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Biutiful | 2010 | R | - 7.6.8

Javier Bardem stars as a man doing his best to care for his two young children while operating a less than savory street business. After finding out that he is dying, he struggles with finding a way to ensure that his children are protected after he is gone. Also with Maricel Alvarez, Eduardo Fernández, Diaryatou Daff, Chang Tai Shen, Luo Jin, Hanna Bouchaib and Guillermo Estrella. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. In Spanish with English subtitles. [2:18]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman is shown wearing only thong underwear (her bare breasts and buttocks are visible): she parades around a room, climbs on a bed where a man is lying, she spills a glass of wine on him, she straddles him, he pinches her nipple, he pulls her toward him and tries to kiss her, and she slaps him in the face and leaves.
 A nightclub scene shows many topless women (their bare breasts are shown) wearing only thong panties that reveal bare buttocks dancing on stage with many people milling around and watching; during the same nightclub scene we see women wearing costumes that include attachments over their bare buttocks that resemble bare breasts with nipples and head pieces that also resemble a bare breast with nipple.
 A man kisses another man's neck, he unfastens the man's pants, they kiss passionately and one man breathes heavily. A man wearing only jockey-style underwear (his bare chest and abdomen are visible) watches another man dress while sitting on a rumpled bed (sex is implied).
 A wife caresses her husband's face and hair, they kiss, and she moves down to his crotch and unfastens his pants until the man stops her and she stands up (no nudity is shown). An apparently nude woman (we see her bare back) sleeps in a man's bed (sex is implied).
 A man is shown bare-chested while lying in bed. A man is shown showering. A man lies on an examining table and undergoes an examination and when he sits up we see a part of his bare thigh. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and the outline of her nipples is visible through the fabric. A woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage. A woman nurses her infant and we see the top of her bare breast (no nipple is visible). A woman sleeps in a man's bed (we see her bare back). A man undresses and we see him wearing an adult diaper (his bare chest, abdomen and legs are shown).
 A woman appears to be a masseuse, but there is a suggestion that sex might be involved with some clients. A woman is shown wearing a mini-skirt and walking along a street and her manner suggests that she might be a prostitute. Men and women dance in a nightclub scene.
 A man tells another man that he had sex with a woman and points her out; the other man is alarmed that she seems so young. A wife asks her husband about the time they had sex in a closet. A wife yells at her husband and says, "If you would at least touch me." A woman tells a man "We know you're gay."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - We see a dead man lying on a bed (blood is splattered on the sheets around him and on the wall next to him) and it is not clear if it was a self-inflicted wound or someone killed him. Many dead bodies are shown floating in waves and washing up on shore. We see a dead body (it's limp and discolored) being pulled out of water and onto a boat. Many people in a basement room lie dead after being asphyxiated by gas (we see their faces with ashen skin and open mouth). A man looks at a man's dead body on a table and we see that the man's face has begun to decompose (there is a hole in the cheek, the lips are darkened and stringy and the eyes are dark).
 Police chase street merchants through crowded streets: one man is struck by a car and his head hits the street hard (no blood is shown), another is tackled and handcuffed, another is tackled into tables and struck with a nightstick, another is struck in the face with a nightstick and he falls to the ground (we see his bloody face) and another man is grabbed and taken away by the police. A man yells and attacks another man, and holds him around the throat until a third man pulls him away. A husband and his wife struggle over a young boy (their son) and the man grabs the woman around the throat until she lets the boy go. Police officers raid a building where there are many illegal Chinese immigrants and arrest them. A man grabs another man by the face and pushes him against a wall.
 A man imagines seeing the dead in several scenes: one boy is shown seated in a chair and several other people are shown clinging to a ceiling. A man stands over the body of a dead boy and speaks to him asking, "Why can't you leave." We see many coffins in a tall crypt that is being dismantled.
