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Pi | 1998 | R | - 1.4.6

A pill-popping, mentally-disturbed mathematical genius (Sean Gullette) tries to uncover a 216-digit number that seems to be the basis of everything in the universe. Also with Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Samia Shoaib, Pamela Hart, Stephen Pearlman, Tom Tumminello, Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao, Joanne Gordon and Clint Mansell.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Twice, we hear -- but don't see -- a couple having sex.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man drills into the side of his skull and we see something splatter on a mirror, but he is alive and well in the next scene. A man sees another man with blood audibly dripping from his hands into a large puddle on the floor; the man then follows the drops of blood until he finds a bloody, pulsing brain on the ground. He pokes the brain several times with a pen (we hear squishy noises followed by loud screeches) then looks up to see a subway train heading straight for him (but he's not hit by it). A man finds a bloody, pulsing brain in his sink and repeatedly hits it. A man punches himself in the head; he also bangs his head against a mirror (it eventually shatters), finds an odd-looking growth on his head and then shoots medicine into the growth. Several times we see a man with a bloody nose; we also see him inject something into his arm a few times. One instance of threatening with guns, a few punches and one slap.


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LANGUAGE 6 - 10-15 F-words (many are muffled and very difficult to make out), several scatological references and many mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental illness, drug addiction, mathematics, a meaningful universe.

MESSAGE - Numbers may be able to explain everything in the universe, but they can't teach us how to live a meaningful life.

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