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Mississippi Grind | 2015 | R | - 4.5.7

A man (Ben Mendelsohn) who's heavily in debt due to gambling losses, meets another man (Ryan Reynolds) and is convinced that he is his lucky charm. They travel across the country to participate in a high stakes poker game and face some personal revelations along the way. Also with Yvonne Landry, Anthony Howard, Jayson Warner Smith, Kerry Cahill, Sienna Miller, Jane McNeill and Alfre Woodard. Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man gets out of bed wearing jockey shorts (bare legs to the hip, abdomen and chest are seen) and as he leaves the room we see a woman in the bed (sex is implied) and we see her bare legs and lower back and it is not clear whether we are seeing a thong panty or something else between her legs as she rolls over.
 We see a nude man standing in the doorway and brushing his teeth (his bare shoulders, chest, abdomen and upper thighs are seen from the front and his bare back and buttocks are shown as he walks away; his genital area is hidden by a woman seated outside the doorway). A man is shown seated on a toilet and we see his bare thighs. Two men change their clothes and we see their bare backs, abdomens, shoulders and chests. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and her bare back. A woman wears a low-cut dress and a low-cut top that reveal cleavage in a couple of scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in a bar.
 A woman wearing a long robe that shows cleavage answers her door to a man and they talk, he goes through the door as she wraps her arms around his shoulders and they kiss. A man and a woman kiss. A man straddles a woman lying on a bed and they talk about traveling together until she makes a comment about needing to pack condoms if she needs to continue to work (as an escort). A man massages a woman's legs while she lies in a bed and he sits near her.
 Men and women dance in a bar. Men and women dance in a club. A man dances with a woman in a club and he places his hand on her hip. A man rests his head on a woman's lap in bed and she caresses his head and hair. A man and a woman sit close together on a piano bench and seem close to kissing, but do not.
 A woman identifies herself as an escort and we see her massaging a man's shoulders at a gambling table. A man tells another man that he had sex with a woman the night before. A man asks another man if he had sex with a woman the night before and he says no. Two men talk about relationships.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man pulls a knife on another man in a parking lot and then stabs him in the stomach before he runs away (we see a bloody wound on his abdomen several times and some times covered with a bloody bandage). A man in a restroom punches another man, then knees him in the head and body several times before another man runs in the room yelling (we do not see the aftermath). A man loses at a basketball game and then says that he doesn't have the money that he bet against the other man; the other man punches him hard in the face and he falls to the ground with a bloody nose; the man who punched him searches through the injured man's clothing to find the money he owes him.
 A man receives a threatening text message and the person who sent it is seen holding the man's cat. A man loses at a gambling table, and he cries and slaps himself in the face. A man roots through his ex-wife's sock drawer to find a roll of money and he plans to steal it until she catches him; she tells him to get out and shoves him causing a framed photo to fall to the floor and the glass shatters. A man kicks a wall in a restroom and slips and falls on the floor. We see that a man is missing his pinky toe and he says that someone bit it off in a bathroom fight. A man describes having run over his sister's foot with a lawn mower and cutting off three of her toes; then his grandfather cut off one of his toes as justice.
 A man asks to play a game of pool with another man and the other man becomes upset and tells him to leave the pool hall (he and his friend leave). We hear a man's voice talking about getting a parking ticket. A man talks about another man being on a "disassociated person's list" and that he was "banned from casinos for life." A man says that he is going to steal a bike. A woman complains about her teenage daughter. We hear that a man's wife left him and that he has a daughter that he has not seen or spoken to on a long time. A man yells at a horse during a race.
 A man sits on a toilet in his apartment with his pants down at his ankles. A man empties food out of a refrigerator and into a garbage bag, spilling a package of hotdogs on the floor. We see a few men using urinals in a restroom and a man presses his knee against the back of one man (presumably causing him to get urine on his pants).


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 22 F-words and its derivatives, 19 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for gays, name-calling (methhead, working class hound dogs, crazy, lunatic), 3 religious exclamations (Oh God, Oh My God, Jesus Lord).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man walks past two men on a street and asks if they are taking a meth break. A man drinks a beer in a casino, people seated at a gambling table order alcoholic drinks, two men drink a lot of bourbon at a bar and one man wakes up on a sofa the next morning, a man orders a drink at a dark bar and smoky, a woman carries a tray filled with beverages through a casino, two men drink in a pool hall, a man in a bar orders bourbons and he and another man drink them, two men drink glasses of wine, two women drink beers at a bar, and a man drinks bourbon in a bar. A woman smokes a cigarette outside a gambling establishment, a man says that he wants a cigarette, a woman smokes in an apartment, and a woman smoke a cigarette in a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gambling addictions, gambling debt, divorce, extroverts, insecurity, doubt, weakness, luck, dog racing, horse racing, knowing when to quit, life experience, being alone, relationships, jealousy, losing, heroism.

MESSAGE - Gambling addictions can be hard to break.

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