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Chocolat | 2000 | PG-13 | - 4.3.3

Juliette Binoche plays a woman who drifts into a small French village and opens a chocolate shop, giving her suspicious neighbors candies that solve their problems. Also with Lena Olin, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare, Carrie-Anne Moss, Leslie Caron, John Wood, Hugh O'Conor and Victoire Thivisol. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo, and many discussions of passion and the ability to unleash it using an ancient Mayan mixture of cocoa and pepper. There are also discussions of chocolate in sensual terms. During one sex scene a man and woman are nude from the waist up, and as they roll about on a bed we briefly see the sides of her breasts. A man and woman kiss passionately and we see their silhouette through a backlit tarp (presumably having sex). A man looks at his wife longingly (she is on her hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom and her bottom is moving to and fro), we then see them briefly through a very small window (only their heads and shoulders are seen) presumably having sex; we hear some moaning. A woman shows cleavage in a low-cut and nearly off the shoulder dress several times, and a woman is seen dancing suggestively. A woman in a skirt stands high on a ladder and her legs are admired by a man passing by, and a man admires a woman as she walks away. There is a slow motion scene showing people enjoying food and chocolate quite sensually. A man confesses to having had impure thoughts. A dog nuzzles up against a woman's leg and lifts her skirt slightly exposing her pettipants; also a dog is shown mounting another dog. A woman tells of her youth and a time when she was skinny dipping with a man, and a woman refers to the decor of a shop, saying it resembles a brothel. A chocolate is referred to as the "nipples of Venus." There is talk of a fertility celebration and we see a nude chocolate statue of a woman.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man breaks down a door and hollers abusively at his wife. He then struggles to break down another door to get to her, tosses a woman to the floor twice, lunges for his wife, then pounces on the woman on the floor and tries to strangle her. A woman knocks a man out with a heavy skillet to the back of the head. A man pours gasoline and lights a fire on some boats where there are people sleeping (we hear screaming and see people with smoke stained faces). We see a boat explode and are lead to believe that a young girl and woman have died in the explosion. A woman is seen with a huge bruised lump and a gash on her forehead (which she got from her abusive husband; we don't see the act). A man marches angrily through the street carrying a knife and proceeds to attack a display of chocolates. We see a boy with a bloody nose (no violence precedes it and no explanation is given). Some children are shown fighting in a schoolyard; a young girl is seen punching and pulling at a boy. A woman drags a girl by the ear. A woman is shown dead in a chair with her eyes open. A woman is seen with large bruises on her thigh from insulin shots. A man pretends to eat a worm. A woman yells at a man and knocks over a picture, then yells at a statue and hits it with her sweater. And a woman reads a story to a boy with descriptions of dead bodies.

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LANGUAGE 3 - About half dozen mild profanities, a few anatomical terms, one scatological term, some name calling and insults and a handful of religious exclamations.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religion and being religious, Lent, kleptomania, illegitimate children, fate and ancient rituals, the sanctity of marriage vows, intolerance and xenophobia, immorality, imaginary friends, temptation.
MESSAGE - Finding the truth can lighten the spirit and feeling that you make a difference in people's lives is where true happiness lies.
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