 A man urinates in a few scenes and we see the stream as it becomes increasingly bloody and drips on a toilet seat. A nurse attempts to draw blood from a man's arm, the man flinches when the needle is inserted, and he takes the needle and draws blood from his own arm (we se the needle pierce the skin each time and watch blood fill the syringe). We see the stained crotch of a man's pants in several scenes suggesting a lack of bladder control.
 We see the bruised eye of a young boy and we understand that his mother struck him in the face. A woman admits to having struck a young boy. A woman slaps a man in the face after he tries to kiss her. A man slams his hand on a table and tells his son to leave the table and go to his room. A man pounds on a door, but no one answers.
 People are seen grieving over the dead bodies of three boys in a church (we see the dead bodies in coffins). A woman sits next to the dead body of a man on a bed (we see the man).
 A man is seen paying a police officer that is threatening him. A husband and his wife argue in a few scenes. A woman yells at a man when he tells her that her deceased son regrets having stolen a watch when he was alive. A man yells at workers in a sewing factory about doing shoddy work.
 A man is told that his cancer has spread from his prostate to his liver, that he will need chemotherapy and he will live 2-3 months. A man tells a woman that he is dying of cancer. A young girl yells at her father to tell her what is wrong (he is dying of cancer). A young boy says he "wet himself" in a couple of scenes. A man talks about his mother and father separating and that his mother "never saw him again." A man talks about his parents dying. A man talks about his father dying of pneumonia. A man tells another man that he should not wear a ponytail because he looks like a fox and will scare the owls. A man makes a crass remark about another man getting in a "fight over a black guy." A man talks about having had an argument with his young son the day before he died and regretting it. A woman talks about another woman having "belly surgery" and that her belly button disappeared. A man refers to people as "illegals dealing drugs." A woman says, "Chemotherapy is poison." A man talks about a tiger tearing the face off a man and killing him. A man talks about "Franco persecuting and killing people." A woman says, "I can't move and if I do, I think my head will fall off." A man says, "When an owl dies it spits out a hair ball from its beak. A young boy talks about what would happen if an astronaut's suit got a hole in it, and that it would explode. A man talks about cremating someone and he and another man talk about the relocation of a cemetery. We hear that two children were smoking and we see a burned mattress. A woman describes how a man used her finger to pick his nose and that it was a "black, hairy booger."
 We see people sleeping in a cold basement and working in sweatshop conditions. A man wakes a number of sleeping people in a basement causing a young child among them to cry. We see a homeless man sleeping on a sidewalk. We see people in filthy living conditions.
 A man is seen lying on a table and moving through an MRI or CT scan machine in a hospital. We see an infusion center where a man is receiving chemotherapy treatment and another man is shown with no hair.
 We see a video of killer whales washing up on shore. We see a dead owl lying in snow in a wooded area in a couple of scenes. We see large moths on a man's bedroom ceiling in several scenes.
 A man vomits on a street (we see goo leaving his mouth). A man grimaces and nearly collapses in a few scenes. A boy puts a lot of food in his mouth, spits some into his hand when he is reprimanded and then puts it back in his mouth and eats it. A man spits into a glass (we see saliva).


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 35 F-words and its derivatives, 2 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (disgrace, idiot, moron, crazy, lunatic, murderer), 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men snort cocaine in a nightclub scene, a woman puts drops of an unidentified liquid in a beverage and has a man drink it and a woman injects a man in the arm with a medication (presumably a pain reliever). A man drinks a beer in a few scenes, a woman drinks a glass of wine, a woman offers a man a glass of wine and many people are shown drinking alcohol in a nightclub scene. A man smokes a cigarette, a man offers another man a cigarette and they smoke together, a woman smokes cigarettes in numerous scenes and we hear that two children were smoking and we see a burned mattress.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, cancer, guilt, parenthood, death of a parent, love, manic depression, infidelity, child abuse, illegal immigrants, disappointment, grief, Franco, deportation, desperation, love, light box treatment, disgusting, gross, exploitation, bribery.

MESSAGE - Life is complicated.

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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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