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Elizabethtown | 2005 | PG-13 | - 4.3.5

Orlando Bloom stars as a man who is contemplating suicide after being fired by his company for losing millions of dollars and also then being promptly dumped by his girlfriend (Jessica Biel). While trying to figure out how to go about it, he learns that his father has died and that he has to travel to his family's small Kentucky hometown. That's when he meets a talkative flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst) with whom he falls in love. Also with Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer. Directed by Cameron Crowe. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss a few times, lie back on a floor, and we then see them in bed together: the woman is dressing (we see her putting on her shoes) and the man is sleeping bare-chested in the bed.
 A woman sits in a bubble bath (part of her cleavage is revealed over the bubbles). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in several scenes, and a woman wears a low-cut, tight-fitting dress that reveals cleavage and accentuates her figure. A man's robe falls open revealing part of his bare chest and boxer shorts.
 A woman tells a man that, "If you ever need anything around here, I'm your girl." A woman talks about a man hugging her while trying to comfort her, and that he held her tight and that she felt something -- she makes references to his becoming aroused and she relates the story in front of a large group of people.
 A man and a woman hug and kiss, and a woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man and a woman lie in their beds while on the telephone with each other.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A papier-mâché bird is pulled along the ceiling of a room where many people are gathered, the bird and a banner catch on fire, the people in the room scream and panic, and the bird falls on one of the tables while sprinklers spray water and douse the flames.
 A man contemplates suicide (he imagines jumping out of a helicopter window mid-flight, and he rigs the handle bars of an exercise bike with a knife to stab himself). A woman shoots a man in a movie, and a man shoots another man in a movie (we hear the shots). A videotape shows a man blowing up a house (it has been attacked by termites) and several children are watching the tape.
 A man looks at his father lying dead in a coffin, he imagines that he grins and then touches his hands. The mechanism that lowers a coffin into the ground malfunctions and it drops the coffin hard into the hole. A man sprinkles his father's ashes in several places (in a river, at a roadside attraction, where Martin Luther King was murdered, etc.).
 A woman works on her car and is pinned against the engine when the hood closes on her (she is uninjured). A man becomes angry when he gets lost and pounds on the steering wheel of his car and yells. A boy screams in a few scenes.
 A boy vomits on a man (we hear splat and see goo on the man's shirt), a man urinates while on the telephone with a woman (we hear the trickle), and a woman scoops lumps out of her kitty litter box. Two dogs tear at a ham that is dumped onto the floor.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 2 F-words, 4 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Many people drink alcohol (it appears to be mostly beer) and are drunk at a celebration before a wedding. People drink alcohol (wine and beer) at a gathering after a funeral, two men drink alcohol, a man drinks alcohol on an airplane, and a man drinks a beer. A man smokes a cigar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Business failure, suicide, death of a parent, death of a spouse, happiness, childhood memories, parent/child friendships, small towns, extended families, responsibility, destiny, grudges, cremation, disaster, inadequacy, Martin Luther King, creativity, melancholy, life and death.

MESSAGE - Life is all about enjoying the moment and family.

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