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Off the Map | 2005 | PG-13 | - 5.4.3

A family living in New Mexico in 1974 survive on what they grow on their land, the crafts they make and sell, and their wits. The father (Sam Elliott) is suffering from a deep depression, while the mother (Joan Allen) and 11-year-old daughter (Valentina de Angelis) go about their lives, waiting for him to snap out of it. One day they are informed that they are going to be audited by the IRS and when the agent arrives he has to stay for a while, recovering from bee stings. Slowly, they all begin to influence him, and he soon discovers his inner artist. Also with Amy Brenneman and J.K. Simmons. Directed by Campbell Scott. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman stands fully nude (we see bare breasts, buttocks, hips, back and legs) in a garden while watching a coyote, and a man watches her. We see several sketches of a nude woman with detailed bare breasts and pubic region in a few scenes. A nude man walks into a room where his wife, daughter and another man are talking (we see the man's bare back, chest and part of his bare buttocks). A woman wears a tank top that reveals bare shoulders and cleavage. A man wears a shirt and jockey shorts.
 A man caresses his wife's bare foot and knee, kisses her knee and thigh and they kiss. A woman kisses her husband, a husband and wife kiss, and a woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 A girl makes a remark about a man being "light in the loafers." A man professes his love for a woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We see a dead coyote with 4 arrows sticking out of his side (there is blood on the wounds) and a woman weeps. We hear a gun shot, then see a man with blood on his hands, and the body of a dead bear in the distance; a woman cleans blood off of a knife and she talks about going to "skin the bear." A girl with a bow and arrow shoots squirrels (we see their limp bodies as she strings them onto her belt, and blood on the arrow).
 A man lies dead in the desert (the cause of death is unknown). A woman and a girl say a Hopi Indian prayer over a dead coyote's remains (the coyote's head is resting on the girl's lap). A man is stung by several bees, we see large welts develop in his arm, he feels faint and falls unconscious. A man throws beer in a man's face twice and they wrestle, and one pushes the other to the floor and holds him down.
 A man says he feels like strangling something (the effects of an anti-depression medication). A man cries out in a delirium (we see him with a fever). A man suffering from severe depression lumbers through a house sobbing and being incommunicative, throughout most of the movie. A woman panics when her husband is not in bed and she cannot find him in the house. A man sobs grieving over his mother. People talk about a man having been shot.
 A man talks about having found his mother dead (she hung herself) when he was 6 years-old (he talks about this event in several scenes). A girl talks about writing to a company to complain about finding "bug larvae" and "rodent parts" (limbs and internal organs) in food. Chickens in a coop defecate on each other (we see goo). A man locks himself in an outhouse.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 2 scatological terms, 7 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Depression, chemical treatment for depression, psychiatry, IRS audits, debt, living off the grid, killing for food, pivotal moments in our lives, animal spirits.

MESSAGE - Events in our lives are random and easily influenced by other lives.

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