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Brooklyn | 2015 | PG-13 | - 6.2.5

A young Irish woman (Saoirse Ronan) makes her way across the ocean to 1950's Brooklyn, where she forges a new life. When tragedy strikes at home she must return and choose which of her two lives she will resume. Also with Matt Glynn, Brid Brennan, Maeve McGrath, Emma Lowe, Jane Brennan, Eileen O'Higgins, Peter Campion, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Domhnall Gleeson. Directed by John Crowley. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A husband and his wife kiss in her room, they undress each other (we see her wearing a slip with garter belt and bra) and the young man climbs on top of her and we hear his buckle jingle, then they grunt as he thrusts and they climax (we see her bare legs wrapped around his waist).
 Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A young woman lies in bed wearing a night dress. A young woman tries on bathing suits and we see her bare shoulders, upper chest and legs to the upper thigh and an attendant squeezes her legs. Young men wear swim trunks at the beach and we see their bare shoulders, chests, abdomens and backs. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and a bit of her bra. A woman wears a low-cut wedding dress that reveals cleavage. A young man holds two towels to cover a young woman as she changes her clothing into a swimsuit on the beach with many people around them. A man and a woman wearing swimming suits swim and hug and laugh.
 A husband and his wife kiss in a doorway. A young man and a young woman swim and hug and kiss in the ocean. A young man and a young woman hug.
 Young men and young women dance at a dance. A young man stops dancing with one young woman and invites another young woman to dance leaving the first young woman alone on the dance floor. A young man walks a young woman home after a dance. A young man and a young woman date and we see them holding hands and hugging in several scenes. A young man kisses a young woman on the cheek and professes his love. A young boy makes a kissing sound when teasing his older brother about his girlfriend.
 Two young women talk about young men. A young woman tells another young woman, "You're the prettiest girl." A woman says, "My husband met somebody else and left me." A young man tells his young brother, "I don't need to know about kissing."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman finds her adult daughter dead on her bedroom floor and she holds her and cries (we see the dead woman's face tinged-blue with eyes open); we hear about the woman's funeral.
 A shop owner is mean and speaks to her customers in a demeaning manner. A woman snaps at a young woman and tells her, "Spit it out" when she is trying to tell the woman something. A young woman yells at a woman and accuses her of small town antics to disgrace her. A woman pounds on a table and yells at two young women. A man tells his young brother, "You'll get a beating."
 A young boy tells an Irish young woman, "We don't like Irish people," whereupon his older brothers and his parents yell at him, and one says, "Keep his mouth shut"; his father then pinches his ear and walks him out of the room. A young boy says, "I'm a rude idiot."
 A young woman cries while reading a letter from her mother and sister in Ireland. A young woman speaks to her dead sister in a cemetery.
 A ship rocks during a storm and a young woman becomes ill; she pounds on a bathroom door to let her in to vomit, but she must scramble to find a bucket where she defecates and vomits (she pulls up her night dress revealing part of her bare leg and sits on the bucket, then bends over the bucket to vomit and we hear retching but do not see goo). A young woman spits something out from her stew (we don't see it). A man describes being ankle deep in sewage.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 2 F-words and its derivatives, 2 scatological terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (terrible old witch, bastards, red spy, she's awful, liars, miserable, evil), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. What In Heaven's Name, Our Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Dear God, Holy [scatological term deleted]).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Many men drink Guinness and smoke cigarettes after a meal, several men sleep on tables after a meal (presumably drunk) and they are awakened by people, a woman pours herself and a young woman a drink and they drink, a young man pours two glasses of wine and we do not see anyone drink from them, and young men drink Guinness and smoke cigarettes. A young woman sells a single cigarette to a man in a shop, young men at a dance smoke cigarettes, a woman asks a young woman to join her for a smoke and she declines, young men and young women smoke at a dance, men and women smoke in a diner, people smoke cigarettes in a waiting area in an office building, a man smokes a pipe outside in a yard, two men smoke outside a building, and people smoke cigarettes in a diner.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, snobbery, small village behavior, gossiping, guilt, death of a loved one, homesickness, life choices, love, going to America, homelessness, pressure from family and friends to do things that you may not want to do.

MESSAGE - Home is where you make it.

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