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Rory O'Shea Was Here | 2005 | R | - 4.3.7

A lonely young man with cerebral palsy and almost unintelligible speech is a long-term resident at a home for the disabled. His life is transformed, however, when a boisterous, rebellious man who can only move his right hand, moves into the home and the two become friends. With James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Steven Robertson, Gerard McSorley and Tom Hickey. Directed by Damien O'Donnell. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes, and a woman kisses a man on the cheek. A woman bathes a man in his wheelchair, he admires her (we see her cleavage when she bends over him) and we hear that he has become aroused. A woman (a nurse) washes a man while he sits in a wheelchair, and he appears to be nude (we see his bare legs and chest), but there does not appear to be any sexual suggestion in this scene. Two men are bathed by two women (nurses) -- there does not appear to be any sexual suggestion in this scene. A man and a woman dance a slow dance together. Another man dances a slow dance with a woman; he holds her tight and places his head on her chest (he is in a wheelchair). Two men talk about whether or not they have had sexual relationships. Two men admire a woman while she dances at a club. Many women in skimpy outfits dance at a nightclub revealing bare abdomens, cleavage, bare shoulders and bare thighs. A woman wears a short top that reveals her bare abdomen, a woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, a woman wears a short skirt that reveals bare legs, a woman wears a short skirt that reveals bare thighs, and a woman wears low-cut top revealing cleavage. We see photos of a man and two women in bikinis hugging him.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We hear that a man has contracted pneumonia and died. We see people grieving at a funeral. Police chase a speeding car that is being driven by a young boy and they nearly hit a man in a wheelchair (no one is hurt). A man insults another man. A man talks about his mother having died and his father leaving him. A man says he ran his bike into a tree and his injuries paralyzed him. A man in a wheelchair races boys on skateboards along a street. A woman trips over a cord and falls on the floor (she does not appear seriously injured). A man urinates and we hear the splatter. We see many people in a group care facility with varying injuries, illnesses and disabilities.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 23 F-words, 2 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Freedom, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, independent living, death of a parent, unreciprocated love, death of a friend, death of a child, suicide, discrimination, disabilities, terminal illness, self-pity.

MESSAGE - We should all be given an opportunity to live independently and prove our ability to be responsible.

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