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Simone | 2002 | PG-13 | - 3.3.5

A once successful Hollywood director (Al Pacino) desperate for a hit is given a gift by a computer geek, just when his star walks off the film set: The gift is Simone, a digital actress who will do exactly what her director tells her to do, and speaks only using his own words. As her fame skyrockets, he's forced to come up with excuses as to why no one has ever met her. It all turns into a nightmare when he desperately tries to come clean, but discovers that computer-generated Simone is indestructible. Also with Winona Ryder, Rachel Roberts, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Chris Coppola. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman shoves a man onto an ottoman, climbs on top of him and begins kissing him on the face and mouth. A man and a woman kiss passionately and fall back over some furniture and onto the floor. A man climbs into a bed where a woman had supposedly slept and he snuggles with the pillow and caresses the sheets. A man caresses a toilet seat (thinking a woman had sat there), and a man kisses a woman's toothbrush. A woman is nude in a photograph but her legs and arms are folded over her private areas. A group of men are bare-chested. A computer-generated image of a woman exposes parts of her nude body, missing her private parts. Women are seen wearing outfits that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, bare abdomens and bare thighs in many scenes. A woman says "I have slept my way to where I am." Some comments are initially thought to be sexual, but turn out not to be: A man says "...I licked every part of her," and a man says "I have your new leading lady in my pants." People assume that a man is having an affair with a woman. There is a discussion about an actress doing nude scenes in a movie. A man puts on lipstick and kisses photographs of a woman (to create photos for autographs).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man grabs another man by the throat. People stampede trying to catch a glimpse of a woman; they knock each other and tables and chairs over, and many people end up being shoved into a pool. A man is chased over a short fence and across a beach by another man. A woman is shot and dies in a movie. We hear gunfire in the distance behind a video image of a woman. A man (who appears agitated) approaches another man (who is frightened) in a dark alley. A man has a bandage on his eye and talks about having an inoperable tumor. A man yells at two other men a few times. We hear that a man has died, and we hear that a woman has died. We hear that a woman has received death threats. A throng of press aggressively surrounds a man's house a few times. We watch the image of a woman disintegrate on a screen. A woman crawls through a pigsty and eats from a trough, with pigs all around her. A man kisses a woman's toothbrush not knowing it had fallen into the toilet earlier.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word not fully verbalized, 1 scatological term, 4 mild obscenities, 15 religious exclamations, 1 religious profanity.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. A woman talks about what she thinks are the benefits of smoking.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Celebrity, fraud, embezzlement, blackmail, abduction, privacy, Pygmalion, greed, Hollywood, nostalgia, virtual reality, destiny, agoraphobia, insanity, death penalty.

MESSAGE - Movies would not get made without celebrities, real or not. It isn't all about the work.

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