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A Good Year | 2006 | PG-13 | - 5.2.5

Russell Crowe stars as a very successful London-based investment banker whose favorite uncle (Albert Finney) passes away and leaves him his failing vineyard in Provence, France. He makes a trip to assess the property and make arrangements to sell it, but the visit reminds him of the many days he spent there as a boy and when he gets suspended from his job under suspicion of fraud, he decides to settle there. Also with Marion Cotillard, Didier Bourdon and Abbie Cornish. Directed by Ridley Scott. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, they pull on each other's clothing, they fall into a bed and he's seen bare-chested (although the scene ends here, we see them wake up together in the morning, and it is implied that they have had sex).
 A man looks at a magazine that contains photos of nude women (one woman is in bikini panties and we see her bare breasts). A woman wears a sheer, low-cut top and a sheer skirt that reveal cleavage and the outline of her thighs and nipples. A woman lifts her skirt to show a man a bruise on her hip and exposes her bare buttock; other men who are standing around them react with interest (one man falls into a fountain). A man lifts a sheet to reveal a woman's badly sunburned back and her bare buttocks are visible. While a man carries a woman, her skirt lifts up and reveals her thighs and panties. A woman wearing a skirt rides a bike and the skirt flutters in the wind revealing her bare thighs. A woman wearing a low-cut top bends over a table to serve two men and they both ogle her. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in several scenes. A boy wears swim trunks and is bare-chested.
 A girl removes her clothes to her underwear and dives into a pool, while a boy watches; she then swims to him and whispers something in his ear.
 A man kisses a woman's neck (she is wearing a dress that reveals her bare shoulders and neck) and it is implied that they have had a sexual relationship. Men and women kiss in a series of clips from movies. A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes.
 A man caresses a woman's leg (she is wearing a skirt and is sitting in a room filled with other people). A woman kisses a man on the cheeks and squeezes his buttocks (she knew him as a boy and there does not appear to be anything sexual going on).
 A man talks about whether it is wrong to have sex with your cousin.
 A man caresses the back and hip of a statue of a woman kissing a man. A man admires a woman's tattooed ankles.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man driving carelessly runs a woman on a bike off the road, the bike swerves and the woman is thrown to the ground (we see a large bruise on her hip later) she then gets up and yells at him but he does not stop.
 A man stands on a diving board, the board breaks, and the man falls into an empty swimming pool and is stranded there because there is no ladder.
 A man yells and panics when a scorpion crawls into his room through a window (a woman slams the scorpion with the man's suit coat and kills it); another man reacts the same way later and then a young woman.
 A man talks about "planting my knee in his testicles." A boy becomes angry when he loses a tennis match and throws his racket onto the ground.
 A woman has a badly sunburned back. A dog urinates on a man's shoe (we see the stream). A man tastes a glass of wine and spits it out.

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LANGUAGE 5 - 3 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 1 obscene arm gesture, 11 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for the French, name-calling (flunky, stupid), 5 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol in a bar, a man drinks alcohol in a few scenes. People drink wine with dinner, and a man and a boy drink wine (the boy's glass is watered down). A woman smokes a cigarette, a man smokes a cigar, a man smokes a pipe, and a boy pretends to smoke a cigar.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Secrets, greed, success, losing, love, loneliness, passion, stock trading, manipulation of the stock market, heartbreak, family, callousness, vices, insensitivity, safety, wisdom, suspicion, jealousy, mysteries, selfishness, simple pleasures of life, betrayal, stereotype of the vulgar American, consequences of behavior, gentlemen's agreements, forgiveness, passion, living life.
MESSAGE - We only learn from our mistakes, not from our successes.
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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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