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A Beautiful Mind | 2001 | PG-13 | - 4.5.4

Biopic of the meteoric rise, fall and rise of John Forbes Nash Jr., (Russell Crowe) a math prodigy able to solve problems that baffled brilliant mathematicians. Having made an astonishing discovery early in his career, the arrogant Nash was soon diagnosed with schizophrenia. However, finally, late in life, he received the Nobel Prize. Also with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Adam Goldberg and Paul Bettany. [2:12]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and woman are shown in bed together; the woman kisses the man and slips her hand down his chest and under the sheets toward his crotch. A man and woman kiss several times and a man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man talks bluntly to two women about wanting to have sex with them (during different scenes). A woman touches a man's face tenderly, she puts his hand on her chest and they hug. A man and woman stand close together while talking and flirting. A man makes a pass at a woman and she slaps him in the face. A group of men admire a group of women and make suggestive comments. A woman leans out a window and her clothed buttocks are admired by men in a classroom. A man takes his shirt off and we see him bare to the waist. We see a woman in a tight fitting sweater, a woman wears an evening gown which exposes her shoulders and back, and there are women in other cleavage, shoulder and back revealing outfits.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man scratches deep gashes into his arms (we see lots of blood). Two men are shot at while in a car and the rear window shatters as they drive recklessly trying to get away. Two men in a car are shot, drive off a pier and the car sinks. A baby in a tub filling with water nearly goes under. A man is chased, restrained, injected in the leg, and shoved into a car by three men; he wakes up in shackles. A man chases someone through woods and ends up being surrounded by soldiers with guns drawn. A man punches a man, and a man shoves a woman against a wall and she falls to the ground. A man slams his head into a window which breaks; we see a bloody gash on his forehead. A man threatens a woman with a gun. A man is strapped to a bed and injected (we see the needle go into his arm), and we watch him begin to convulse. A man is strapped to a chair and something is implanted in his arm; we see a raised bloody spot and he winces. A woman screams and throws a glass at a mirror breaking both. A man is dragged screaming down a hallway. Two men argue and shove each other and one ends up on the floor. A man yells and thrashes about in a crowd of people. A man tries to get out of a chair but falls to the ground because his ankles are shackled together. A man shoves a large desk through a window and the desk splinters when it hits the ground. A man appears frightened in a dark parking lot, the wind blows and a dog barks in the distance. A man talks about his sister having been killed in a car crash. There is a discussion about a bomb having incinerated people, and talk of a bomb threat on U.S. soil. A man jumps in front of a car in order to stop it. A man makes a pass at a woman and she slaps him in the face, another woman slaps a man in the face, and a woman yells at a man and people tease and make fun of a man.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 6 scatological terms, 8 sexual references, 3 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations, and some insults.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is shown to be drunk and he stumbles a bit; two men share a flask of alcohol, and there are several bar scenes with people drinking alcohol. Several people are shown smoking.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mathematics, Fascism and Nazism, being a genius, mental superiority, creativity, recognition, paranoia, schizophrenia, insanity, conspiracies, luck, code breaking, the atom bomb and nuclear weapons, the Department of Defense, Robert Oppenheimer, Adam Smith, governing dynamics, the Nobel Prize.

MESSAGE - There are a number of solutions to any given problem. The mystery of love provides meaning to life. The extraordinary is possible.

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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.

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