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Last Days | 2005 | R | - 5.4.6

Loosely based on the last days in Kurt Cobain's short life, we follow a burned out rock and roll musician (Michael Pitt) as he's trying to get away from the hangers-on who hound him, as well as the concert organizers who will not allow him to recover from a recent bout with drug and alcohol abuse. Also with Lukas Haas, Asia Argento, Kim Gordon and Ryan Fellner. Directed by Gus Van Sant. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man takes off his clothes to sleep (we see him bare-chested and in boxers), he takes off the shirt of another young man, he lies in bed, and the other young man climbs on top of him and they kiss.
 A young woman gets out of bed and we see her bare buttocks (she is wearing a thong). A young man takes his shirt and pants off to swim (we see him bare-chested and in boxer shorts) and when he comes out of the water we see the top of his bare buttocks. We see a young man's bare buttocks, back and chest when an opaque version of him sits up from his body and climbs up a ladder. A young man takes off his shirt to change and we see his bare chest. A young man wears a woman's full slip.
 A young man and a young woman kiss in a few scenes. Two young women dance together, and a young man and a young woman dance together -- the young man lifts the young woman's shirt and tries to kiss her breast (we do not see anything).
 Two couples (young men with two young women) sleep in beds together. A young man talks about having sex all night with a woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young man lies motionless on the floor and we understand that he is dead (we see an opaque outline of the dead man sit up from his body and climb up a ladder) and we hear that he committed suicide. A dead body is dropped on the floor when ambulance attendants try to get it onto a stretcher.
 A young man goes in and out of rooms in a house where people are sleeping and he is carrying a shotgun in his hand.
 A young man hears voices and noises and appears upset. People yell at a young man over the telephone. A young man talks (mumbles) to himself in many scenes. A young man talks about a magician catching bullets in his teeth as part of his act and during one performance the man dropped to the floor dead.
 A young man trips on furniture and falls on the floor. A young man tumbles down an incline (he does not appear to be injured).
 A young man urinates and we see the stream of urine, and a young man vomits (we see him bend over and hear him gag).


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LANGUAGE 6 - 18 F-words, 3 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks wine and several people smoke cigarettes in a couple of scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Rehab, suicide, the music industry, celebrity, success, depression, responsibility, the Mormons, sacrifice, love, friendship, temptations, death, desperation.

MESSAGE - Rock and roll and celebrity can be hard to survive. Success is relative.

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