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Modern Persuasion | 2020 | NR | – 3.2.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Modern Persuasion” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, a lot of flirting, many cleavage revealing outfits, an accident that leads to a broken leg, a near choking, a pregnant woman’s water breaks, several arguments, a mildly sick cat, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A contemporary interpretation of the Jane Austen classic, set in New York: A successful marketing executive (Alicia Witt) is surprised when her firm’s new client is her former college boyfriend (Shane McRae), who’s now a successful entrepreneur. Having been persuaded to break up with him in order to focus on her career, meeting him again rekindles their romance. Also with Bebe Neuwirth, Daniella Pineda, Liza Lapira, Li Jun Li, Mark Moses, Dominic Rains, , Adrienne C. Moore and Chris O’Shea. Directed by Alex Appel & Jonathan Lisecki. [Running Time: 1:27]

Modern Persuasion SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man and a woman kiss and hug. A man is very flirtatious with a woman, he touches her hand, they pose for a photo and he twirls her around, dips her and kisses her; he kisses her on the cheek later.
 Two young women flirt incessantly with a man in several scenes. A man and a woman flirt at a party. A man and two women in cellphone videos dance and drink while at a club. People dance at a party. A woman stumbles and falls into a man’s arms.
 A woman refers to a man as being “mad flirtatious.” A woman says, “Maybe I need a side piece,” when another woman reminds her that she has a boyfriend, after she talks about another man. A woman talks about a man being a “20-something hottie.” A man asks if he is being “objectified.” A man says that he prefers his women, “Young and mute.” A man is shown with lipstick on his collar and a woman asks what he and another woman have been doing. A comment is made about someone being “Too busy getting busy.” A woman tells another woman that she might need to get a restraining order on a man and the second woman says that she would restrain him with fur handcuffs. A man says that a woman told him that she put him in the friend zone. A woman says of a man, “I think he’s gay.”
 Two women wear bikinis that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, legs backs and partial buttocks. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses in many scenes throughout the movie that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a top that reveals her bare shoulders. A woman wears a low-cut robe that reveals cleavage and part of her leg to the knees in a couple of scenes. A woman wears a tight-fitting short dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs for a dinner party.


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Modern Persuasion VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 – A woman stands on rocks near an ocean and undresses to go swimming at night and she loses her footing and falls; a man carries her unconscious to a house and we see people at a hospital waiting room where we hear that she broke her leg and hit her head on the rocks (we see the woman on crutches and with a cast later).
 A very pregnant woman chokes on food and another woman does a Heimlich maneuver to help her dislodge the food (she spits a chunk of something out). A man tells a woman that a man’s fiancée had cancer and that she left him after her treatment. A woman drops papers on a floor and climbs under a desk to retrieve them; she hits her head when she stands back up.
 A woman yells at another woman and accuses her of not allowing her to make her own decisions. A man says that if he has to ride a subway, he might jump from a bridge that it crosses. A woman is shown to be very pregnant and she is teased about eating all the time. A man says that someone is hard to look at. An African-American woman working as a receptionist asks for the name of a company and she is told it is KKL; she recoils at using it and the woman telling her says that she can use the full name that includes the name Lynch and she is alarmed again. A woman talks about being so bloated and says that she could star in the sequel to “Precious,” and another woman seems alarmed and annoyed by her comment. A woman says that she can see the look of romantic despair in another woman’s face. People talk about recovering from heartbreak. A woman calls a veterinarian for her cat that she says doesn’t feel well. A woman says, “I speak old people now.”
 A woman’s water breaks and we see fluid splatter to the floor. A woman hyperventilates after a meeting and seems to be having a panic attack. A woman sneezes and blows her nose (we do not see mucus).


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Modern Persuasion LANGUAGE 3

 – 5 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms (1 mild), 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (slum, baller, alienating, dilettantes, bridge troll, ugly person, trooper, jerk, tepid, hot [mild obscenity deleted], riffraff, mediocrity, stubborn, twerp, monster, protective, rich girl, socialist, I’m Jaws, gross, garbage, weird behavior, unreliable dreamer, hood ornament, mad swag, odd couple, pompous, stubborn streak, mythical college girlfriend, emo-dorable, abysmal, mad awkward, flirtatious, bland geek, shady), exclamations (be quiet, shoot, good riddance), 2 religious exclamations (Oh My God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Modern Persuasion SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink and dance at a club, people drink champagne in an office setting, two women drink wine at a bar, people drink in a few party scenes, and a man drinks a glass of whiskey.


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Modern Persuasion DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Professional women, success, relationships, heartbreak, same-sex marriage, inter-office relationships, self-made women, life choices, illness, ADHD, hope, disappointment.

Modern Persuasion MESSAGE

 – Make your own choices; when love comes along don’t let it go, and do not be persuaded by others to do something you don’t want to do.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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