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The Cure | 1995 | PG-13 | - 0.3.5

Portrayal of the friendship between two lonely boys, one of whom has AIDS. With Joseph Mazzello, Brad Renfro and Annabella Sciorra.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A scene in which two boys look at a magazine centerfold, but nothing is shown.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two scenes in which a drunken parent repeatedly slaps her child. Two scenes in which characters are chased, but they are not attacked. The only blood in the film is in a scene in which the character with AIDS cuts his thumb on purpose (to scare away the bad guys).

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LANGUAGE 5 - A few F-words, as well as several scatological terms and anatomical references.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - AIDS, prejudice, alcoholism, physical abuse.
MESSAGE - Friendship does make a difference. Don't be prejudiced.
(Note: The young characters in this film decide to test out "cures" for AIDS by boiling and ingesting a variety of plants found in their backyard. They also microwave candy. Children may be influenced to try such potentially dangerous recipes.)
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