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The Independents | 2018 | NR | – 3.2.9

content-ratingsWhy is “The Independents” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes some partial nudity and discussion of relationships ending, several arguments and a near arrest, and over 40 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Three men (Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand) meet by chance and discover that they each are musicians at heart, and are hoping to succeed with their dreams of making it in the music business. Also with Richard Kind, Boyd Gaines, George Wendt and James Naughton. Directed by Greg Naughton. [Running Time: 1:37]

The Independents SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man stands up not wearing any pants and walks out of a room (we see his bare buttocks and legs). Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A man wears long johns while arguing with a police officer. A man sleeps shirtless and we see his bare back. A shirtless man stands outside a van and asks, “What color is this,” presumably pointing to his genitals (we see his bare chest, abdomen and the waistband of his underwear).

The Independents VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 – A man wearing long johns yells at a police officer that has rousted him out a van where he was sleeping; they argue, the man accuses the officer of profiling and over-reaching, and the officer threatens to arrest him before he impounds the van. A man pulls a van over on a road, runs into a field, and yells and curses in frustration.
 A van makes clunking sounds and steam pours out from under the hood. Men driving in a van stop to pick up a hitchhiker and refer to the possibility that he is a psycho killer. A man walks along a grassy area and is nearly struck by a falling tree limb cut by another man in a tree. A man runs toward a van as several children run away and smoke wafts out from inside the vehicle; the man curses at the children and complains that they break in to smoke marijuana. A woman pounds on her floor in several scenes trying to quiet a man playing his guitar in the apartment below.
 A man receives a phone call from his mother telling him that he needs to give up music and focus on his academic dissertation. A man says, “Digital destroyed music.” A man says that another man could have died from hypothermia. A man talks about having been on his way to his father’s memorial when two men picked him up; another man talks about his father also being dead. A man is sad when he finds out that the woman he is involved with is accepting a job in London and moving away. A man on a telephone call tells another man that he has to fire another man from their musical group. Three men play music and are accompanied by guitarists and a drummer that play loudly and the audience does not seem happy.
 A man steals a blowtorch from a science lab. Two men fill their pockets with food from a motel breakfast buffet. Three men urinate at the side of a road and we see three streams and hear trickling. A man cleaning a sidewalk with water sprays another man walking past and we see his pants stained with water; people stare at him and laugh. We see a haze hanging over Los Angeles and it is referred to as pollution.

The Independents LANGUAGE 9

 – About 42 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 23 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (embarrassing, juvenile delinquents, miscreants, weirdly obsessed, posers, unholy hellion, dead weight, bull, bum, devil, crazy, ridiculous, high and dry, piece of work, Army brat, psycho killer, sleeping beauty, hippie, polygamist, insanity), exclamations (oh wow, oh man, you gotta be kidding man, you what), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy [scatological term deleted], Oh My God, Unholy Hellion, Jesus Christ). | profanity glossary |

The Independents SUBSTANCE USE

 – Two men smoke a marijuana cigarette, and several children run out of a van where they have been smoking marijuana. People drink beer at an inn with a meal and while playing music, people drink in a bar, people drink shots in a bar, a man drinks alone in a bar, and a man says that he is going to meet some other people for drinks. A man smokes a cigarette outside a motel, and a man smokes a cigarette in a van.

The Independents DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Dreams, music business, Karma, Kismet, irony, relationships breaking up, disappointment, heartbreak.

The Independents MESSAGE

 – Do what you have to do to keep doing what you want to do.

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