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Boundaries | 2018 | R | - 6.4.7

A woman (Vera Farmiga) that's estranged from her father (Christopher Plummer) reaches out to him for financial help and he has an unorthodox solution that might also bring them closer together. Also with Lewis MacDougall, Christopher Lloyd, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Kristen Schaal, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Fonda and Dolly Wells. Directed by Shana Feste. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man leans over a seated woman and they move close to each other as the scene ends and we see them later in bed together (sex is implied) where they kiss and snuggle; the man is shown shirtless with bare shoulders, chest and abdomen and the woman wears a T-shirt that she removes and we see her bare shoulders, cleavage, abdomen and bra. A man and a woman lie in bed together (previous sex is implied); the woman wakes up and leaves the man in bed (we see his bare chest and shoulders).
 A fully nude man asks a woman and her teen son if anybody wants to join him in a Jacuzzi (we see the man from the back to the bare buttocks and his shoulders, chest and abdomen from the front). We see life-like drawings of fully nude men with bare chest, abdomen, legs and genitals in three scenes. We see a life-like drawing of a fully nude woman bent over at the waist with her bare buttocks and genital area clearly drawn. A line drawing of a penis and scrotum is seen on a teen boy's locker accompanied by obscene terms. A teen boy wears long john bottoms and we see his bare shoulders, chest, abdomen and back. Two women wear yoga clothing that reveals cleavage, bare backs and abdomens and the outline of their figures.
 A man smacks his ex-wife on the clothed buttock. Two women thrust their hips toward each other while dancing and lip-syncing a song.
 A teen boy tells his estranged grandfather that he is too old to be molested and the man replies, "Pedophiles know to steer clear of your bad vibes." A teen boy talks about being in a group of girls with their periods at the back of the gym class. A woman refers to her teen son being gay in several scenes; the boy denies this in one scene. A man tells a woman that he wants a date with her and she later accepts. A teen boy says that he figured out how to masturbate on his own after his mother asked if he missed having a man around. A man asks another man since when he would need to pay a woman to touch him. A woman talks about having to return another woman's "stripper gear."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two men wearing masks and holding guns break into a house where they hold guns on the two men inside; they argue and demand money and are scared away when a woman shoots an arrow toward them.
 A man punches another man in the nose and he falls back (no blood is shown). A woman is shown holding an ice pack to her cheek and we hear that a teen boy slapped her (she is a school administrator); he is then expelled. A man is kicked out of his retirement community for breaking rules. A car breaks down on a highway and a woman pushes it to a gas station.
 A dog is nearly struck by a car on a road as it runs toward a woman. We hear that a dog is blind. We hear that a dog was left in a dumpster.
 A woman yells and throws many bags of marijuana out of the trunk of a car and onto the road until a police officer arrives and arrests her for unpaid parking tickets. A woman panics and runs through her house when she hears someone at the door identifying themselves as the FBI (everything turns out fine).
 A man and a woman argue in several scenes. A woman yells at another woman over the phone. A woman cries about imagining that her teen son died in a car accident. A man tells his estranged daughter that he has stage 4 prostate cancer and a blood clot in his leg. A woman in a therapy session discusses her estranged father and the boundaries that she has set including not answering or returning his phone calls. A woman takes in many stray animals (cats and dogs) and we see a small kitten in her bag during a therapy session; her therapist admonishes her for picking up another stray. People talk about a teen boy drawing dead animals. A woman talks about being followed by the FBI for weeks. A teen boy tells his mother that boys in the locker room call him names.
 A teen boy vomits out a car window (we see goo). A man says that he made a candy corn casserole and a woman spits a bite out. A man says that his cat ate a marijuana plant and passed a seed that the man then planted. A woman has an anxiety attack and hyperventilates.
 A woman is shown after a facial treatment that has left her with large pieces of pealing skin.
 We see many animals (cats and dogs) in a house and they each seem to have either a disability (like a dog with a wheeled cart attached to his back legs to help him move around) or an ailment. A man talks about wearing adult diapers in several scenes and that he needs to change his diaper in several scenes.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 29 F-word and its derivatives, 4 sexual references, 40 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (disgusting, idiot, geriatric, dumb, looney tunes, bastard, sly dog, moody, spoiled, Pied Piper of mange, little [scatological term deleted], spinster, normal Grandpa, lousy, lying SOB, gross, crazy, drug mule, weirdos), exclamations (shut the [F-word deleted] up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 19 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, Oh God, Oh My God, Jesus). | profanity glossary |


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes marijuana cigarettes in several scenes with people he is selling to and by himself, a man shows his grandson his greenhouse filled with marijuana plants and tells the boy to put a plant in his pants, a man tells his grandson that he is a drug dealer, a woman throws many bags of marijuana out of the trunk of a car and onto a road (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a man sells marijuana at a number of locations including rest stops along the road and a Buddhist monastery, song lyrics include a reference to "weed," a man talks about someone taking a lot of LSD, a man says that his cat ate a marijuana plant and passed a seed that the man then planted, marijuana is shown on a table in a couple of scenes, and a teen boy gives a pill to a dog while a woman administers an IV to another dog. A man and a woman drink glasses of whiskey and a man drinks a glass of whiskey.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Abandonment, fear, missed opportunities, parenting, being alone, loneliness, art forgery, illegal activity, drug dealing, chronic fatigue syndrome, responsibility, broken promises, aging, change, cancer, disappointment.

MESSAGE - Family is all we have, and it often times takes work to make it work.

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