a table and dies (his mouth and neck are slightly bloody). A woman falls down a staircase; we see some bloody instruments and cloth during a surgery performed on her (no procedures are seen), then see her recovering in a hospital bed. A man slaps a woman and she falls to the ground. A woman smashes a tape recorder with a hammer and throws a glass against a wall. A woman cuts her finger and we see some blood on a cucumber she was slicing. During intercourse, a man thrusts very violently on top of a woman (see Sex/Nudity).

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LANGUAGE 6 - About 8 F-words, several anatomical and scatological references and a few mild obscenities.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Space exploration, pregnancy, death, suicide, abortion, mental illness, the possibility of alien life forms.
MESSAGE - People may not be who they seem to be. Aliens can assume human form.
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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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