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Proof | 2005 | PG-13 | - 5.1.5

Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a woman haunted by the idea that she may suffer from the same mental illness as her recently deceased father (Anthony Hopkins). Her father was a brilliant mathematician, who had done his most important work by the age of 27. She is now turning 27 and feels the pressure to follow in his footsteps but is hamstrung by the people around her who believe that she may be slipping into mental illness. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn. Also with Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis and Gary Houston. Directed by John Madden. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss, they lie back on a bed, they take their shirts off (we see his bare back and shoulders, and her bare shoulders and bra), they continue to kiss and we see him moving rhythmically on top of her and they both moan.
 A woman wears a short top that reveals her bare abdomen and lower back, and a woman's top is short and reveals her bare abdomen.
 A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes, men and women dance at a party, and a woman asks another woman if she is sleeping with a man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A woman yells at a man and grabs a backpack away from him, dumping the contents on the floor. A man runs after a car as it drives away and throws a book inside, through the car window.
 A woman yells at another woman, a woman yells at a man, and a man yells at a woman. Two women argue in a few scenes.
 We see people mourning at a funeral. A woman imagines talking to her father, who recently died of an aneurism.
 A woman talks about having "lost days" during periods of depression. A man works while sitting on a porch in 30-degree weather.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 2 F-words, 3 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 5 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations, name-calling (nerds, geeks, paste eaters, wonk, Dilbert, crazy), references to a psychiatric facility as a "nuthouse."


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks champagne from a bottle, people drink alcohol at a party, and people smoke and drink at a party.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Being a genius, fear of mental illness, pressure to succeed, parental pressure and influence, priorities, pride, mental illness, friendship, irrational behavior, trust, betrayal, plagiarism, mathematics, laziness, depression, lucidity, paranoia, compulsive behavior.

MESSAGE - Brilliance and mental illness may be the two sides of the same coin.

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