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Puzzle | 2018 | R | - 5.2.5

A woman's (Kelly Macdonald) life changes drastically after discovering her talent for building jigsaw puzzles and finds a kindred spirit (Irrfan Khan) who shares her new found interest. Also with David Denman, Austin Abrams and Bubba Weiler. Directed by Marc Turtletaub. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A painting of a nude woman is depicted on a jigsaw puzzle and we see her bare shoulders, breasts, abdomen, hairless genitals and legs. A man wears a robe partially open and a married woman visiting him seems unnerved by being able to see his bare chest and upper abdomen. A man removes his clothes for bed and we see him wearing boxers (his bare chest, abdomen and shoulders are seen) as he climbs into bed with his wife.
 In a brief scene a married woman and a man who is not her husband kiss passionately and moan; we see them in bed later (the man is shirtless and we see his bare shoulders and upper chest and the woman is covered to the shoulders by a blanket). A married woman kisses a man who is not her husband. A man asks a married woman if he can kiss her and she declines. A husband kisses his wife on the forehead and says, "You're cute." A husband and his wife are shown clothed and sleeping in bed together in several scenes. A husband and his wife lie on a mattress outside under heavy blankets and hug and kiss briefly.
 A husband asks his wife if she is having an affair and she replies about another man, "We've had sex." A married woman tells a man who is not her husband, "I love you" a couple of times. A man talks to a woman about completing a jigsaw puzzle as being aesthetically pleasing and that "It turns you on."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A husband and his wife argue and he grabs her arms, threatening to do what his father would have done and then lets her go.
 A woman yells when she steps on a piece of broken china and her husband helps remove it (we do not see an injury or blood). A woman is honked at while driving (she seems nervous). A woman is shown to be awkward in social situations in a few scenes. A man drops a plate and it breaks into many pieces on the floor. A husband snores loudly in bed with his wife in several scenes.
 We see news coverage of a volcano erupting and lava spitting into the air.
 A man says that he read something that described a Buddhist monk not being able to save a drowning boy because they are forbidden altering anyone's path. A husband yells at his wife and asks, "What's wrong with you?" A woman describes the root of all suffering as our attempts to be happy according to Buddhism. A man complains that his son has no initiative and later that he lacked ambition. A wife tells her husband, "I don't want to lose you," and he replies, "You better start praying." We hear that an older woman had broken her ankle. We hear news reports about natural disasters and a man is seen to be upset by them. A man says that his wife left him without even a note. A young man says, "I'm miserable and I hate my life." A man says, "I don't like kids," and, "Not everyone is supposed to have kids." A man asks his mother why she never divorced her husband (his father), and that she has clearly never been happy. A man says, "They think there is going to be a coup d'état" as he watches a news report. We hear a reference to a woman as having been "serving the men in her life." A young man says that he is going to take a year off and travel to Tibet with his girlfriend and his mother becomes angry. A wife tells her husband, "If you leave now, don't come back." A husband leaves the house and says, "Don't wait up for me." A husband tells his wife not to make excuses and she says that she is not his servant and that he does not own her.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 9 F-words, 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (alien robot friend, lazy, selfish, prince, bored rich guy, little punk, punk, childish housewife, accessory, sheltered, strange, rebel, heartless master), 3 religious profanities (GD), 14 religious exclamations (e.g. Godsend, Oh God, God, Jesus, For God's Sake, I Thank God Every Day). | profanity glossary |


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink beer from bottles at a party, a woman drinks a glass of wine in her kitchen alone, a man appears drunk when he returns home late one night, a man opens a bottle of champagne and pours two glasses (he and a woman toast with the glasses), and two men drink beer with dinner. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, a woman tells her adult son that he should not be smoking, a man talks about having cut back on smoking, a woman asks her adult son for a cigarette and she coughs when she smokes it (he takes it away from her), a young man smokes on a balcony, and a young man says that he was taking a smoking break.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Traditional gender/marriage roles, disappointment, wanting more from life, being stuck in situations that are not fulfilling, infidelity, Veganism, sense of accomplishment, confidence, chaos, divorce, success, failure, problems, travel, traditional Hungarian families, natural disasters, creation, resurrection, jigsaw puzzle competitions, Buddhism, poverty, happiness, faith, wealth, lying, confession, finding your path.

MESSAGE - Finding your path can be very difficult and can sometimes cause pain. Life is messy.

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