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The Longest Ride | 2015 | PG-13 | - 5.4.3

An injured professional bull rider (Scott Eastwood) meets a college art major (Britt Robertson) who is about to move to New York City. During their own conflict-filled relationship, the couple meets an aging art collector (Alan Alda), who teaches them about love, as well as fine arts. Also with Oona Chaplin and Jack Huston. Directed by George Tillman, Jr. [2:19]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman removes her blouse and tight jeans and a man in the kitchen approaches her (we see her thighs, bare abdomen, cleavage and shoulders); the camera cuts to a close-up behind her and we see her bare back and the top of her buttocks as we see his bare chest and the top of his briefs and we see the couple in a dimly lit shower, where they kiss (we see side-views of buttocks) and he backs her into a corner as they appear to be having sex, although thrusting is minimal as the scene ends. In a clothing store during WWII, a man and a woman kiss and walk into the dimly lit back where he lifts her onto a table and we see one of her bare thighs; she lies back and we see some cleavage and the edge of her bra lace as the scene ends (sex implied).
 In a short scene, a man and a woman run toward a bedroom, removing their clothing and sex is implied as the action ends. A man and a woman run on a dock and jump into a lake; she removes a dress to reveals a bikini and he removes shorts and jeans to reveal briefs in profile for a few seconds and they kiss passionately in the water. A man's bare back and buttocks are shown as he puts on a shirt while a woman wearing a long shirt that bares her legs to the thighs sits on a bed and he kisses her goodbye. A man and a woman lie side by side in bed and we see his full bare chest and her shoulders and one arm. A woman at an gallery wears a long deep-cut gown that reveals significant cleavage. College and rodeo fan women wear short shorts, short skirts and short dresses that reveal bare legs to mid-thigh or upper thigh in several scenes and some women wear skin-tight leather or jeans pants with tops that have open necklines that reveal moderate cleavage.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately in the office of an auction house where several interruptions from a worker do not stop them; the worker chuckles. In several scenes, a man and a woman kiss briefly on a dance floor, on a beach, on the sidewalk and in a pickup truck. A wife jumps into her husband's arms and kisses him in a few scenes.
 A cowboy picks up a sorority woman at her dorm and the other women in the dorm stare and smile at him; as the couple leaves for a date, the women shout, "Oh my God! I want a cowboy!" and run to watch them out the windows. A woman says that the hottest guys anywhere are bull riders. A husband tells his new bride that for a honeymoon, he prefers to just stay in bed; she laughs and kisses him. A woman tells a man that sorority girls wear no underwear and then says she is joking. A man tells a woman that she is beautiful and she smiles. A woman tells her fiancé that she wants a large family.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A YouTube video shows a man being thrown from a bull and landing on the top of his head, bending his neck; the bull charges the downed man and tramples him and we see three bleeding cuts on his face as he lies face down. In a flashback, we see an old man turn off an alarm and attempt to wake his wife; she is dead and he cries.
 Scenes of bull riding events contain roaring crowds of spectators and close-ups of cowboys grunting and grimacing as large bulls, some with broken horns toss them up and down as the bulls buck; the cowboys sweat, the bulls fling long streams of saliva across the camera, kick up dust and sawdust and a few bulls roar and knock their riders into the sides of metal chutes before competition; one bull bucks his rider off as soon as the man begins to mount him in the chute (unharmed but scratched from competition). A bull chases a man into the spectator area of a ring; he is unhurt.
 A slow motion 8-second ride on a bull known to be "mean" shows the animal bucking, turning, jumping and coming close to a wall as saliva flows thick and wide from the animal; a quick flashback shows a rider face down on the ground with deep bleeding scratches on his face while back in slow motion we see the rider finish the 8 seconds, jumping down safely to his feet as the bull runs back to the chute.
 During a WWII night battle, a soldier saves a GI stranded on the field amid bursting bombs, fires and loud gun shots as we hear men screaming in fear and pain, but we cannot see them; the first man carries the second man, suffers a shot in the side, falls, stands up again and carries the other man to safety (the first man has a ripped left arm and left thigh, both bleeding and the second man has a wound in the abdomen which also bleeds); we see the wounded man in a WWII hospital cot where he hears a doctor tell him, "I'm sorry" and we later understand that he is not able to conceive children. We hear that a cowboy suffered a head injury in a previous bull ride and after a more recent fall in the bullring, against a wall, the man rises, takes a few steps then collapses; we see the man in a hospital bed where a doctor tells him and his girlfriend that he will die if he continues to ride bulls (he does not look injured) and the man refutes this while arguing with his girlfriend and she breaks up with him, crying.
 A man and a woman driving on a road see a missing guardrail and when they stop they find a wrecked car on an embankment below, with two small fires under the hood and plumes of smoke rising; the elderly driver has a cut on his forehead and the top of his skull as he stares blankly; he asks for a box to be brought from the front seat as the first man and woman pull him from the wreck, we see the injured man on a gurney in the hospital and we see him later in a hospital bed with a bandage around and over his head and an IV in his arm.
 We hear that a poor child became a professor, but died rather young of an aneurysm. A woman receives a phone call notifying her of the death of a friend and she cries. A wife argues with her husband about adoption, crying several times. A woman and a man argue in several flashbacks about his WWII military action, about getting married and about having children. A man and his fiancé argue several times about his career as a professional bull rider. A man argues with his mother about his continuing career and we hear that his father died recently of a heart attack. A man says that he suffered a gunshot wound in WWII and had a high fever and infection for two weeks; we see his Purple Heart in a basket of keepsakes. A man tells a nurse in a hospital that he is old, had a heart attack, a hip replacement and two knee surgeries and asks her how much better can he get on bad hospital food; the nurse tells a female visitor that she would like to strangle him.
 An abusive, dirty man and a woman in a small house do not provide enough food, clothing, or sleeping area to their young nephew, who looks sickly and cannot stay awake in school; a teacher feeds him and tutors him several times, but the parents tell her to stay away and she cries and later argues with her husband about reporting the couple and gaining custody of the child, cries several times, and leaves her husband for a few days, but returns.
 During the opening announcements of bull rides, a row of fire springs across a sawdust ring for a few minutes.

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LANGUAGE 3 - 3 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, ridiculous, bumpkin, country pumpkin), stereotypical references to men, women, sorority girls, artists, soldiers, cowboys, rodeo fans, immigrants, Jews, Poles, 1 religious profanity (GD), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Godsend, Jesus, a Jewish Sabbath prayer).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man in a hospital bed wears an oxygen nose tube and an IV in his arm (we see a spot of blood) with a sling on his arm and a bandage covers his head, a man spills pain medications onto the seat of his pickup truck but does not swallow any, and a man swallows two tablets of unknown medications in a couple of scenes. Several crowd scenes at bull riding events show men and women drinking from beer cups and beer bottles, men and women dance and drink from bottles at a bar, some men drink short glasses of whiskey and some women drink wine at a bar, men and women drink cups and bottles of beer and glasses of wine at a bar/pool hall, men and women drink champagne as well as cocktails and wine at a hotel dance and a gallery party while glasses of wine are shown on a table and servers carry trays of small glasses of unknown liquors, a man and a woman drink wine at a family dinner, four people toast an engagement with champagne in their home, a bottle of vodka is shown on a sideboard in the background of a dining room, and a man alone at home drinks a short glass of whiskey.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Secrets, honesty, relationships, love, marriage, conflict, compromise, priorities, modern art in America, war, injuries, dangers of bull riding/extreme sports.
MESSAGE - Enduring love includes necessary sacrifices.
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