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The Girl | 2013 | PG-13 | - 3.3.5

A young Texas mother (Abbie Cornish) who lost her own son to foster care, is thrust into being a mother figure after her attempt to smuggling Mexicans across the border goes awry. Also with Will Patton and Annalee Jefferies. Directed by David Riker. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man tells two other men that he finds a woman attractive, he then makes a joke that implies he is going to have sex with her and we see him enter the bathroom where the woman is standing; the man approaches the woman and we see him try to force her against the wall until a girl enters the bathroom and the man backs away from the woman.
 We see men and women taking off their clothes to cross a river (we see a young man's bare back and chest and a man's chest). We see two women's bare backs (they are wearing brief-style underwear and bra) and a woman takes off a girl's dress (she is wearing an undershirt).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - It is implied that many people drown when they attempt to cross a river and a man shouts at a woman who had instructed them to cross the river, telling her that she was responsible for people going missing after a helicopter tried to pin them; we see that a girl, whose mother is later found dead, had been brought across the water safely.
 A woman shouts at her father, saying that they could be arrested and go to jail for smuggling people across the border; the woman adds that she would permanently lose custody of her child if she was caught smuggling people across the border. A girl shouts at a woman, accusing her of being responsible for her mother's death and the woman shouts back at the girl. A man shouts at his adult daughter. A woman shouts at another woman. A girl shouts at a woman in a diner and the woman shushes her.
 A woman becomes very emotional as she pages through an album with photos of people who drowned in a river. We see a photograph of a dead woman with her hair wet and she appears to be lying on a metal gurney. A woman comforts a crying girl, hugging her tightly, as the girl cries for her dead mother. An older woman tells a woman that she does not blame her for the death of her daughter, saying that the river killed her daughter, not the woman.
 A border patrol officer warns a woman to be careful, saying that he found a pre-teen boy dead, and that he appeared to have been beaten to death with a pole. A woman tells another woman that fire fighters dredge a river for bodies of people who drown trying to cross it, saying that two to three bodies are found per week. A man warns a woman that it is "not safe here" in a city plaza, after the woman turns down the man's offer of money to smuggle people across the border. A woman asks her father if he is in trouble and the man says no. We hear a man telling another man that he had been separated from his traveling companion when the police arrived and broke them up. A woman tells another woman that a girl will be sent to a "home for girls" until her family comes to claim her. A woman tells a girl that she had lied about the age of her son because her son had been taken into foster care and she was ashamed.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 2 F-words and its derivatives, 1 not fully enunciated F-word, 6 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory racial term, name-calling (dumba**, crazy, wicked witch, coyote, out of your mind, idiot, fool), 6 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks shots of liquor and beer to the point of drunkenness while at a bar and a young girl watches, a young girl admonishes a woman for drinking, a man and his adult daughter drink liquor and we see the man presumably drink to the point of passing out on a sofa, and a woman (a social worker) chides another woman for driving drunk with her child in the car and points out a bottle of liquor that she finds next to the woman's bed. Throughout the movie we see a woman smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Human trafficking, smuggling illegal immigrants, drunk driving, abandonment, death of a parent, foster care, blame, forgiveness, responsibility.

MESSAGE - Responsibility can be very challenging.

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