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Girl with a Pearl Earring | 2003 | PG-13 | - 6.3.1

A speculative account of the life of Griet, a 16 year old girl (Scarlett Johansson) who becomes the artistic inspiration for Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth) in 17th century Holland. Originally employed as a housemaid, Vermeer's wife suspects her husband and Griet of having an affair. She becomes enraged when the girl borrows her pearl earrings to sit for the famous portrait. Also with Cillian Murphy, Essie Davis and Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Anand Tucker & Peter Webber. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young man and a young woman kiss, he unties her bodice, she unfastens his pants, and they have sex while standing against a pole. A young man and a young woman kiss. A man nuzzles a woman's neck, he touches down her back and they kiss. People hug and kiss, and a man caresses a woman's chest. A man touches a young woman's hand, and a man touches a young woman's lip. A man stares at a young woman, and tells her to open her lips and lick them several times while he studies her (she's sitting for a painting). We see a painting of a bare-chested man with his mouth at a woman's breast. A man uses suggestive terms to describe how clothing touches a woman's body. A woman talks about a man having taken advantage of a young woman sexually and that she became pregnant. A baby nurses (we see part of the mother's bare breast) and a woman's dress reveals cleavage. Also, women wear dresses that open low revealing cleavage. Innuendo includes a man making a comment about a young woman "grinding and stirring" while blending paints with a man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman whips a young woman's hand with a cane (we hear the cracking of the cane), and a woman slaps a young woman in the face. A man grabs a young woman, she struggles against him, she runs, he chases her, pushes her against a wall, tears at her clothes and we see bruises on her neck later. A man grabs a young woman abruptly and she drops dishes on the floor. A man pierces a young woman's ear (he heats a needle, puts it through the lobe and we see a drop of blood). A woman yells at a young woman. A man and a woman argue and yell at each other in several scenes. A woman moans and yells during childbirth. A man has a badly burned and scarred hand. We see pigs' heads in a marketplace, gutted deer (with bloody cuts along the abdomens) and deer hanging by their feet. A large dog barks at people threateningly. A family is put out of their house when they become bankrupt (we see their possessions being piled up along a street as they watch and weep). A woman picks her nails and ear.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People smoke and drink alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Servitude, wealth, patronage of the arts, religion, bankruptcy, jealousy, overbearing parents.

MESSAGE - Art is a demanding endeavor not totally appreciated by everybody

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