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Shine | 2018 | R | – 4.3.7

Why is “Shine” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for an implied sex scene, several suggestive dance scenes, some cleavage, a non-graphic death by fire and more than 20 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


A fight for the life of the Spanish Harlem community gets heated when two brothers square off against the development group bent on gentrifying the neighborhood. With David Zayas, Kimberli Flores, Gilbert Saldivar, Jorge Burgos and Nelson Gonzales. Directed by Anthony Nardolillo. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with some untranslated and others accompanied by English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:35]

Shine SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man and a woman dance closely together and kiss; the scene shifts to an apartment where they take off their shirts (we see his bare back, abdomen and chest and she is shown wearing a bra that reveals cleavage and bare abdomen); we then see the couple in bed partially covered by a blanket while talking and kissing (sex is implied).
 A young man and a young woman flirt and kiss in a few scenes, they are shown on a stoop and the man caresses her bare thigh. Two girls practice dancing and they shake their shoulders and shimmy their hips while two boys dance near them. A man touches a woman’s clothed buttock and they kiss tenderly. A man and woman kiss on a street in a few scenes. A woman dances and thrusts her hips toward a man seated in a wheelchair and they kiss.
 A man teases another man as to whether he is going to make an advance toward a woman he likes (using sexual references). A woman is told to stop dressing like a man and “show off that body.”
 There are many dance sequences that include hip thrusting gestures and several are between couples and we see some touching of each other’s bodies. Two men dance in a club and their shirts are partially unbuttoned revealing bare chests; they shimmy and make suggestive hip gestures while a crowd cheers them on.
 A man is shown wearing only boxer briefs in a couple of scenes (his bare chest, abdomen, back and genital outline are visible and he also has tattoos on his chest). Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. Many women wear short and tight-fitting skirts and pants that accentuate their curves in many scenes, several of which include Salsa dancing. A woman wears a short skirt that reveals her legs to mid-thighs along with a cropped shirt that reveals bare abdomen. A woman wears legless shorts while dancing for a crowd (her legs to the hips and part of her lower buttocks are seen). A woman wears a tight-fitting tank top and leggings that reveal the outline of her curves and cleavage.


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Shine VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - A building is shown in flames and two young men struggle against fire fighters to try to get inside to rescue their father (they are unable to save him); people are shown grieving at the man's funeral later. A man has a flashback nightmare about the fire that killed his father.
 Two men argue and fight; one tackles the other to the floor and other people pull them apart (we later see one man with a cut on his lip). Several men pour gasoline on a construction site and one man is confronted by another man as police arrive; the two men run away and one is struck by a car (we see him bruised and in a hospital bed and he is later shown paralyzed and in a wheelchair).
 We hear about several devastating fires and that they are being blamed on arson. Two boys practice dancing and one is reprimanded for looking at his feet while dancing; his father places a bucket over his head and tells him to continue dancing with the bucket on his head. A woman leaves a man on a dance floor and yells at him when he tries to stop her outside. A man becomes angry when he falls out of his wheelchair and onto the floor. A woman yells at a man about how he is doing his job and threatens to fire him.
 A boy lunges at another boy after he calls him a name and their father pulls him away.


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Shine LANGUAGE 7

 - About 23 F-words, 5 sexual references, 14 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (bucket head, sassy, selfish, quitter, Purple Rain), exclamations (shut-up, shut the [F-word deleted] up), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. Dios Mio, Jesus Christ). | profanity glossary |


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Shine SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man drinks a beer in his apartment, a man drinks a beer at a bar, and three men drink liquor at a bar. Two men smoke cigars in a bar, and a couple of men smoke in street scenes.


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Shine DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Spanish Harlem, family, community, culture, dance, music, death of a loved one, guilt, running away, skill, pride, sacrifice, gentrification, Fidel Castro, memories, regrets, change, charity, disappointment, displacement, fear.

Shine MESSAGE

 - Family and community are what matters.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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