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Losing Isaiah | 1995 | R | - 2.3.5

Jessica Lange and Halle Berry star as two mothers -- one adoptive and one biological -- involved in a bitter tug-of-war over one little boy.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A couple of kisses. A woman is shown nursing her baby although just the top of her breast is seen. A man and woman are shown sleeping in bed covered with sheets: they seem to be naked.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman abandons her screaming baby in a garbage dumpster. Some description of child abuse. A baby is shown undergoing medical emergency procedures. We see the baby have a seizure. A couple of scenes of adults yelling at each other. A woman slaps a man and he punches and shoves her. A woman miscarries and we see blood smeared on her hallway wall and in and around the bathtub. A woman is arrested and the police push her to the ground; they are rather rough with her.


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LANGUAGE 5 - A couple of F-words, five scatological terms, and a handful of mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crack addiction, prison, adoption, racial issues, what makes a mother.

MESSAGE - Giving birth doesn't automatically make you a mother; children are color-blind when it comes to their families.

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