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Playing by Heart | 1998 | R | - 4.3.7

Seemingly unrelated people work their ways through various stages of love and life. Starring Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Anthony Edwards, Angelina Jolie, Jay Mohr, Ryan Phillippe, Gena Rowlands, Jon Stewart, Madeleine Stowe and Dennis Quaid.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Sexual innuendo and passionate kissing. We see a naked man and woman in bed (their bare backs and legs are visible), another naked but covered couple (we briefly see her bare back) kissing and talking in bed, and a half-clothed man and woman moving and kissing each other. We see some scantily clad women.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - In several scenes, we see a dying man with scabs and sores on his face. A bookshelf falls on a woman, but she's not injured. A man tells a story about killing his wife and child in a car accident. We briefly see a close-up of a cat with a missing eye.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 18 F-words, one anatomical reference, many scatological references and several mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Falling in love, marriage, infidelity, family relationships, terminal illnesses (including AIDS), death.

MESSAGE - Every relationship has its problems and challenges, but that shouldn't stop two people from trying to make one work.

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