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Phantom Thread | 2017 | R | - 3.3.6

A famous dress designer (Daniel Day-Lewis) in 1950s London creates dresses for the rich, the famous and the nobility. His ordered life is interrupted when he falls in love with a younger woman (Vicky Krieps) with whom he develops an unorthodox relationship. Also with Lesley Manville, Sue Clark, Joan Brown and Harriet Leitch. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. [2:10]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man takes a young woman by the hand and leads her to his room (sex is implied).
 A man and a woman kiss on the street. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A young woman kisses a man on the cheek. A husband and his wife hug on a dance floor.
 A young woman is shown wearing a full slip that reveals the outline of a garter belt and her nipples through the fabric; a man takes her measurements and pins a muslin pattern on her. A young woman wears a thin sweater that reveals the outline of her nipples through the fabric. Two young women wearing undergarments (types of corsets that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs) are measured and fitted for dresses. Several women dress another woman and we see her bare back as they fasten the back of the dress. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A young woman's full slip flips up as she is dressing and we see part of her garter belt under the skirt as well as her bare thighs. A woman wears an off-the-shoulder dress that reveals her bare back and shoulders. Several models change clothing during a fashion show (we see glimpses of corset-type bodices that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders). We see a woman's legs to the hip through sheer fabric. A man is shown dressing and we see his legs from the bottom of his boxer shorts.
 A young woman says, "I have given him every piece of me." A young woman talks about what a man desires (she does not offer specific details). A woman says of a young woman, "She's getting fat waiting for you to fall in love with her again." A man says that he would be deceitful if he were to married. A man tells a young woman, "You have no breasts," and she apologizes, to which the man replies, "It's my job to give you some if I choose." A young woman talks about her body and that she does not like it.
 A woman smells a young woman and lists what she can detect (her perfume and what they had for dinner). A man watches a young woman serving tables in a restaurant and he asks her to have dinner with him; she accepts. A man wipes the lipstick of a young woman he dines with using a napkin. A man holds a woman around the hips and then watches her walk in a new dress that he designed for her.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man appears to be sweating and is unstable on his feet until he collapses on a dress form and falls on the floor; he leaves the room and we hear retching coming from behind a door (we do not see vomit). A man eats a mushroom omelet and becomes ill.
 A man yells at a woman and tells her to take a dress off another woman or he will do it himself. A man and a woman argue and she storms out of the house; the man tells her "I don't need you." A man tells a doctor that he may not examine him and curses at him. A man is upset when he hears that a woman who had been a client of his had gone to another dress house.
 People appear intoxicated and stumble around on a dance floor knocking into other people (we don't see any injuries but people fall down).
 A man is dismissive of a young woman when she speaks to him and doesn't pay attention to her; he then tells her that he cannot take time for a confrontation. A woman says of a young woman, "She's getting fat waiting for you to fall in love with her again." A man talks about having memories of his mother and feeling like she is there with him. A man talks about the dead watching over the living. A man talks about sewing secrets into the lining of garments. A man says that he has a lock of his mother's hair stitched into the canvas of his coat. A man talks about superstition surrounding the making of wedding gowns. A young woman tells a man that her friend wants to be buried in a dress of his and the man tells another man, "You'd dig her up and sell the dress." A man tell a young woman, "There's too much movement" when she butters her toast and eats her breakfast and the man storms out when she will not stop. A man snaps at a woman for interrupting him. While a man pins a dress on a woman, she fidgets and says, "I'm still so ugly." A woman asks a man if he wants her to tell a young woman to leave. A woman tells a man, "Don't pick a fight with me, because I will go right through you and you'll be the one on the floor." A man who is ill says, "I'm scared." A man talks about breaking curse. A man says that his house is a dead house. A man says that there is quiet death in his house. A man says that a woman should be spanked in public. A young woman tells a man, "You are not going to die. You might wish you were going to die."
 There is an implication that a man might be Bipolar. A man imagines his dead mother standing in his room.
 A man tells a woman that he is going to be sick again and we hear retching and splattering in the other room. A man sits with a basin in his lap and presumably uses it to vomit in (we do not see it). A man is shown dressing and he trims his nose hair and ear hair.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 13 F-words, scatological terms, anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (stodgy, spooky, fat, my old so and so, stupid, rude, toddler, evil, shifty-eyed, black death, monstrously ugly, child, bully, idiot, carnivore, fussy, spoiled little baby), exclamations (what on Earth are you doing).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks from a glass of wine with meals in a few scenes, people drink champagne at a wedding reception, a woman pours a glass of champagne and she appears intoxicated (she collapses on her plate and is carried out of the event), and a young woman asks a man if he wants wine or champagne or a martini in a few scenes. A woman smokes a cigarette in her office, and a man smokes in a waiting area.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dress design, post-war London, love, family, missing one's mother, death of parents, marriage, confirmed bachelors, bad luck, surprises, mortality, poisonous mushrooms.

MESSAGE - The expectations and assumptions of others can cause heartache.

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