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Hyde Park on Hudson | 2012 | R | - 5.2.3

Based on the speculated relationship between President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin Daisy (Laura Linney): The events depicted take place during a weekend in 1939 when the British royal couple visited FDR's personal home in upstate New York. Also with Samuel West, Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams. Directed by Roger Michell. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We see the blurry outline of what appears to be a nude woman through a window as we see the woman adjusting her dress, while we hear an older man's voice shout for her (sex is implied); the woman getting dressed is surprised to see another woman, who immediately infers that she and an older man had been having sex and is visibly upset.
 In the front seats of a car, an older man takes a woman's hand and places it on his knee and the woman leans closer, the camera moves to only show the back of their heads and we hear the man groaning sexually (it is implied that the woman is performing manual stimulation on the man and no nudity visible); the man later apologizes and we see the woman look upset.
 A woman kisses an older man on the cheek. A woman hugs an older man so hard that he drops a crutch he is holding. Men and women kiss on the cheek in greeting.
 A woman tells another woman that an older man that both women are sexually involved with is also having an affair with another woman, and that his first affair had been discovered by his wife. A husband and his wife speculate that a woman leaving a house is engaged in an affair with an older man; the man and the woman then discuss how a man had told them that they knew a man was having an affair with another woman. A woman crudely accuses an older man of thinking of her as a loose woman. A woman half-jokingly tells a man that if he touches her again, she'll remove his hands. A woman teases her older husband that he likes the attention of "adoring young women."
 We see a man and an older man wearing full-coverage bathing suits with attached tank tops.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman runs from another woman and a man and the man stumbles as he runs through the forest; we see the woman fall down a small hill, head over feet then stand up with a small stumble and we see an abrasion on her head (she is later see unharmed).
 An older man shouts at his elderly mother, pounding his fist on a desktop. A woman shouts angrily at a man. A husband and his wife shout angrily at one another and they are interrupted by another man. A woman imagines herself shouting angrily at an older man. A woman is startled when another woman pops up in the back of her car. A woman is startled when a man shines a flashlight in her eyes.
 A woman's narration explains that another woman had become very ill and passed away before an older man had visited her, adding that the older man did not like being around "illness." A man dramatically tells an older man that he is expecting a nation's children would end up as "bones" similar to a failing nation's starving children. An elderly woman asks her adult niece if "someone had died" when she received a surprising phone call. A woman half-jokingly tells her older husband and two women that a group of girl scouts had been "beat up" at a rally and at a similar rally a group of boy scouts "fought back and started ten fist fights."
 A woman steps in horse feces (we do not see the feces) causing her to shout and we see her wiping her foot on the grass.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 sexual reference, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (monkeys, common, naïve, just stupid), 4 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking alcohol, a man drinks with an older man and when he is asked by his wife if "he is drunk" he laughs, an older man is seen pouring alcohol from a flask, we see a man shaking a drink shaker and spilling alcohol on himself and remarking to a woman that he "smells like a martini," an older man mentions that his mother did not approve of him drinking liquor, a man says that his mother did not approve of drinking liquor, and a woman's narration explains that an older man's grandfather had been a "horrible drunk." Throughout the movie men and women smoke cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, polio, World War II, Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth, abstaining from alcohol, fidelity in a marriage, political meetings

MESSAGE - The private lives of Presidents can be as complicated as those of less prominent citizens.

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