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Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius | 2004 | PG | - 3.2.4

Biopic of Bobby Jones (played by James Caviezel), the first amateur golfer to win the four major golf championships (the British Amateur, the British Open, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur). Jones then retired to build Augusta National Golf Club and started the prestigious golf tournament, The Masters. Also with Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Northam, Claire Forlani and Aidan Quinn. Directed by Rowdy Herrington. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman (married) kiss, and he caresses her cheek. A woman kisses and hugs her husband several times. Also a man and a woman kiss several times. A woman kisses a man (she's not his wife). A man kisses a woman on the cheek. Several men are seen bare-chested in a locker room (one man has a towel wrapped around his waist). A man and a woman lie in bed together (they're clothed). A man has lipstick on his cheek.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man punches a man in the face and he falls to the floor. A man collapses on the floor, pulls up his pant leg and we see badly inflamed varicose veins. A man has a nightmare about being unsuccessful, he wakes up with a start and we hear him vomiting in the bathroom. People get angry and frustrated while playing golf and several of them curse and fling their golf clubs. A woman steps into a street and is nearly hit by a car. A man on a bicycle chases a woman on a streetcar, he dodges pedestrians then crashes into a produce truck (he is not injured). A man falls backward out of a chair. A young boy appears sickly and we hear that he almost died as a baby and is allergic to everything. We read that a man suffers from a very painful spinal condition and that he died when he was 69. A golfer throws his club in anger and it hits a woman on the leg; she winces.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 10 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 28 mild obscenities, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Golf, competition, love of the game vs. playing for money, trying to please everyone, honor, sportsmanship, disappointment, pride, good judgment, fame, selfishness, astrology, amateur vs. professional sports, predestination, vanity, anger, blasphemy, conceit, divorce, father/son relationships, philandering.

MESSAGE - It's not whether you win or lose, it's how and why you play the game.

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