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The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus | 2009 | PG-13 | - 6.5.5

Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) conducts a traveling show where he helps members of the audience indulge their imagination. Centuries earlier he made a deal with the Devil to become immortal, on the condition that when his daughter (Lily Cole) reached her 16th birthday he would have to surrender her. On the eve of her birthday, they find a man (Heath Ledger) hanging by the neck under a bridge and after saving him, a series of events are set in motion that brings unexpected results. Also with Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Tom Waits, Andrew Garfield and Verne Troyer. Directed by Terry Gilliam. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a 16-year-old girl ride in a boat, he caresses her ankle and bare calf, they kiss, we see the boat rocking, and then the girl in her bra and panties (cleavage and bare abdomen visible); the man buttons up his shirt and it is implied that they had sex. A 16-year-old girl is nude with a long wig covering the front of her breasts (the side of her breast, her abdomen and bare hip are all visible).
 An inebriated man makes sexual advances toward a nearly 16-year-old girl, remarking about her breasts, and chasing her around a stage and trying to grab her. A man peers through curtains at a teen girl removing her stage makeup; she is startled and turns to see that he has gone. A man and a 16-year-old girl kiss while riding in a small boat (the man is lying on top of her) and they are interrupted.
 A man and a 16-year-old girl nearly kiss. A man caresses a 16-year-old girl's face tenderly and they nearly kiss (they are interrupted). A man and a teen girl dance closely together (she is wearing a low-cut, short dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs). A man and a woman dance together while two 16-year-old girls wearing low-cut gowns (cleavage is revealed) float around them.
 We see a book with illustrations depicting men and women drunk and in various stages of undress and in embraces and sexual poses: women are shown with dresses slipping off the shoulder revealing a bare breast (no nipples are visible), and a half-man-half-horse with visible human genitals.
 A teen girl wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in several scenes. A man wears a costume that has what looks like an anus with a tail sticking out of it. Several men wearing skirts and fishnet hose dance, they wiggle their hips and flip the back of their skirts up to reveal their hose covered buttocks. A man is shown dressed as a woman and when anyone presses on his "breasts" they squeak like a balloon.
 A woman drags a man by the hand toward a "One Nite Stand Hotel" (he resists and the scene ends). A man becomes jealous when he sees a teen girl dancing with another man. A husband and his wife kiss.
 A man says, "How can I woo her, how can I make her mine?"


