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The Shape of Things | 2003 | R | - 5.2.6

A university graduate student (Rachel Weisz) runs into a museum security guard (Paul Rudd) while she is about to deface a famous sculpture. Their encounter turns into a relationship that blossoms and takes an unexpected turn, which does not meet the approval of his friends (Gretchen Mol and Frederick Weller). Directed by Neil LaBute. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman moves her head down, below a man's waist, to perform oral sex; we hear kissing and see the man smile. A woman kisses a man on the cheek and then they kiss passionately several times and caress each other. A man and a woman kiss passionately, a man and a woman kiss repeatedly in one scene, a man and a woman kiss in several scenes, and a woman kisses a man's neck. A man pulls down his pants to show a tattoo on his upper leg (we see pubic hair) and a woman kisses the tattoo. A man and a woman are shown in bed together (in underwear); the woman goes under the sheets with a camera. A man and a woman talk about having sex in the restroom of a doctor's office waiting room. A man and a woman talk about watching a video of their lovemaking. A man and a woman flirt in several scenes. We see a statue of a man with a large leaf covering his private parts and a man and woman discuss the reason for the leaf. We see a man putting on his underwear. A woman wears outfits that reveal bare midriffs, cleavage, bare thighs and bare back to the hip.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two men shove each other and wrestle on the ground briefly. A woman pushes a man who falls on the floor. A man and a woman argue bitterly, and three people argue. A woman says she'd like to put a knife through a man's throat. A man talks about a woman having removed a used tampon onstage as part of a performance art piece and used the blood to paint with. People talk about having cosmetic surgery. A woman has scars on her arm from cutting herself. We hear a woman urinating.


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LANGUAGE 6 - 16 F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 9 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 17 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Anarchy, romance, relationships, conscience, trust, marriage, taking risks, jealousy, infidelity, vandalism, lying, pornography, regrets, remorse, emotions, conceit, gallantry, love, sadism, friendship, doubt, human will, moral ambiguity, neuroses.

MESSAGE - Express yourself no matter what the effect on others.

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