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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III | 2013 | R | - 7.5.8

A famous graphic designer (Charlie Sheen) begins to lose his grip on reality after his girlfriend dumps him. Also with Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Katheryn Winnick, Aubrey Plaza, Patricia Arquette and Dermot Mulroney. Directed by Roman Coppola. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - As we hear a "doctor's" voiceover, we see animated women, including shirtless (bare breasts are visible) women and women's buttocks and female sexual moaning, pop out of a man's head while the voiceover explains that the man is obsessed with sex and his brain is used only for sex. A man draws a sketch of a woman's breasts (barely clothed with curves and nipples still visible) as two boys watch and the boys laugh as the man asks if the woman's breasts should be larger. We see a woman jogging and the camera focuses on the woman's breasts bouncing. We see a portion of a man's bare chest and back as he wears a hospital gown. We see a shirtless man in bed and his bare chest is visible. We see a man in the shower and his bare upper chest and back are visible. We see young women in a series of "sexy" costumes, including a stereotypical Native American costume exposing the bare midriff. We see a man going through a stack of Polaroid pictures of women in various states of undress, including bare breasts and genitals, bare buttocks and buttocks covered by gauzy underpants. A man wearing cardboard X-ray glasses looks at a woman suggestively, and he imagines being able to see through her tight skirt (we see the woman's bare buttocks).
 Two women wearing suggestive clothing (short skirts) do "surveillance" on two men who are hitting on women, asking for phone numbers and rubbing their arms.
 A man spying on another man and a woman overhears a sexually charged conversation between them and we see them kiss (we then learn they are rehearsing for a play). A man and a woman kiss. A woman sits on a man's lap as she sings a song with him and they kiss briefly. We see a woman kiss the window of a car as she looks at a man. A man kisses a woman goodbye.
 We see a man and a woman in a bathtub (no nudity is visible) with bubbles covering their bodies. Two men approach several young women dressed in suggestive clothing (bikinis and loin cloths) and one of the young women licks her lips as she looks at the two men. A puppet in the likeness of a man flirts with a woman, pulling up her skirt a few inches and nuzzling her neck.
 A man crudely tells a young woman that another woman had told the man that she wanted a new mattress because the man had sex with previous women on it. A woman shouts at a man, saying that she does not want to be in a drawer of pictures (implying the pictures are of nude women). A woman asks a man where a diaphragm came from and the man does not answer (we do not hear an explanation of the use of the diaphragm). A man tells another man that he had suspected his ex-girlfriend of cheating on him with another man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man is shot in the chest with an arrow by a young woman; two other men try to help the man by pulling the arrow from his chest (no blood is visible) and we hear the man screaming as the scene changes to real life, where the man has electrode tabs ripped from his chest.
 We see a man's imagination come to life: a woman is grabbed by a solider and dragged down the aisle of a bus, a second man throws a sleeping dart at the man's neck, the man falls to the ground and the second man pushes him down the bus' stairs, and then using a can of hair spray and a lighter torches the man as he lies on the ground (we do not see the man on the ground, only the burst of flames from the lighter).
 Several young women dressed as very stereotypical and "sexy" Native Americans chase two men: we hear the young women making war calls while on horseback chasing the men, who appear to duck behind rocks as arrows sail past them until one of the men yelps in pain; another man asks if he was hit by an arrow and he responds that he was not, but believes he pulled a muscle.
 Two men narrowly avoid behind hit by a bomb dropped by two women doing surveillance (we see the explosion behind them as they safely get into a car); we then hear a man giving a play-by-play of women trying to track down two men, and we then see the women frustrated by missing the two men.
 A man is driving a car when it stalls and rolls backwards off a cliff; the man and the car end up in a swimming pool, and we see him sitting in the car in the swimming pool and we later see him on a gurney being wheeled into a hospital, but he is unharmed. A man drives a car over the curb of a parking lot.
 A man grabs a tree branch, the tree branch snaps and he falls to the ground (he is unharmed). A man falls off a horse; he is unharmed. A sleeping man is awakened with a start when another man pulls back the covers on the bed.
 A man throws a small standing ashtray through the glass door of a building and a police officer corners the man's car as he tries to drive away; the man runs away, races down a stairway and runs into traffic, narrowly avoiding being struck by multiple cars. We hear a woman screaming, she throws shoes on the floor and she storms away, running past a man. A man throws a pair of shoes out a car window as he drives. A man grunts and throws a trash bag filled with shoes over the side of a cliff. A man experiences a flashback of a woman shouting at him and throwing pictures at him and he is obviously upset.
 A man imagines himself being inside an open grave as people surround the grave and throw flowers on his body; we then see the man levitate from the grave. We see a man in a hospital bed that is awakened when two boys press buttons on his monitor and the man says that the boys can pull the plug. We see a man with an IV wheeling around a hospital; another man jokes that he had expected the ill man to be drooling and have white sallow skin; we later learn the man had only been experiencing heartburn and was unharmed.
 A man runs into a room to find a crying woman and she explains in non-translated Spanish that his pet bird had died; we then see the man holding the dead bird and later burying it.
 A man shouts at an unseen woman over the phone, and he then slams the phone down. We see a woman screaming as she and a man ride through a car wash (her words are not heard). A man shouts at another man in a couple of scenes. A woman playfully hits her adult brother. A woman says "Ouch" as she steps out of a sailboat. A man asks a woman (his sister) if her husband had hit her, because she was wearing large sunglasses; the woman tells the man that her husband is not capable of harming her and the man threatens to beat up her husband if he had harmed her. A man tells another man that he would like to punch a woman; the man then explains that he is not serious and knows that it "isn't classy." A man jokingly tells a woman that he is not going to "eat" a woman if she came to his house. A man playfully jokes that two children are "barnacles" on his legs and he is being attacked.
 A man tells two other men a crude saying about urination. A man asks a woman using crude terms if the coffee he was drinking was the feces coffee he had ordered and the woman confirms.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 31 F-words and its derivatives, 1 pantomimed F-word, 6 sexual references, 20 scatological terms (1 mild), 12 anatomical terms (2 mild), 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (fat, turkeys, dogs, big fake liar, naughty boy, pathetic, nuts, incredibly irresponsible, crazy, wrinkly old lady with gray hair, idiot), exclamations (shut up), 5 religious profanities, 12 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man appears to tap-dance on a pile of cocaine, a woman tells a man that she started smoking marijuana and that lead to her being unable to race competitively, and a man asks a taxi driver if the driver has any drugs the men can purchase and the driver says he does not. Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes, a man drinks a bottle of beer as he drives, a man is obviously intoxicated and a taxi driver remarks that the man is intoxicated (we also see a subtitled conversation between two men explaining that the man is drunk), and an intoxicated man offers a taxi driver a drink and the driver turns it down. We see a puppet in a man's likeness smoking a cigarette and drinking a cocktail, and a man appears to smoke cigarettes almost constantly through the movie.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mid-life crises, difficult break-ups, depression, mental breakdowns, spying on people, the excess of the 1980s.

MESSAGE - Overcoming a mental breakdown is very difficult.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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