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Father Figures | 2017 | R | - 5.5.10

A woman (Glen Close) tells her adult sons (Ed Helms and Owen Wilson) that she does not know who their father is, so they plan a road trip to interview men that she has known in her past. Disappointed at every turn, they arrive back home and make some surprising discoveries. Also with Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams and Christopher Walken. Directed by Lawrence Sher. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman meet in a bar and go to her hotel room, where the man lies on the bed clothed and the woman straddles him, she removes her blouse (we see her bra, cleavage and partially bare back), they roll over so that the man is on top and he removes his shirt (we see his bare chest); they kiss several times and the scene ends (sex is implied).
 A man briefly lies on top of a woman on a beach and kisses her (he is fully clothed and she wears a bra-type top that shows some cleavage with an open shirt and mid-thigh shorts). A man and a woman kiss for several seconds in close-up. A man and a woman kiss for several seconds in close-up at their wedding. A man taps a clothed woman on the rear end.
 A woman wears a mid-thigh mini-skirt and a white blouse with a dark colored bra underneath that is visible; a man spills a drink on her chest and tries to rub it off with a towel and she tells him to leave her alone. A proctologist sits behind a man bent over toward the camera and we see only the clothed heads and shoulders of both.
 A man tells another man that he had a one-night stand. A woman thinks that a man she had sex with may be her half-brother and groans, doubled up at the waist. A man tells two younger men that their mother had a talent for oral sex. A man tells two younger men that that their mother was a "dick whisperer." A woman tells a divorced man that if he ever questions his sexuality, she'd like to introduce him to her son; the man declines. A man announces that his live-in girlfriend just learned she is pregnant (she does not look pregnant) and he later says he has a bun in the oven. A woman tells her two adult sons that she does not know who their father is because in the 1970s everyone was high and having sex with everyone else; the sons become upset. A driver says that a hitchhiker may want to rob and rape him. A woman says that she had a threesome with her boss.
 A woman on a tablet screen wears a bra and underwear and we see her bare shoulders, arms, cleavage, part of her upper stomach and part of one bare thigh. A photo of a woman shows her wearing a mini-dress that reveals her bare shoulders, cleavage and bare legs to mid-thighs; next to her is a shirtless man revealing his bare chest, arms and shoulders. A woman wears a knit mini-dress that ends at mid-thighs and hugs her curves. She tells him to leave her alone. An older woman wears a knee length sundress that has cutouts in the upper and lower back. An older man wears a black sleeveless short that reveals black tattoos on both upper arms down to the elbows. In a pet clinic we see a sleeping cat face up on a table with two large testicles exposed but covered in fur.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Two brothers in a car pick up a hitchhiker after he says he is not a killer; they tie him up in bungee cords and place him in the back seat, he shouts and we see that the car is sitting on a railroad track with a train bearing down on them and the driver rescues the man but the train hits the car and drags it away from the camera; after several seconds, the other man runs back safely, but punches the driver unconscious. Two men in a car fight over the radio station and the driver stops the car, and they argue until they punch each other in the face (they each have bloody noses and two black eyes in the next scene). Two men at a funeral confront two other men, accusing one of the second set of having had sex with their sister; all four men punch and throw one another to the ground and an older man breaks up the fight (no blood is seen). A man runs along a beach and a large man puts out his arm to clotheslines him at the shoulders, dropping him to the ground (he's uninjured). A man runs down a beach and a woman knocks him down. A woman hits two men in the chest with a large flower bouquet and argues with them.
 A man points a pistol at a man on his porch, and then lowers the gun and hands it to the other man while cursing at him; inside the house, the first man points another handgun at the other man and lowers it, then walks off-screen where we hear glass breaking several times, along with cursing and shouting. A man in a pet clinic picks up a tranquilizer gun, walks onto the porch and fires it at another man, who falls unconscious onto his face in a street (we see the man groggy, but awakening later).
 A man says repossession work is dangerous and takes two other men on a car repossession gig where he runs when the car owner confronts him and a woman comes out of the house with a shotgun that she fires into the air; the two men get into the car and drive away, but run into the first man, who rolls off the car and down the driveway onto his face and we see the injured man in a hospital bed with an IV, an oxygen tube at his nose and on monitors (we see that his face is scraped, with a small bandage on his forehead).
 A woman tells two men that their biological mother was a teen girl who had a long, complicated delivery and died at their birth. A man admits to two men that he was trying to steal a car and one man shouts at him. Twice, we hear that a man had colon cancer. A woman says that a particular football player was violent on and off the field.
 We see an older man wearing a police officer's uniform lying in a casket.
 A man stands at a urinal in a restroom and a little boy stands at the next urinal (we hear streams of urine), and then urinates on the man, who shouts; a male voice from a stall where we see bare ankles above trousers on the floor tells the man at the urinal to urinate on the boy and we see streams from both individuals hitting each other (we see no flesh). A doctor says that all fruits are covered with bacteria. In a dirty basement a large rat runs out of a box and scares two men.

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LANGUAGE 10 - About 59 F-words and its derivatives, 23 sexual references, 13 scatological terms, 20 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, moron, idiot, elf, teabag, douchebag, racist, clown flakes, miserable, welfare thief, crook, sucker, peanut head, lead-foot, jackasses, sick, Mr. I Want to Find Our Dad, Mr. Powder Keg, Nervous Nellie), exclamations (for crying out loud, shut the door [shut up], I swear, oh man), 4 religious profanities (GD), 19 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, My God, God, Jesus Christ, Thank God, Jesus).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man asks another man facetiously if he is on acid and we hear that a retired police officer made the biggest cocaine arrest in his county. A man and a woman each drink a short glass of Scotch at a bar, a few men and women drink from glasses of beer at a table in a bar, a wedding reception features glasses of wine and champagne along with whisky in the hands of men and women, a man drinks from a short glass of whisky, men and women at a wake hold glasses and bottles of beer and blue cups of unknown beverages, and four men drink from bottles of beer and hold margaritas under a tent.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Single mothers, adoption, absent fathers, parenting, family secrets, lies, honesty, multiple sex partners, unprotected sex, relationships, love, respect, commitment, marriage.
MESSAGE - Adopted children should be told the truth about their adoption and biological parents.
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