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Bella | 2006 | PG-13 | - 2.4.1

A young, unmarried waitress at a Mexican restaurant finds herself pregnant and without work. The restaurant's chef is taken by Nina's plight and helps her decide on what to do with her pregnancy. But he also has secrets since he was a superstar soccer player who left the game and retreated from life and love. With Sophie Nyweide, Eduardo Verastegui, Ramon Rodriguez, Tammy Blanchard and Manny Perez. Directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman buys a pregnancy test and discovers that she is pregnant (we understand that the father is not interested in participating in parenting the child).
 A woman wears low-cut tank top through much of the movie.
 A man and a woman hug in a couple of scenes. A man talks about having wooed his wife with flowers.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A little girl runs into a street and is struck and killed by a car (we see the child with blood on her dress); the child's mother screams and strikes the driver of the car, and the driver cries and tries to console the mother.
 A woman considers an abortion, goes to a clinic, we see her lying on the examining table, she comes out of the room and sobs uncontrollably (she is unable to go through with it).
 Two men in a store argue over change, one shoves items off a counter and the other threatens to call the police. A man yells at another man and accuses him of unfair business practices (the man is then fired). Two men argue over the telephone. A man and a woman argue and he fires her.
 We hear that a woman's father died when she was a child and that her mother was unable to deal with the grief. A man accuses a woman of coming to work with a hangover (it was apparently morning sickness). A Chinese man is insulted when a man calls him a Korean.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild obscenity.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine with dinner. A man smokes a cigar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Grief, guilt, abortion, adoption, fame, passion, family, joy, sincerity, love, resentment, single parenting, pregnancy out of wedlock, unemployment, blindness, death of a child, death of a parent, death, involuntary manslaughter.

MESSAGE - A single event can irreversibly affect our lives.

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