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Flawless | 1999 | R | - 5.5.10

Robert De Niro plays a homophobic retired security guard who takes singing lessons from a drag queen (Philip Seymour Hoffman) after suffering a serious stroke. Also with Barry Miller, Wanda De Jesus, Skipp Sudduth, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Nashom Benjamin, Christopher Bauer and Scott Cooper. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Lots of graphic sexual innuendo and talk, including references to fellatio and prostitution. Two obviously post-coitus scenes: in one, we see a woman in bed and in the other we see a man and woman in bed (no nudity is visible). We see dancers in cleavage-revealing tops, a scantily clad woman in a phone-sex commercial and a cake in the shape of a woman's breasts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Gunfire is exchanged in one scene; two people are killed but we don't see them being shot. A man is shot in the shoulder (we later see the wound covered with a slightly bloody bandage) and a man is stabbed in the leg and then shot (he dies). A man pierces another's foot with a high heel and later stabs him in the head with it (it's implied that the man is killed). A man collapses during a shoot-out; we think he's been shot but later learn he's had a stroke. Men kill a pet bird, some men repeatedly punch and kick a man, a man is restrained by several others and repeatedly punched in the stomach and a man is punched in the nose (it gets slightly bloody). A man slams another's head into the floor, a woman kicks a man, a man drops a flower pot on another's head, two men fall down a staircase while scuffling and a man knocks another down some steps with a wheelchair. Several men chase a woman and hold her against a wall and two groups of men scuffle. Many instances of threatening with guns and a few people are nearly shot; also, a man holds a gun to his own head.


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LANGUAGE 10 - More than 150 F-words, lots of anatomical references, lots of scatological references, several mild obscenities, lots of insults and name-calling.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stroke victims, drag queens, homophobia, homosexuality, intolerance and tolerance, drug dealers, drug use, prostitution, infidelity, murder, abuse, suicidal thoughts.

MESSAGE - Everyone deserves a second chance; we often fear and even hate what we don't know or don't understand.

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