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Grandma | 2015 | R | - 4.2.7

A teenage girl (Julia Garner) finds herself pregnant, and not being able to talk to her mother about it, she turns to her grandmother (Lily Tomlin) for support. Also with Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Peña and Sam Elliott. Directed by Paul Weitz. [1:19]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Two women kiss tenderly. A woman kisses another woman on the lips. A man tells a woman that he wants a kiss in exchange for some money and they kiss; he then says, "I want you to make love to me" and she refuses.
 A woman showers and we see her upper back. A teen girl wears shorts through much of the movie that reveal her legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.
 A woman yells at her mother and says, "Did you let them use your house for sex?" A woman yells at her teenage daughter and asks, "What about all those condoms I gave you?" A teenage girl tells her grandmother that she is pregnant and needs money for an abortion. A woman tells her granddaughter that she had an abortion. There are several conversations about a woman having two mothers and a teen girl having two grandmothers. A woman and her teenage granddaughter talk about one-night stands and pregnancy. A woman has a woman's name tattooed on her arm. A transgender person tells a teen girl that the girl's grandmother helped her when her "boobs were leaking" (presumably an augmentation gone bad). People talk about sperm donation.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman yells at a teenage boy, he yells back at her and calls her names and she hits him in the crotch with a hockey stick; he falls to the floor moaning. A woman yells at a driver on the road, she tries to pass him and the car swerves and they end up on the side of the road; the passenger screams as they careen across the road (no one is injured). A woman outside an abortion clinic tells a teen girl, "Don't kill your baby," and the teen girl's grandmother confronts the woman's young daughter; the child punches the grandmother in the face (we see her with a bruised eye and cheek later).
 A woman yells at her mother and her teenage daughter in several scenes; she says, "I should kill you." A coffee shop owner tells a woman and her teen granddaughter that they will need to leave the shop because they are making other customers uncomfortable (they are talking about abortion); the woman yells at the man and spills coffee on the floor as they leave. A father and his pre-teen son yell at each other in a car and the mother yells at both of them. A woman yells at a driver on the road. A man and a woman argue and he says, "You wronged me." Two women argue and call each other names; one woman says, "I hate you." Two women argue and one tells the other, "You are a terrible girlfriend" as the other tells her to take her things and go. A woman says, "I'm a horrible person." A teen girl says that she didn't tell her mother that she was pregnant because "She would have a stroke, then strangle me and have a stroke." A woman and her teen granddaughter talk about abortion. A woman tells a man to "Get a vasectomy." A woman cries after breaking up with her girlfriend. A woman says, "When they smile, it's like they are showing you their skeleton." A woman says, "You must feel like your head is on the chopping block." A woman tells her adult daughter, "You need such a spanking." A physician describes an abortion procedure and says that they use a vacuum aspiration that is less damaging. A teen girl tells her mother, "Grandma beat the [scatological term deleted] out of him." A woman talks about her partner dying (not clear what from).
 A woman gets a tattoo on her upper arm (no blood is seen). A man gets a tattoo on his chest in a tattoo parlor (we see cloth with what could be blood on it).
 A teenage girl vomits next to a tree (we hear coughing and gagging; no goo is shown). A teenage girl vomits in the sink and we hear her coughing (no goo is shown). A teen girl moans from cramps.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 26 F-words and its derivatives, 5 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 24 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, loser, moron, crazy, mean, hypocrite, selfish, neophyte, solipsist, ingénue, sellout, creepy, stupid, bossy, creep, garbage, subhuman, scary, awful, brat, bully), 6 religious profanities (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Oh My God, Oh God, Christ, Thank God, "I don't believe in a vengeful God").


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman smoke marijuana cigarette together. A man and a woman drink beer from cans in a home, and a man and a woman are seen with glasses of wine in front of them at a dinner table.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Estranged relationships, abortion, teen pregnancy, homosexuality, love, ending relationships, parenting, single parenting, time, debt, paying off debt, reputation, pride, death of a loved one, Karma, choices, parental disappointment, misanthrope, "Feminine Mystique," heartbreak.

MESSAGE - Family comes in many forms, but family members should always stick together.

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