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East is East | 1999 | R | - 7.4.7

An abusive Pakistani man (Om Puri) marries an English woman and struggles to let go of his homeland's traditions and accept his Anglicized children. Also with Linda Bassett, Jordan Routledge, Archie Panjabi, Emil Marwa, Chris Bisson, Jimi Mistry, Raji James and Ian Aspinall. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Some instances of sexual innuendo, including a reference to incest. A young man and woman kiss passionately and a man kisses another man on the cheek. We see a married couple having sex (they're under the covers, but we see thrusting). In two scenes a dog tries to hump a girl's leg. A man grabs a woman's clothed buttocks. Several scenes in which people inspect and make fun of a boy's genitalia (which we never see). We see a naked man's bare backside, then see his nude torso from his pubic hair up as he bathes in a tub; also, we see a poster of a naked woman (full frontal nudity), several sketches of erect male genitalia, and a sculpture/cast of a woman's pelvic area, including close-ups of pubic hair and genitalia. We see a couple of shirtless men.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A disturbing scene in which a man slaps, punches and altogether beats up his wife (we see her bruised face later). A man slaps another man repeatedly and a boy punches another in the face. An older boy gets circumcised and we hear him scream. A man threatens another with a knife. We see bloody cuts on a man's face after being beaten and cuts on a boy's face after he's been in a fight. A nude man urinates in a bath tub and then steps into the tub to bathe; we also see a few scenes in which young boys urinate.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 20 F-words, an obscene finger gesture, a couple of anatomical references, several scatological references, a few mild obscenities and several insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Domestic abuse, families, father-son relationships, circumcision, cultural wars, homosexuality, personal independence, conformity, incest, arranged marriage.

MESSAGE - Parents must accept change and allow their children to be who and what they want to be.

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