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Philadelphia | 1994 | PG-13 | - 2.1.1

A promising young attorney (Tom Hanks) is fired by his law firm when they discover he has AIDS. Denzel Washington plays the attorney who represents him in his discrimination lawsuit against the firm.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A locker room scene where men's naked backsides are shown briefly. A gay man tries to pick up Washington in a drugstore, although nothing explicit is said or done. There are a few disparaging references to homosexuals, and sex acts are obliquely referred to. Hanks and his male lover kiss once and they dance together closely.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - Washington grabs a man by his shirt and threatens him. AIDS induced lesions are shown a few times, and Hanks' slow decline is rather graphic.


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LANGUAGE 1 - A few mild profanities and a few sexual innuendoes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Homosexuality, discrimination, AIDS.

MESSAGE - Fight for your rights; AIDS is just another disease; alternative lifestyles should be accepted.

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