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Somersault | 2004 | R | - 8.4.8

Abbie Cornish stars as a teenage girl who begins her sexual experimentation by kissing her mother's boyfriend. When she is thrown out of her mother's house she moves from one unsatisfactory sexual encounter to another presumably looking for love and affection. Also with Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Erik Thomson and Hollie Andrew. Directed by Cate Shortland. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - Two young men kiss a teenage girl, they take off her top (we see her in her bra and then her bare breasts are shown), then her pants (her bare buttocks are seen), one young man takes off all of his clothes (he is fully nude and his bare buttocks and genitals are visible), he begins to kiss her and they are interrupted by another young man.
 A young man takes a teenage girl to his trailer after meeting in a bar, he takes off her pants, she lies down, he pulls his pants down, lies on top of her and thrusts (we see his bare buttocks).
 A young man and a teenage girl lie in bed (her bare breasts are visible), he kisses her abdomen, and he puts his hand under the sheets and stimulates her (she moans), and they kiss.
 A young man and a teenage girl go to her apartment, she dances suggestively wearing stockings and a tank top, they kiss and lie on a bed, and the girl sits on top of the young man and we see her bare breasts and his bare chest.
 A teenage girl lies in a bathtub filled with water and her bare breasts are visible. A teenage girl finds a calendar with photos of nude women (bare breasts and buttocks are visible). A teenage girl stands nude in a parking lot (her bare buttocks and back are shown).
 A teenage girl caresses a tattoo on a man's chest, she kisses him, and lie back on a bed; he then pulls up her top and caresses her breasts (they are not visible).
 A young man takes a teenage girl to a hotel room, she undresses (down to her underwear), he tells her to go to sleep, they caress each other's faces and it is implied that they have sex (we see the young man showering the next morning and his bare buttocks are visible).
 A young man kisses another man romantically (nothing else happens). A man and a woman kiss.
 Young men and young women (one is a teenage girl) dance in a bar. A teenage girl touches a man's neck, the man flinches and assumes that she is trying to make a pass at him and he leaves. A teenage girl talks into a mirror pretending to be a man and a woman making suggestive remarks, and then kisses the mirror.
 A man tells a young man, "I'm gay."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young man punches another young man repeatedly in the face.
 We see a dead cow in a muddy field.
 A woman walks into a room where she finds her boyfriend and her teenage daughter on a bed kissing and fondling each other; the woman hits the man, shoves the girl and tells them to get out.
 A teenage girl screams in frustration when she is accused of having done something inappropriate with her friend's father.
 A young man says that he "ran over a dog the other day." A woman talks about her son having shot and killed someone.
 A teenage girl eats a bowl of hot chilies, her face turns red, a young man takes her to the bathroom and she vomits (we hear her gagging). A young man urinates on a sidewalk in front of a man's house.


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LANGUAGE 8 - 33 F-words, 2 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot), 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two young men and a teenage girl smoke marijuana, and a young man smokes marijuana. A teenage girl drinks a lot of alcohol in a bar, a young man drinks from a bottle of alcohol, a young man drinks wine, two men drink alcohol, and a man sleeps in a chair holding a beer bottle (suggesting that he has been drinking). People (some are teenagers) smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol in several bar scenes, and two young men smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol in a bar. A man smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Affection, love, family, mother/daughter relationships, disinterested parents, Australia, forgiveness, regret.

MESSAGE - Love is more than sex and requires some effort.

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