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K-PAX | 2001 | PG-13 | - 3.6.5

Jeff Bridges is a psychiatrist who's confused by a preternaturally optimistic patient (Kevin Spacey) who claims to be from the planet K-PAX. His descriptions of life on his planet inspire other psychiatric patients, who decide they want to follow him to K-PAX when he undertakes the 1000 light-years trip home. Also with Alfre Woodard, Aaron Paul and Mary McCormack. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A couple kiss while sitting on a couch. A couple awake in the night and as the woman throws the sheet off she appears to be nude but all we see are the tops of her breasts. A man discusses reproduction on his planet as being unpleasant and uses the phrases "nuts in a vise" and "moment of climax."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man imagines a rape and homicide incident as another describes what occurred: a man's wife was raped and murdered and his daughter was murdered; we see the wife's bloody hands tied to the headboard of a bed, we see her corpse with spots of blood on her face, we see the corpse of the daughter with blood splattered on the wall next to her bed and we see the husband grab the killer around the neck choking him to death and throwing the body to the ground. While this is happening we see the husband's bloody hands and later he washes them in a sprinkler -- droplets of blood are spraying. During hypnosis, the subject becomes upset, cries and lunges towards the hypnotist and briefly has his hands around his neck. A man becomes hysterical when he hears a sprinkler come on and he holds a child by her wrists so she won't go into the sprinkler; the child cries and screams, and three men hold the man down in an effort to restrain him. A man cries and describes a man's attempt to drown himself in a river. A man submerges himself in a river and we assume he's trying to drown himself. A man describes how cows are knocked in their heads so they don't struggle when their throats are slit during slaughter. A man describes a man strangling another man to death. A woman throws Jell-O in a man's face. A man and woman scuffle leaving the woman lying on the floor. There's a commotion in a hospital as patients push and shove each other, a cart is overturned and orderlies yell to restore order. A woman and a man run into each other while both are running. A man is found lying under his bed and is later carried out on a stretcher.


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LANGUAGE 5 - One F-word, many scatological references and mild obscenities, a few anatomical references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental illness, life on other planets, family relationships, psychiatry, faith vs. doubt.

MESSAGE - Be prepared for anything.

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