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Greenberg | 2010 | R | - 7.2.8

Ben Stiller stars as a man who has recently been released from a hospital after a mental breakdown. He comes to housesit for his brother, and while there, he meets his brother's personal assistant (Greta Gerwig). Although initially awkward with each other, they begin a relationship. Also with Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Messina, Susan Traylor, Merritt Wever, Emily Lacy and Zach Chassler. Directed by Noah Baumbach. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman have sex on a sofa and we see his bare buttocks as he thrusts on top of her while she moans. A man and a woman kiss in her apartment, he pulls up her top and kisses her chest (we see her bare breasts); then he pulls up her skirt (we see her bare thighs) and puts his head between her legs (presumably performing oral sex), he stops, they talk, and she adjusts her clothing. A man and a woman kiss and they go to an apartment, where we see them in bed after sex (we see his bare back and her bare shoulders) and she later sits on the side of the bed and her bare breasts and abdomen are visible.
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A man is seen bare-chested while wearing swim trunks poolside and men and women are shown wearing swimsuits in a later pool scene. Two women are shown wearing bikinis.
 A man and a woman kiss.
 A woman talks about a man performing oral sex on another woman. A woman describes an evening when she and a friend met two men, and they went back to an apartment and performed a striptease for them. A woman tells a man that she is pregnant, and that the baby is not his and she has an appointment for an abortion. A man makes a sexually aggressive remark to another man. A remark is made about sexual molestation. A man asks a woman on a date and she accepts. A woman describes another woman as being "sexy and hot." A man describes a woman as "sexy."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man slaps the back of a car after it cuts him off in a crosswalk, the car stops, and the man runs away on foot.
 A woman tells a man that she has an appointment for an abortion and we see her being checked into the clinic for the procedure and in recovery later.
 A man yells at a woman and she cries. Two men argue. A man yells at another man over the phone. Two men argue whether New York or LA is better. A woman tells a man that another man is dead. A man and a woman talk about the man's brother having a nervous breakdown. Two women talk about mental illness and a man talks about having a psychosomatic problem with his legs. A woman talks about her mother being sick. A man makes a sexually aggressive remark to another man. A man talks about a woman being a racist. A man makes a remark about someone being less Jewish than someone else.
 We see a dog in a vet clinic and hear that he is sick and should be transferred to another hospital where thy can take care of him. A dog is shown to be lethargic and appears ill (it recovers).
 We see a dead rodent floating in a swimming pool and a man scoops it out and waves it at a crowd (they cringe and yell).
 A man seems agitated in numerous scenes.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 37 F-words, 16 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy), 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man snorts cocaine, a man talks about having given up drugs and alcohol, a man smokes marijuana, a man asks if he can mix cocaine and Zoloft, and a man asks if people have any crack. A man takes a prescription pill and a man takes a prescription pill with alcohol. A man drinks a glass of alcohol and offers another man a drink (he declines), people drink wine and alcohol at a nightclub, people drink beer at a cookout, many people at a party drink alcohol, a woman gives beer to a dog, a man and a woman share a beer from bottle, a woman drinks champagne, a woman drinks a beer, a man makes a shopping list and puts whiskey at the top of the list, a man asks a woman for a drink, and we see many empty bottles of beer and alcohol after a party. A woman smokes cigarettes in a few scenes, and people smoke cigarettes at a party.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental instability, friendship, success, failure, morality, aging, reliving the past, drug use and abuse, pressure to succeed, following your dreams, pregnancy out of wedlock, abortion, insensitivity, responsibility, being brave, self absorption, separation from spouse and child, narcissism, confidence.

MESSAGE - The inability to genuinely care for others can leave you isolated.

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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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