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The Joy Luck Club | 1993 | R | - 4.5.5

The stories of four Chinese mothers and their four American daughters give insight into the mother/daughter ties that bind.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - One scene depicts very strong sexual tension and desire which leads to a passionate, yet brief love-making scene. The participants remain clothed. There is also a brief rape scene between an old man and a young woman. A man and woman are shown in bed together, presumably after having slept together. The man is bare-chested.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - There is a very disturbing scene where a mother abandons her two infants at the side of a road, during war time. A girl is slapped in the face, and a man throws his wife on the floor. A woman breaks a dish and lunges at a man with a sharp shard. A woman commits suicide by eating opium laced sweets. We only see her after the fact. A woman drowns her baby for revenge against her unfaithful and abusive husband. A young girl is scalded by hot soup. A woman cuts her arm and the blood pours into a bowl.


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LANGUAGE 5 - A couple of F-words, scatological terms and anatomical references, many of which are spoken in Chinese and translated in the subtitles.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a mother, disappointing your parents, matchmaking, infidelity, racism, suicide.

MESSAGE - You must always feel confident in your own worth.

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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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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