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House of D | 2005 | PG-13 | - 5.6.5

David Duchovny makes his directorial debut, and also stars as a man who hopes to salvage his crumbling marriage by coming to terms with his past. In flashbacks we follow his life as a thirteen-year-old: while living with his mother (Téa Leoni) who was suffering from debilitating depression after his father died, much of his time was spent with his mentally handicapped friend (Robin Williams) who was the janitor at his high school. Also with Anton Yelchin and Erykah Badu. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - People talk about a man having an erection (we see a bulge in his pants). A woman wears a short robe that exposes her bare legs while reclining on a sofa, and she asks a man and a boy who have just made a delivery if they "need a tip," -- she's holding a coin purse to her crotch and she's lifting her knee.
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, she hugs a man's head to her chest, and then a boy's and they both seem to enjoy it. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, and a man is shown bare-chested with a towel wrapped around his waist. A boy showers (we see his bare chest) and his mother comes into the bathroom and uses the toilet (we see her slip and panties). A boy looks at a flipbook of a woman in a conservative bra and panties; his mother finds it and calls it "pornography."
 A man and a woman kiss while in a horse-drawn carriage. A man and a woman kiss, and a boy and a girl hug and kiss. A man kisses a man on the lips (as a greeting). A boy and a girl hug.
 A boy and a girl lie in bed sleeping together (they are fully clothed and it is not clear whether anything happened between them).
 Boys and girls dance together at a school dance, they hold each other close and one girl rests her head on the shoulder of a boy, he holds her around the waist and then slips his hands slightly downward. A man and a woman also dance together and the woman pushes herself against the man (he is a priest) causing the man to say, "leave room for Jesus."
 A woman tells a boy to "go get yourself some pimp clothes" for a dance, a boy talks to a woman about how much he likes a girl, a boy talks about a girl and uses crude sexual language, a boy talks about the size of a girl's breasts, and girls talk about the size of a boy's endowment. A man talks about a bible story that refers to people having sex.
 A man and a boy play a word game with sexual and scatological terms that sound like people's names. One scene shows a boy trying to confuse his French teacher who mispronounces English words causing them to sound like sexual terms.
 A man walks around outside a women's detention center and it is implied that he is a pimp. A woman gives a boy advice about girls. A boy and a girl look at each other and smile admiringly.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman's life-sustaining machines are unplugged by a boy, she dies, and medical staff tries to revive her with no success.
 A woman takes sedatives that put her to sleep, she wakes up, takes more pills, we see her hand fall limp over the side of a bed, and we see her on a breathing machine in the hospital and hear that she has had brain damage.
 A woman throws a shard of mirror onto a street, a piece breaks off, hitting a boy in the face (we see a small cut and blood on his cheek). A boy is hit in the head by a baseball. A man breaks a store window and steals a bicycle.
 We hear about two men having died from cancer. A woman appears to be suffering from depression after the death of her husband. A man teases his son and says, "your mother killed herself because she had a retarded son." A boy worries that his mother will commit suicide. We hear about a women's detention center and see one woman inside a dark cell (she says that she is in the "D" because she murdered her husband with her bare hands).
 A man shoves a boy and yells at him. A man yells at another man. A boy talks about people being "cut up and hung on meat hooks" in reference to the horror movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
 We see cigarette butts floating in a toilet in several scenes. A boy urinates into a toilet guiding the stream to hit cigarette butts in a few scenes.

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LANGUAGE 5 - 5 F-words, 13 sexual terms, 7 scatological terms, 42 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, 7 derogatory terms for the mentally handicapped, name-calling (knucklehead), 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman takes sedatives in many scenes and one time overdoses and becomes brain damaged. A man drinks alcohol from a bottle wrapped in a paper bag. A woman smokes cigarettes constantly throughout the movie, and a man smokes cigarettes in several scenes. Several young teens smoke cigarettes on school grounds, and a man and a woman smoke cigarettes. A woman asks a boy to buy her some "weed" in a few scenes.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, depression, lying, fear, stealing, deceit, prostitution, pity, murder, love, jealousy, death of a parent, death of a spouse, pornography, recession, oil embargoes, Richard Nixon, euthanasia, overdosing.
MESSAGE - Let go of the pain from your past or you will not be able to move on.
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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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