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Sound of My Voice | 2012 | R | - 4.4.5

When a couple (Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius) goes to investigate a possible cult, one of them soon becomes a little too involved. Also with Brit Marling and Avery Pohl. Directed by Zal Batmanglij. [1:25]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - We see a man and a woman in underwear hug, the woman puts her shirt over the man's head, he turns around (presumably seeing her breasts), he pulls himself out of the shirt and kisses the woman passionately, she straddles his lap and they continue to kiss passionately and sex is implied; we later see the man and the woman sleeping in bed together and the woman appears topless (her bare back is visible and she is lying face-down and the man's bare chest is visible). A man and woman are seen lying together in bed, with the man's arm around the woman.
 We see two men doing push-ups and they both appear fully nude; their bare buttocks and backs are visible and a woman absentmindedly steps over their bodies. On multiple occasions we see different flashes of a man and a woman showering separately and portions of their bare torsos are visible. A man and a woman are seen wearing hospital gowns and the man's boxer brief style underwear is visible when he bends over; we briefly see the woman's underwear as she bends over and her gown opens. We see a shirtless pre-teen boy riding a bike.
 A man and a woman kiss. Men and women hug on multiple occasions. A man and woman hold hands.
 A young woman asks a man a series of questions in front of several other people, implying that the man's grandfather had molested him; the man slowly begins to agree and we see the man begin to cry (the man later tells a woman that he had been putting on a show and had not been molested). A young woman berates a man in front of several other people, shouting that he is probably unable to sexually gratify his girlfriend. A woman crudely accuses a man of having an "emotional orgasm" with a young woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Several schoolgirls shout, a man pulls them apart and we see one girl punching another girl lying on the ground; the man pulls the girl off the other girl as the attacker shouts that the girl on the ground had ruined her backpack (we see the word "terrorist" written on it) and the man tries to speak to the victim of the attack but she pulls away.
 A young woman instructs a woman to throw up: the woman spits out a mouthful of food and begins to gag, several people watch the woman vomit, another woman forces herself to throw up and we see two men gag while the sound of vomiting fills the room and we see vomit lining a plastic bag on the ground; the young woman remarks that they are all smelling "puke," the group watches as a man gags, vomit leaves his mouth and splatters on the ground and we see the man then dig through the vomit and hide a piece of plastic buried in the partially digested food. We see a young woman eat two live, dirt-covered worms, and she then feeds worms to a woman and two men; the woman looks disgusted as she eats, but swallows the worms without gagging. A man coughs and gags slightly as he swallows a small camera receiver.
 As a young woman narrates, we see her lying face down in a bathtub, she coughs, crawls out of the bathtub, wanders the streets aimlessly and she is shoeless, wearing only a sheet; we see her lying on a sidewalk as she narrates that she had felt her arms and legs "falling asleep" and not waking up and she then continues to explain that her body "was failing."
 On multiple occasions we see blood being drawn, including a woman poking a man with a needle to draw blood from him; he winces in pain and we see blood circling the tube attached to the needle. We see a boy sitting on a chair, and a small baggie of blood is seen being handled by a woman, presumably drawn from the boy. An aphaeresis machine is seen circulating blood.
 Two police officers grab a young woman and drag her out of a doorway as a man and a woman watch, and the young woman screams and kicks her legs as the police carry her away. A woman roughly pushes a man out a door, shouting at him that she does not want to help kidnap a child. On multiple occasions we see men and women blindfolded (they blindfold themselves) and with their wrists zip-tied.
 A woman panics momentarily when she sees an older woman with a handgun, but is calmed as the woman explains that they are going target shooting. A man uses a knife to slash the tires of a woman's car and the woman walks by him unknowingly. A young woman lightly hits a man on the forehead and the man shouts angrily at the young woman.
 A man explains, in a panicked voice, that he cannot help kidnap a child, saying that he could lose his job or be arrested. A man tearfully tells a group of people that his mother had died of cancer when he was a pre-teen boy. A young woman uses an oxygen tube through her nose on occasion. We hear a man and a woman discuss how a young woman is "allergic" to multiple things, and the woman explains that a young woman's food must be grown in a house to prevent "pollutants." A man tells a woman that they need to "explore" what a woman is doing before she has a group of people "kill themselves" as part of a cult. A young woman explains to several other people that she is "very familiar" with death, since she came from a culture with lots of civil unrest. A woman asks a young woman if she is dying, the young woman responds, "Every life is death," and explains that she believes everyone is dying, and that most people commit suicide, whether it be from smoking for years and dying of cancer or dying immediately of suicide. A voiceover explains that a man's mother had been diagnosed with cancer and that she had shunned all medical care and died the night before the man's 13th birthday. A young woman, speaking metaphorically, says that a group of people had eaten a poisonous apple. A woman tells another woman that a young woman has warrants for her arrest for armed robbery and arson.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 9 F-words or its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 3 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (con-artist, dangerous, weak, suckers, fools, liar, anal-retentive [anatomical term], self-indulged, chumps, megalomaniacs, lazy, fraud, you people), exclamations (shut up), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see a young woman smoking what appears to be a marijuana pipe with a man, a young woman is seen snorting what appears to be cocaine, a young woman hands a man an unidentified pill, a man is seen injecting an unidentified substance into a young girl's foot, on multiple occasions it is discussed how a woman had began drinking and doing drugs when she was 12 years old and went to rehab when she was 16, and a man shouts at a woman, chiding her for having gone to rehab at the age of 16. A man sarcastically remarks that he and a woman could "get wasted" or smuggle alcohol into a movie. A young woman smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cults, time travel, civil war, documentaries, uncovering scam artists, believing the unreal.

MESSAGE - Sometimes things are not as simple as they may seem.

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