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Moon | 2009 | R | - 5.7.8

An astronaut (Sam Rockwell) is stationed on the moon fulfilling a three-year contract to operate a corporate-owned lunar mining station. Accompanied only by a robotic assistant (voiced by Kevin Spacey), he battles the effects of loneliness and isolation. What he doesn't anticipate is the disturbing discovery of who his replacement actually is, and that his home on Earth is farther away than he ever imagined. Also with Dominique McElligott. Directed by Duncan Jones. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man dreams he is in bed embracing and kissing his wife passionately (his chest is seen from the side and the woman's bare waist, panties and thigh are seen from the side); from underneath the covers the camera pans past the couple's feet to reveal an astronaut also under the covers reaching his arm towards the couple (implying a yearning for closeness and not necessarily sexual).
 A man dreams that he is kissing his wife passionately, she takes off her top revealing her bra, he presses his face into her cleavage, and pulls off his shirt revealing his bare chest and back (it is implied that they have sex but nothing else is shown).
 A man takes a shower revealing his nude body from behind (his bare buttocks, back and legs are shown). A man wears a loosely tied robe revealing his bare legs, part of his boxers and later his bare chest. A man wears form-fitting long underwear, which hugs his buttocks and groin area as he climbs on a ladder and later accentuates his buttocks when he is lying on his side. A man wears a hospital gown and lies on a table.
 A husband and a wife give each other an affectionate kiss (he is bare-chested, and she is wearing a tank top.
 A man tells a robot it needs to "get laid." A man jokes that his child "might be the milkman's kid." Lingerie and panties are mentioned during a fight scene between two men. There are a couple of references to menstrual cycles. A man tells another man to zip up his fly.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is shown on his knees, hunched over a metal toilet, throwing up violently; he holds his stomach, we hear retching and moaning sounds, we see that the vomit is blood, and it gets on his face and chest and in the toilet; the man puts his fingers into his mouth and feels around, he puts his hand into the toilet and fishes around in the pool of blood/vomit, he pulls something out of the toilet and we see that it is a molar with root attached. A man has blood and goo under his nose, a scrape by his eye, and blood smeared near his eyes, on his face, arm, hand and soaked into his shirt (he does not change clothes or clean up throughout many scenes, and we see the blood fresh as well as dried). After a fight, a man has blood smeared on his face and hands and we see a shallow puddle of blood smeared on the floor (a man comments that "that's a lot of blood"). A man washes blood from his face over a metal sink, and we see blood left behind on the sink and a mirror. An astronaut, wearing a helmet, vomits, we see the vomit project out of his mouth, splash against the inside of his clear helmet visor and also splash back on his face and mouth (the vomit is red and could be either blood or red space food or both) and we see the vomit drip down the inside of his clear helmet visor. A man wipes and blows his nose into a tissue (we see blood on the tissue). We see a man's blood-tinged teeth when he smiles. A man spits a few times and we see the saliva and we see spittle on a man's lip. A man appears to be seriously ill (coughing, fever, spitting up blood), doubles over, retching, and wincing, his face sweats profusely and the sweat appears to be tinged with blood and dirt.
 A man driving a moon rover crashes, he cries out in pain and we see blood dripping from a small gash near his eye; he loses consciousness as the windshield of the rover starts to become covered with moon rocks and debris, giving the feeling of being buried alive (although this doesn't actually happen).
 During a fight scene one man pushes another man against a wall, one man grabs the other man's hair and yanks his head back, and one man grabs the other man by the neck in a choke hold (the man gasps for air). A man grabs another man's wrist.
 A man accidentally scalds his hand with boiling water; he winces and cries out in pain (we see the skin turn red) and later a large bandage covers the burned area. A man slams his elbow several times against a seat and cries after finding out that his wife died. A man cuts his thumb with an Exacto knife (we do not see blood).
 A man vigorously punches a speed bag as he's working out and later, the man gives the speed bag one hard punch in fear and frustration. A man sits in a chair and repeatedly stabs the arm of the chair with scissors. A man punches a wall.
 A man appears to be passed out and near death, we hear him breathe and see his closed eyes flutter, his fingers and hands twitch, and two men find him and comment that they need to "bag him up."
 A room contains motionless bodies stored in separate drawers similar to a morgue; a drawer is opened revealing a man's clothed body. An astronaut carries a limp-bodied astronaut in his arms, trips on a step, and drops him on the ground, partially falling on top of him. An astronaut discovers another astronaut who is unconscious and has a small amount of blood smeared on his helmet.
 A man is told he has suffered minor brain damage, which includes memory loss. A man is told he has suffered a concussion. A man on a table in a hospital gown awakens and is told he is in the infirmary and has had an accident; his legs are weak and almost give out when he tries to get off the table and walk. A man asks another man, who is holding an Exacto knife, if he is going to stab him. A man says another man scares him, and that he "flies off the handle." A reference is made to a man's temper, as well as a wife leaving a husband due to his temper. A man fears that he and another man are in danger of being killed. A man is told that he's not going to kill anybody (referring to the fact that he's in a weakened state). A man asks what he will do in a rocket-propelled capsule if he should have to defecate and he is told he will need to hold it in for three days. A man says he's losing his mind. A man tells another man that he's lost his marbles. A man says that his tummy is tender. A man is told he has had "memory implants." We hear that a teen girl's mother died when she was younger. A robot has a hand-written "kick me" sign affixed to it.
 A man flips a large wooden platform containing another man's work onto the floor. A man throws an opened plastic pack of indistinguishable red space food (the food splats and smears on the counter). A man hallucinates, seeing a person who is not there. A man limps throughout many scenes. A man accidentally hits his arm on a piece of equipment.
 A large space vehicle crashes into a building with a tall antenna on top of it, causing the antenna to fall to the ground with a loud crash. We hear a loud, thunderous sound as a huge space vehicle hovers and prepares to land on the moon.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 35 F-words, 6 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (dorky, radioactive tampon, banana with a yeast infection, little girl, wacko, dumbo, illegal aliens), 5 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - "What are you smoking?" is asked (referring to a man apparently not dealing with reality), a man tells another man to take a pill (not literally, but as a way to try get the man to calm down), and a man tells another man to take some tranquilizers and a man says, "Let's get a drink."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Renewable energy, the moon, homesickness, science fiction, corporate short cuts and greed, isolation, loneliness, hallucinations, marriage, anger management, death of a spouse and mother, robotics, cloning, cryogenics, new energy sources for the earth, space stations, the future, knowing yourself.

MESSAGE - Human beings should not live in isolation.

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