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man stands on a ladder with a noose around his neck, he jumps down and another man puts the noose on his own neck; he is surrounded by many angry people, he steps off the ladder and is hung (we hear a crack and we see him swinging).
 A man hangs from a rope around his neck under a bridge (he appears dead), and another man swings by a rope to free him: the two men are pulled to the top of the bridge, fall hard on the ground, and a teen girl starts mouth to mouth on the first man while the other man pounds on his chest; he sits up, strikes his head on the underside of a carriage and is knocked unconscious.
 An inebriated man makes sexual advances toward a nearly 16-year-old girl, remarking about her breasts, and chasing her around a stage, trying to grab her and she punches him in the face three times (we see him with a bloody nose). Three men tackle a man to the ground, threaten to kill him, and one man punches him in the face. A man slaps a 16-year-old girl in the face (she falls back onto the floor). A man hits a woman in the face, and tackles a young boy and punches him in the side a few times before being seen by a crowd. A man strikes his son on the head. A man kicks another man in the head and he falls to the ground unconscious (we see a bit of blood on his forehead). A 16-year-old girl punches a man hard on the back. A man strikes another man a couple of times on the leg with a cane. A man whips another man several times and yells at him to leave.
 A man tries to entice a woman to walk through a mirror passage, she resists, he picks her up over his shoulder and carries her inside: we hear her screaming, the man comes out of the mirror, and we later see the woman fall out of a speeding carriage and into a pile of garbage on the street (she seems unharmed).
 A man yells at a young girl, picks her up by the arms, shakes her and stops when he realizes people are watching.
 A man stands on a ladder, it sways back and forth, another man comes to try to help him, and they both fall to the ground and one is knocked unconscious.
 A crowded ballroom begins to break apart, people run screaming, a large crevasse in the floor opens, a boy falls in, and a teen girl grabs his arm, but she loses her grip and he falls (we see the boy alive and fine later). A man walks into a bar and the bar explodes (we see flames burst out of the doors and we understand that he was killed but do not see him).
 A man jumps off a large rock (presumably to commit suicide) and is caught by another man holding a large branch. A man grabs another man and forces him to the ground; he gets away and is chased by the man but is not caught. A man collapses on the floor and he foams at the mouth: he's holding a bottle of alcohol, which it is implied that he has drunk and a teen girl screams when she thinks he's dead.
 A man throws two men off a raised stage (they do not appear harmed). Two bouncers forcibly push several people out of a nightclub. A man chasing a teen girl through a stage forest falls and lands in mud, face first. A man wades through a pile of empty alcohol bottles. Two men wrestle over a telephone. A man throws another man off a raised stage, we hear a crunch and the man holds his arm in pain.
 We see a bloated, dead cow floating in water and garbage and decay beyond it. A man plucks feathers from a dead chicken. A man waves an instrument and numerous people's mouths close up and become puckered. A man has a bloody nose after a punch and we see him later with a blood-soaked tissue in his nostril. A man has a bruise on his throat from a rope.
 Four men climb under the skirt of an enormous woman, there is a large explosion from under her skirt, and she pulls her head off and shows a man operating controls inside her neck. An enormous head pushes up out of the ground and an abnormally long tongue unrolls on the ground. A man has flames on his suit and his head (he pats them out and is fine). A teen girl spins through a doorway and flames burst out of it (it isn't clear what has happened to her). A man is pulled into the air by a hand and is dragged through a swarm of huge jellyfish in the sky, and then dropped back down to the ground where he lands on a huge thumbtack (very near the point). A boy goes through a large mirror-like passage and finds a land made of candy and sweets; his parents outside panic when they cannot find him, but he appears again unharmed.
 Someone says of a man, "We should hang him with a rope around the neck until he is dead." A group of people talks about being broke and hungry. A man blows a raspberry at another man. A man talks about another man "coming to collect" and it is implied that he means to take away his 16-year-old daughter. A man talks about "the story that sustains the universe" and that if the story is not told, the universe will end. A man talks about meeting the devil and making a deal with him for immortality. A man talks about taking a loan from a bad man. Two men argue. A police officer threatens a man. A man tells another man "I'm gonna' kill you." A boy reads a news article that states that a man was selling the organs of children from Third World countries. The opening credits include a listing for "Poo Poo Pictures." A man says, "I hope they get that [expletive deleted] and tear him limb from limb." A man talks about his wife dying in childbirth (she was 60 years old at the time).
 A man throws a beer bottle at actors on a stage where it shatters (no one is harmed). A teen girl throws bottles at a man and yells at him. A man rides a horse on a very narrow ledge (nothing happens). We hear loud knocking on the door of a carriage, and people inside seem frightened; a man goes to investigate but sees nothing.
 A man is made up in black face and an Afro wig during a stage show. A man, who is represented as the Devil, gives a nun an apple and she takes it. A man trudges through a dessert and a sand storm.
 A man vomits on the side of a stage (we see him lurch forward but do not see goo or hear gagging). A man spits. A large bird defecates on a man's hat (we see the goo splat on the hat and around his shoulders).


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 2 F-words, 4 scatological terms (1 mild in credits), 3 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, exclamations (bugger off, bug off), name-calling (freaks, idiot, arrogant, perverts, devil, idiot, stupid, creep, pathetic smug pustule, disgrace, midget), 1 religious profanity, 9 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is shown carrying a beer bottle as he leaves a nightclub, people leaving a nightclub appear to be drunk, a man wades through a pile of empty alcohol bottles, and a man drinks alcohol from a bottle in a few scenes. A woman smokes a cigarette as she leaves a nightclub, a teen girl rolls and smokes a cigarette, a teen girl smokes cigarettes in a few scenes, and a man smokes cigarettes in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Devil, immortality, stories, superstition, imagination, disbelief, charity, misuse of funds, loan sharks, destiny, mystery, coincidence, truth, love, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Stories are meant to be told, but the truth must not be forgotten.

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