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The Fountain | 2006 | R | - 4.6.5

Hugh Jackman stars as a man who's been alive for a thousand years: As a 16th-century conquistador he finds a plant that grants eternal life to those who drink of its sap, as a modern day scientist he tries to find a cure for the cancer that's killing his wife (Rachel Weisz), and as 26th century astronaut he tries to find the heavenly depository of souls. Also with Ellen Burstyn, Sean Patrick Thomas and Donna Murphy. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A husband and wife kiss passionately, she is in a bathtub and pulls him in with her, he takes off his shirt (we see his bare chest and back and they continue to kiss) and the scene ends here but it is implied that they have sex.
 A woman bathes in a tub, and her husband washes her (her bare shoulders and knees are visible). A man travels through a nebula and it resembles a part of the female anatomy.
 A husband and wife sleep together in a hospital bed.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man fights with natives that surround him, and they lift him in the air and carry him over steep stairs to a temple, where a man stabs him in the stomach (we see a bloody wound on his stomach) and then swings a sword in the air and lops off his head (we do not see his head being cut off, but we do hear him scream).
 Several soldiers walk toward a wall, many natives with spears approach them and throw spears striking two of the men (one through the back and the other in the leg and then chest; we hear a crunch when they are struck and both men fall to the ground dead).
 A man drinks a tree's sap, a wound on his abdomen bubbles and closes, flowers sprout out of it, and then his mouth and eyes until he is completely consumed by the plant.
 Several people are hung by their feet, are lifted into the air and then dropped to the ground in order to be killed (we see bloody wounds on their bodies and hear a crunch when they are dropped).
 A man slashes another man's throat (we hear a squish and the swish of the blade). A man whips himself on the back (we see the deep bloody gashes covering his back). A man pokes himself with a pen and the ink seeps into his skin (we see drops of blood as he pokes the pen point into his skin).
 A woman goes into cardiac arrest, medical staff tries to revive her but cannot, and a man pounds on her chest and tries to revive her. A woman collapses on the floor, we see her in a hospital and we are told that she had a seizure.
 A man performs surgery on a monkey (we hear him slicing). A sedated monkey is shown with a part of its skull removed and its brain exposed during surgery. We see a monkey on an operating table and medical staff talks about having to euthanize it if a transplant is not viable.
 A star explodes throwing a man who's floating in a bubble through the atmosphere. A man with a crossbow takes aim at another man.
 A woman is sick from a brain tumor, she appears weak and frail in several scenes and we are told that she has lost her ability to feel hot and cold. A woman has bald spots on her head (presumably from surgeries or chemical treatments).
 We see people grieving at a funeral.
 A man eats several small pieces of tree bark.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A compound is injected into a monkey's brain.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The story of Genesis, immortality, disease, death, marriage, brain tumors, shame, hope, treasures, "creation myth," facing death with grace, fear of death, destiny, death of a loved one, Mayan folklore, the Inquisition, underworld, souls.

MESSAGE - Death is really a rebirth.

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