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Dolores Claiborne | 1995 | R | - 5.5.5

Kathy Bates stars as a Maine mother and wife who may have killed her husband several years ago, and may have killed her employer just last week.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Some vague talk about incest and a scene where a father coaxes his 13-year-old daughter into touching his clothed crotch. She begins caressing him while he leans into her and sighs and moans. A man is shown in his underpants.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A struggle at the top of some stairs results in an elderly lady tumbling down; she is shown with a bloody mouth. A woman wrecks a kitchen looking for a weapon. Local kids taunt a woman and vandalize her house. A man hits a woman in the back with a two by four. A woman hits a man in the head and his head bleeds. The man and woman threaten each other with death as one holds an ax. He chases her, drags her down and tries to choke her. A young girl cuts her neck leaving bloody marks. A man falls into a well.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 9 F-words, 15 scatological terms, a lot of milder obscenities; some obscene graffiti.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Spousal abuse, incest, revenge, mother/daughter relationships.

MESSAGE - Some parents will do anything to protect their children.

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