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Love & Friendship | 2016 | PG | - 2.1.1

Adaptation of Jane Austen's novella "Lady Susan": A widow (Kate Beckinsale) searches for a new husband while staying at the estate of her in-laws. Without any means to support herself, she uses sex-appeal and cunning to achieve her objectives. Also with Morfydd Clark, Tom Bennett, Jenn Murray, Lochlann O'Mearáin, Sophie Radermacher, Chloë Sevigny, Stephen Fry, Jordan Waller, Ross Mac Mahon, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Justin Edwards and Kelly Campbell. Directed by Whit Stillman. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman is describes as "A most accomplished flirt." A woman talks about keeping another woman and a man from marrying. A reference is made to sexuality and imprudence.
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. Women wear low-cut dresses with sheer fabric draped to conceal their cleavage. Two women wear dresses that reveal cleavage and exaggerate the buttock area with large bustles.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A woman becomes alarmed when she learns that her teenage daughter has run away from school. A man runs out of a house while yelling after a carriage that contains a woman (the carriage does not stop). A man and a woman talk about securing a child's future. A teenage girl appears agitated when a man arrives.
 A child spills a cup of tea on a woman's dress.
 A woman says to a man, "Be gone, I will have you whipped." A teenage girl is asked, "How will you live?" while being counseled by her mother about a man who loves her daughter. A teenage girl is referred to as, "A young girl without fortune." London is described as having, "Smoky air," and that there is a "spread of influenza." A remark is made about being "scalped." A woman tells another woman that she hopes that her husband's, "Next gouty attack end more favorably" (presumably in death).


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LANGUAGE 1 - Name-calling (horrid woman, deranged, opportunistic, vile, fiend, plebian), 1 religious exclamation (Thank Heaven For Our Religion).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking glasses of wine with a meal in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a spouse, relationships for money, jealousy, misfortune, wealth, titles, losing wealth, manipulation, Solomon, romantic courtship, The 10 Commandments, doubt, beauty, truth, male and female roles.

MESSAGE - People who are attractive can accomplish a lot by scheming and conniving.

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