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Listen Up Philip | 2014 | NR | - 3.3.7

A writer (Jason Schwartzman), miserable and angry on the eve of the publication of his second book, is befriended by a seasoned and successful writer and together they explore their insecurities and unhappiness with life. Also with Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Jonathan Pryce and Jess Weixler. Directed by Alex Ross Perry. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman wears a low-cut, clingy tank top that reveals cleavage and her nipples are visible through the fabric. A woman wears a sheer tank top that reveals a dark colored bra underneath. A man takes off his pants and we see his bare thighs and the crotch of his jockey shorts. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut shirt and a short skirt that reveals cleavage and legs to the thighs. A man is shown wearing a shirt with no pants (we see a portion of his underwear and his thighs.
 A man is shown in a bar with a woman and she kisses him; he tells her that it is gauche to grope and kiss in public. A man and woman kiss. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A man and a woman kiss in a bar; they leave together, he kisses her neck and cheek and she pushes him away and leaves. A woman takes off a shoe while sitting on a bed, and then argues with a man in the room with her, puts the shoe back on and hits the man with a pillow as she leaves angrily.
 A man calls a younger man and invites him to his home where he is entertaining two women and seems to be suggesting that the younger man should seduce one of the women (he does not). Men and women (two women are shown wearing low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage) are shown dancing and two of the women leave with two of the men and go to the home of one of the men where they drink alcohol and dance some more before the women leave.
 A man describes feeling uncontrollable lust for his live-in girlfriend (we do not see sex occur). A woman tells a man that it is "Hot" that he yelled at an ex-girlfriend and a college roommate. A woman tells a man that her father used to bring women to their country home so that he could cheat on her mother. A man mentions his sexual exploits to a younger man in a few scenes (with no specific details). A man tells an older man, "Women were looser back then," after the older man talks about his sexual exploits.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man tells another man to punch him in the stomach and he does a few times (not very hard); the first man presumably punches the other man harder in the stomach (we do not see this).
 A man and a woman argue in a diner; he yells at and berates her for most of the time and tells her, "You tried to stray me from my path." A man yells at another man and demeans him for failing at his goals; the other man yells back and leaves. A man and a woman argue in a few scenes. A man and his adult daughter argue in a few scenes and he tells her that he is not sure that he can have her living with him anymore. A woman tells a man, "Go away and stop hurting me." A man argues with his agent about conducting a book tour and refuses to do so. A woman tells her father, "I hate you" in front of guests at his house; he becomes angry, tells two women to leave his house and yells (the women leave). A woman takes off a shoe while sitting on a bed, then argues with a man in the room with her, puts the shoe back on and hits the man with a pillow as she leaves angrily.
 Voiceovers describe a man's anger and rage about small things and human interaction: we hear that he is enraged by slow foot traffic, that his ex-girlfriend broke up with him because of his poor temper, that he is unable to feel happiness, that he is crippled with anxiety, and that he felt the city was rejecting him. A man tells a woman that his parents died in a car crash and that his mother was 7 months pregnant.
 A newspaper headline reads that a young writer committed suicide. A woman goes into a bedroom and says, "A lot of fights happened in this room." A woman goes to an animal shelter where many dogs bark loudly and jump against their cages; a man tells her that it is a "no kill shelter." A woman tells another woman, "I feel sick."
 A woman paints her fingers and hand with nail polish (she seems to be losing control). A man tears a page from a book, crumples it up and throws it on a street.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 23 F-words, 5 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (unkind, Jew in a derogatory phrase, insufferable, arrogant, weird groupie, cliché, silly, worthless garbage, lazy, stupid, lackadaisical, disorganized, sick, you're the worst, monster, ugly, baby, snake, sarcastic, selfish, unsentimental, pitiful, brat, lonely, cruel, miserable, sad, pathetic, academia nuts, snob, old man), 2 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus, God Almighty, Jesus Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men are shown in a bar with glasses of beer in front of them, a man opens a bottle of champagne and he and a woman drink from poured glasses, people in a bar are shown drinking alcohol, two men drink shots of alcohol, two men drink alcohol in several scenes, three men drink alcohol in a couple of scenes, a man drinks a beer, a man drinks alcohol at a party, a woman drinks wine in a few scenes, men and women drink in a bar scene, a man and a woman drink wine with dinner in a few scenes, a man and a woman drink wine with dinner, a man and a woman drink at a restaurant, two women drink a clear liquor, a man pours another man a glass of whiskey and calls it "one for the road," a man drinks a snifter of brandy, and a man and a woman are shown in a liquor store and we do not see them buy anything. Two men smoke cigars in a couple of scenes, a man and a woman smoke cigarettes outside a college building.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Anger, success, arrogance, self-destructive behavior, love, honesty, ambivalence, conceit, jealousy, authors, isolation, depression, choices, loyalty, self-pity, sabotaged relationships, suicide, regrets, shame, humiliation, true love.

MESSAGE - Some people are just plain miserable. People cannot change.

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