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The Libertine | 2004 | R | - 9.4.6

Johnny Depp stars as John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, a 17th century English poet who was devoted to drinking and sexual debauchery. He was also a constant menace to the brother of King Charles II, and was repeatedly banished to the countryside. Also with John Malkovich, Samantha Morton, Rosamund Pike and Tom Hollander. Directed by Laurence Dunmore. [2:10]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A man walks through a park where we see many people (some nude revealing bare breasts and buttocks) having sex: we see orgies, we see women have sex with women, and we see men thrusting.
 We see drawings of people having sex (we see bare breasts, buttocks, male and female genitals, and we see a dog having sex with a human).
 A woman offers her bare breast (it is visible to us also) to a man and says, "Take a nibble," and he declines. A man looks at a nude woman (we see her bare breasts and buttocks).
 A husband lifts the skirts of his wife's dress as they ride in a horse-drawn carriage, he puts his hand between her legs (we see her bare thighs and stocking tops), she whimpers and moans briefly, and then he removes his hand, touches her mouth and licks his fingers.
 A man and a woman kiss, she lies back and unfastens his pants, he then thrusts, and they kiss. A woman performs oral sex on a man and we see his face as he lies back.
 A scene in a play shows women gesturing with phalluses, moaning, thrusting and collapsing on the stage after climaxing. A scene in a play shows a man riding a large phallus around a stage and women wearing sheer dresses (bare breasts and pubic regions are visible in a couple of shots) and carrying and serenading phalluses (the audience members are each given a phallus as well).
 A man kisses a woman deeply twice, and then slides his hand across her bare cleavage as he walks away from her, and she swoons. A man and a woman kiss tenderly, and he caresses her face. A man kisses a woman's bare cleavage, and a man kisses a woman's bare shoulder.
 Women wear low-cut dresses (period costumes) that reveal varying degrees of cleavage throughout the film. A man pulls down his pants and reveals his bare buttocks (visible to us also) toward a woman. A man is bare-chested while sitting in a bathtub.
 A man describes a scene from a play where nude men and women dance and touch and kiss each other's genitals. A man recites a poem that we are told paints the picture of a man's mistress trying to arouse him.
 A woman talks of having a man's child. A man applies makeup to another man's face and appears to be flirting with him. There are references to sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young man is hit on the head and then stabbed through the chest (we hear a crunch, and we see blood on his head and on his shirt); he pleads for help, but he is left on the street to die.
 A man beats a man with a walking stick, accuses him of stealing and another man threatens the accused man with a sword. A man punches a man in the face and gives him a bloody nose. A man slaps a man in the face.
 A man's health deteriorates and we see him walking with canes, his face is badly mottled and he wears a metal cover over his nose (presumably his nose has begun to fall off). A man's face is scarred and scabbed from a disease and we see his eye becoming discolored. A man winces several times when he has pain in his stomach.
 A man slams a chair onto a table breaking the chair. People in a theater audience throw things at an actress on stage. A man grabs another man by the coat and yells at him. A man and a woman yell at each other.
 A woman empties a bottle of wine onto the floor to keep a man from drinking any more but the man licks some of it up. A man spits at a man. A man involuntarily urinates in his pants and onto the floor beneath him, a man urinates on his boots and a man urinates in a jar. A dog defecates on the floor. A horse drawn carriage becomes stuck in mud.
 A man talks of putting another man's head on a spike. A man tells a young man that he will die in his company. A man writes of being very ill.


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LANGUAGE 6 - 13 F-words, 26 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 20 anatomical terms (a man's last name is "Allcock" and it is pronounced clearly and with sarcasm in several scenes), 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks wine in many scenes, men drink wine, many people drink alcohol in many scenes throughout the movie. A man licks wine off a floor, a man appears to be in a stupor in a few scenes after drinking alcohol, and there are references to binge drinking. A man smokes a pipe.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Royalty, casual sex, debauchery, virginity, love, alcoholism, monarchy, regret, children out of wedlock, exile, abduction, truth, poetry, cowardice, theater, reason, plagues, infidelity, honesty, atheism, love, betrayal, envy, civil war, excess, nobility, bestiality, sexually transmitted diseases (syphilis), passion, humiliation, cynicism, suspicion, taking love for granted, resentment.

MESSAGE - Life experiences are carried out at ones' own expense; there are consequences.

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