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Music of the Heart | 1999 | PG | - 2.2.3

Meryl Streep stars in this true account of a divorced mother who moves to Harlem and teaches school children how to play the violin. Also with Aidan Quinn, Angela Bassett, Cloris Leachman, Jane Leeves, Gloria Estefan, Josh Pais, Jay O. Sanders, Charlie Hofheimer, Kieran Culkin, Michael Angarano, Henry Dinhofer and Jean-Luke Figueroa. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Mild sexual innuendo and a few kisses. A man nuzzles a woman's neck as he stands behind her and then kisses her; it's implied that they have intercourse, but we only see her bare shoulders and sheet-covered body as she wakes up in bed the next morning (he is not seen in bed with her). A woman wears a cleavage-revealing dress.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman throws something through a window during an argument. Two boys briefly scuffle (one tries to choke the other) and one gets a slightly bloody nose. A boy hits another in the head playfully and a woman shoves a boy somewhat playfully. A boy pushes another's music stand down and the two yell at each other. We see a knife that a woman supposedly found a young boy carrying. We learn that a young boy was killed in a drive-by shooting. Some yelling.


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LANGUAGE 3 - A scatological reference, some mild obscenities, an insult and a few instances of name-calling.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, infidelity, abandonment, violin music, racial tension, inner-city schools, determination.

MESSAGE - You can succeed if you believe you can and if you make your voice heard.

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