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Jane Eyre | 2011 | PG-13 | - 4.5.1

Based on Charlotte Brontë's classic, about a governess (Mia Wasikowska) that falls in love with her brooding employer (Michael Fassbender) and eventually discovers his dark secret. Also with Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Dame Judi Dench, Imogen Poots, Tamzin Merchant and Holliday Grainger. Directed by Cary Fukunaga. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young woman scrutinizes the nude painting of a woman (the paining shows bare breasts and the crotch area). A woman pulls a girl's overdress off (no nudity is visible). A young woman rips at her dress's corset and pulls off her overdress (cleavage is visible).
 A man and a young woman kiss passionately. A man kisses a young woman and lifts her up. A man and a young woman kiss. A man and young woman kiss and hold hands. A young woman imagines herself kissing a man passionately. A man holds the hands of a young woman, their faces are close and they appear about to kiss, but the young woman pulls away.
 A young woman places her head on the thigh of a man (he is on a horse and the young woman is standing next to the horse). A man wraps his arms around a young woman's waist and puts his head against her waist; the young woman pushes him and walks away. A man wraps his arms around a woman who leans against his chest and the woman then pulls away.
 A man asks a young woman if she finds him attractive, and he tells her he finds her attractive. A young woman tells a woman that she is afraid she will go her entire life without speaking to a man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - An ill girl lays in a bed, another girl gets in the bed to comfort her, the girl coughs and we later see her lying completely still; a woman checks her pulse, it is implied the girl has died, and the other girl is carried away from the deceased girl, screaming and struggling against the man holding her.
 We see a man lying on a chaise, his face is clammy and sweaty, another man turns him over and we see a large bloody cut on his back with blood soaking his shirt and small bloody wounds on his neck; a young woman mops up the man's wounds and we later see the man being loaded into a carriage and driven away after a doctor says the wounds are serious cuts and gouges.
 A girl is dragged by two women and shoved into a room, and she cries as the women shut the door and warn the girl that monsters might come from the fireplace; the girl bangs on the door, we see a stream of blood coming from a wound on her forehead, and then screams, as a plume of smoke comes from the fireplace, causing the girl to run into the door (she hits the door with a thud and falls backwards, unconscious).
 A young woman enters a man's bedroom, we see smoke filling the room and see a curtain burning, the young woman wakes up the man and they put out the fire; the man tells the young woman she had saved his life.
 A teenage boy is seen swinging a sword around, calling for a girl that is hiding; he finds her, points the sword in her face, slaps her on the head with a book, and the girl leaps onto the teenage boy, hits him violently and must be pried off by two women. A woman is about to strike a girl with a stick, a man interrupts her and then instructs her to hit the girl and we see the woman strike the girl four times; the girl whimpers in pain. A man shouts and leaps at another man, shoves him to the ground and begins to choke him; the man is then pulled off. A man places his hands around a young woman's neck, and he tells the young woman that he could "bend her with a finger." A man shoves past a woman, grabs a young woman's arm and quickly pulls her away. We hear the sound of a whip striking flesh, see the shoulders of a girl and hear a rapid intake of breath; we do not see the impact. A woman grabs a girl roughly, pushes her forward and begins stripping off her clothing (we see anything else). A man places a girl on a stool and instructs several other girls to ignore her and states that she shall not have food or water for an entire day. A crazed woman slaps and hits a man that holds her to try to calm her.
 We hear a man shouting and throwing objects and then three gunshots, followed by more shouting. A young woman and girl investigate and watch as a man fires two shots into an open field.
 A horse rears up and knocks its rider to the ground, the horse falls on top of the rider, the rider shouts, he is helped up and limps away (we later find out he sprained his ankle).
 A young woman collapses, a man lifts her up and carries her away, and she is later seen unharmed. A young woman falls against the door of a building, and a man lifts her up and carries her into the building. A young woman is awakened by the sound of a woman screaming, several men and women gather and a man tells them that the scream was a woman having a nightmare and to go back to sleep. A woman is seen lying on a chaise lounge and she appears to be ill. A young woman collapses on a rock, crying. A young woman struggles to walk through the rain, she falls to the ground and struggles to stand up. A young woman is frightened when a bird flies in front of her.
 A young woman walks through the burnt-out remains of a building, an older woman approaches her and tells her that a woman had set fire to the building and then jumped off the roof as a man watched (it is implied the woman died); we later learn that the man tried to save the woman but was blinded by the smoke.
 A man describes to a young woman how he was afraid of a woman, that the woman would attack him and allow her anger to overcome her and that she was going insane. A young woman hears a voice describing how a woman would take anything around her and make it into a weapon. A man tells a young woman that he did not want to send a woman to a mental hospital because the inmates were chained and caged "like beasts." A woman tells a young woman that she had told a man that the young woman had died years previously from tuberculosis. On multiple occasions we hear a young woman discussing how her parents had died. A woman tells a man that a girl's parents had died. A man asks a girl if she would like to fall into a "pit of fire" from hell. A man accuses a young woman of spooking a horse, and causing it to knock a man off and sprain his ankle. A young woman tells a woman that her parents had died. A man tells a young woman that a man had died. A young woman tells a man that her cousin had committed suicide and her aunt had a stroke from the shock. Two women and a man comment how a young woman was close to death ("white as death"), and a woman later remarks that she thought the young woman would be carried away as remains. A young woman tells a man that marrying him would "kill her," and the man shouts at her and she runs away. A girl shouts at a woman. A man shouts, "Take it away and disembowel it"; it seems to be in reference to a girl, half-jokingly. A man asks a young woman why she is not shouting at him. A girl tells a young woman a story that a ghost haunts a mansion, and that at night it will suck the blood of people. A man jokes that a woman had tried to set a woman's hair on fire when she was a child. A girl asks another girl how she deals with being struck by a woman, and she then jokes that she would break the woman's stick. A woman jokes that she was almost driven to insanity by a dreary winter. A young woman jokingly teases a girl about a spirit wolf attacking travelers; the young woman then tells the girl she is making up the story. A man jokes that a woman could not be more surprised than if he had uncovered that she was a murderer. A man shouts for a woman.
 A crazed woman spits at a young woman (we see a black spot on the young woman's frock and it looks like the woman had spit out an insect).


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LANGUAGE 1 - 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (rat, imp, miserable rat, liar, small ungrateful plant, wickedness, bad, hard hearted, not bright, no talent, abrupt, changeful, simple minded old woman, detestable, degenerates, hysterics, villainous child, obscure, machine without feelings, monster, defrauded, wretch, my own demon, deceitful, cowardly), exclamations (humbug, bloody).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman tells a young woman that another woman had possibly had "too much gin" and passed out, on multiple occasions we see a man drinking sherry, a young woman is offered and drinks sherry and a woman asks another woman to get a "warm port" for a young woman. On multiple occasions we see a man smoking a cigar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gender roles, insanity, dishonesty, social classes, moral convictions, disappointment, independence, atonement, forgiveness, search for home and family, boarding schools, death of family members, tuberculosis, being a governess, Thornfield manor, classic British novels, feminism, early feminist literature, running away, Babylon, kingdom of spirits, invisible worlds, ghosts, secrets, illegitimate children, marrying for wealth, mental institutions in the 1830's, missionaries, arson, revenge.

MESSAGE - Moral conviction and independence are important in love and life.

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