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Harry and Max | 2005 | R | - 8.1.8

Two brothers (16 and 23 years old) who have found professional success as pop music boy band stars, struggle to come to terms with their dysfunctional family life and their sexuality: Having had an incestual physical relationship with each other when they were young, one struggles with the desire to be heterosexual, while the other is looking for someone with whom he can have a long-term, loving relationship. With Bryce Johnson, Cole Williams, Rain Phoenix, Tom Gilroy and Michelle Phillips. Directed by Christopher Münch. [1:14]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - While preparing to sleep in a tent, one young man climbs under a sleeping bag and we see rhythmic bobbing around another young man's crotch; the young man under the sleeping bag then moves up toward the other young man's face and tries to kiss him, they do kiss and then go to sleep.
 A young man showers (we see his bare chest) and begins to masturbate (we see his arm moving rhythmically). A young man masturbates while looking at a picture of his brother. A young man puts his foot in another young man's crotch and rubs it, and a young man rubs the crotch of another young man while he is sleeping (we see a bulge in his pants).
 A young man and a young woman kiss, he touches her clothed breast, takes off her top (we see her bare back) and unzips his pants; they lie back on a sofa, we see her wrapped in a sheet, he is bare-chested in bed and it is implied that they did not have sex.
 A young man lies nude on a bed (we see his bare back and buttocks) while looking at a magazine with pictures of nude men (we do not see much more detail), and another young man lies next to him, and they kiss.
 A young man massages an older man's neck and shoulders, they kiss, the young man pulls down his pants (we see his bare legs), and the older man caresses his face and chest. A young man caresses the hair of another young man who has his head on his lap.
 A young man tells a young woman, in very crude terms, that he and his brother have had a sexual relationship. A young man describes performing oral sex on his girlfriend. A young man asks another young man when he "first wanted it," referring to when he first wanted him. A young man talks about seeing his brother with an erection and wanting to touch it. Two young men talk about one of them having been with a much older man and the other suggests that it was molestation. A young man talks about enjoying being "naked" on the beach with his brother. Two young men talk about masturbating. Two young men talk about "liking boys." Two young men talk about circumcision (one young man is angry that he was circumcised).
 A young man tries to make a pass at another young man and it is implied that he is suggesting having sex with three young men.
 A young man invites his brother to sleep in his bed. A woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - Boys load model rockets with explosive charges, they light them and launch them, while one talks about his mother fearing that he would maim his younger brother while doing so. A young woman puts a piece of tape on a young man's leg, then pulls it off and makes a remark about bikini waxing. A young man applies a chemical to the ground around plants and talks about killing slugs and that they "deserve to die."


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LANGUAGE 8 - 34 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 23 sexual references, 1 sexual hand gesture, 20 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A 16-year-old smokes marijuana. Two young men drink wine with dinner -- they are 16 and 23 years old. One young man drinks alcohol (we are told it is vodka) from a flask throughout the movie, and it is suggested that he has a problem with alcohol. A young man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, sometimes while drinking. A young man drinks a beer.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Incest, homosexuality, heterosexuality, bisexuality, sexual molestation, sexual identity, regrets, the music industry, teen idols, boy bands, celebrity, alcoholism, self-destructive behavior, dysfunctional families, childhood memories, virginity, confusion, life choices.

MESSAGE - Sexuality and love can be confusing.

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