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Control | 2007 | R | - 6.4.10

Biopic about the lead singer of the 1970s English rock band Joy Division, Ian Curtis (Sam Riley), who committed suicide at the age of 23 on the eve of what would have been the group's breakthrough tour in the U.S. Also with Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson and Toby Kebbell. Directed by Anton Corbijn. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A husband and wife have sex: we see him thrusting on top of her, they moan and he stops; his bare back is visible and she is shown wearing a bra.
 A wife wearing a short negligee (cleavage and part of her bare thighs are visible) asks her husband to come to bed. A husband and wife lie in bed together (he is without a shirt and we see his bare back). A woman slips a hospital gown off her shoulder to nurse her newborn infant (her bare breast is covered by the baby). A young man lies in bed wearing jockey shorts (we see his bare chest and abdomen to just below the belly button). A young man lies in bed bare-chested in several scenes. A man wears a tank T-shirt and jockey shorts and scratches his genitals. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage, and some also reveal bare back and shoulders.
 A young man and a young woman kiss and another young man watches them; the young woman is uncomfortable and the couple leaves. A husband and wife kiss and he asks her to have a baby with him. A young man and a young woman kiss in a few scenes. A young man and a young woman kiss after he proposes to her. A young man and a young woman kiss.
 A young woman caresses the head and face of a young man who rests in her lap. A young man and a young woman hold hands behind the back of another young man, whom the young woman had been dating.
 A husband asks his wife if she'd like to sleep with other men and tells her he doesn't think he loves her anymore. A wife confronts her husband about his having an affair and yells at him. A woman asks men what they think about love and one says that it's "Pure sex."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A wife screams and pleads for someone to help her when she finds her dead husband (we do not see the body, but understand that he has hanged himself).
 A young man collapses after taking too many pills and we see him in a hospital having a tube inserted down his throat and charcoal is poured into the tube.
 An angry crowd throws bottles at people on a stage, several people charge onto the stage and bouncers kick and punch them.
 A young man has a fit, he strikes his head against a wall, falls to the floor and thrashes and gags; he then wakes up in the morning. A young woman falls out of a chair, thrashes on the floor (apparently from epilepsy) and gags (she wears a helmet). A young man has an epileptic fit while onstage, and he is carried off and rests on a sofa. A young man thrashes on the floor, gags and twitches, and then breathes heavily during a convulsion.
 A man has bloody fingertips from signing a contract in his own blood and he collapses. A woman whimpers and yells during labor and the delivery of a baby (we see the baby with a bit of slime).
 Young men are confrontational with another young man (there's yelling and shoving). A young man blows smoke in a man's face and acts in a threatening manner.
 We understand that a young woman died from apparently epilepsy.
 A wife confronts her husband about his having an affair and yells at him. A husband yells at his wife, tells her to leave and she does. A husband tells his wife that he doesn't think he loves her anymore. A doctor reads a list of side effects caused by prescription medications. A woman talks about people smelling of urine.
 Someone flatulates several times and another person remarks about the smell in the room.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 90 F-words (several are muffled), 5 obscene hand gestures, 5 sexual references, 8 scatological terms, 20 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (daft, baby face), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A young man takes too many prescription pills and collapses, two young men steal prescription drugs from an elderly woman and take them (we hear that one is for schizophrenia), and a young man takes prescription drugs for epilepsy in a couple of scenes. A young man and a young woman drink beer, and people are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in many pub and club scenes. Many people smoke cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Epilepsy, suicide, success, fame, marriage at a young age, love, infidelity, guilt, trust, lying, betrayal, pressure, hate, jealousy, mistakes.

MESSAGE - Success does not always bring happiness.

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