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Starbuck | 2013 | R | - 5.4.5

A perpetual slacker (Patrick Huard) discovers that after a few years of sperm donation, he is the father of hundreds of children. As he gradually discovers his children, without their knowledge, he grows to find the joy of parenthood on his own; meanwhile some of his children are joining a class-action lawsuit to find their sperm-donor father. Also with Julie LeBreton, Antonine Bertrand, Igor Ovadis. Directed by Ken Scott. In French with English subtitles. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We see a nurse hand a man a variety of pornographic magazines and the man looks at them excitedly; we then see the man masturbating under the table (we hear the sound of masturbation and see the man's face) and it is implied that the man ejaculates into a medical sample cup.
 We see a young man kissing a variety of other young men as his father watches from a distance; we then see the young man kissing a young woman and the man acts surprised. A man and a woman kiss and embrace and then kiss and embrace a second time.
 We see a young woman wearing a tight, short dress with a low-cut back and a series of men make cat-calls as she walks down the street; the young woman's father follows behind her and chides a man for making cat-calls.
 We see a shirtless man wearing a bathing suit. We see a series of young men and women in bathing suits (we see the bare backs of the young men and the back of a young woman wearing a bikini). We see the bare chests of a series of young men as they lay out in the sun, shirtless and their bare chests are visible.
 A man crudely tells another man that he cannot get an erection, saying that a man of his age should be able to have an erection at any time. A man crudely jokes about another man masturbating and selling his sperm; the second man is angry that he hadn't been told and the other man explains that he tells people about "sleeping with a hot woman" but not masturbating. A woman shouts at a man, saying that a man who donated sperm to a clinic was a "pervert" and it was the same as prostitution. A group of men joke about a man fathering 533 children from sperm donations at a clinic; a man then asks if anyone had donated sperm before and another man jokes about the man masturbating frequently as a child. A young man tells a man (his biological father) that he was conceived from "self-abuse" and "from a little cup" after the young man discovers the man had been a sperm donor. A man says that he had fathered 533 children after selling his sperm as a young man. A man tells another man, "Reproduction is a mistake" and remarks that he should not have "knocked up" a woman. A man jokes with his brother that he had to tell their father the man wasn't gay, just because he had worn makeup and tights. After a gaff, a man tells a group of reporters that he has a male lover and we later hear the man joke that his mother had always suspected that he had a lover. A woman tells a man she is pregnant.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man slams another man against a wall as he walks down a hallway and shortly after we see the man being held under water; the man gasps and we later see the man unharmed. A man awakens with a start when another man next to him in bed whispers; he tries to run away and is slammed against a wall by a second man (we see the man unharmed).
 A young woman shouts and tries to run out of a hospital, and two men grab her and pick her up as she continues to shout (she calms down). A man pulls away from another man's grasp as he tries to pull the first man down when he stands up in a sports stadium.
 We see a young woman in spasms as she lies on a bed with a syringe in her arm and she appears to be overdosing on heroin until a man comes to her rescue; we see the man helping her at the hospital, where a woman advises the man to enroll the young woman (she his daughter) in a rehab program.
 A young woman shouts at an unseen person over the phone; she throws her phone (we see the broken phone on the ground) and a man comforts her. A woman shouts at a man, slamming the door in his face.
 A young man shouts at a man. Three men (including an older man) raise their voices to a man and the man whisper-shouts back. A man and a woman whisper-shout at one another in a baby nursery. A man shouts at another man. A man shouts at another man. In the pouring rain a man shouts at another man. A man shouts at his young son, telling him to go back to bed. We see people shouting in a courtroom; we hear only the music in the background and no shouting heard. A woman shouts at a man, saying that a child is "eating his boogers" (we do not see the child).
 A man tells another man that if he does not come up with money, he will have men "come to his house and drown him." A man tells another man to encourage his pregnant girlfriend to have an abortion; the man chides the man, telling him not to talk about abortion in front of his children (his two sons are nearby), and the man responds that his children know they are too old to be aborted. Two men tell their brother that "two thugs" showed up at their father's house and threw the older man in the bathtub to injure him. A man introduces a young man (his son) to a young woman, saying that the young man had "saved his life" in a public pool because he is a lifeguard. A man tells another man (we see the man hitting his head with a soccer ball) that the man has "mental problems." A young man passively asks another man (his biological father) about his job, saying that he "carts around the carcasses of murdered animals" because he works in a butcher shop; the young man then dramatically tells the man jocks had "beaten him up" as a child. A woman tells a man (the father of her unborn baby), that she wants to slap children and that she does not understand why children should be allowed to live, because children are disgusting. A man makes a series of jokes about tofu, saying that people do not know what happens at a "tofu factory," that it is "disgusting" (implying that it is like a slaughterhouse). A young man jokingly remarks that he thinks a man's brother (the young man's uncle) was going to "break his neck." A man tells another man that his newborn baby "poops eight times a day and I worship the diapers."
 A man coughs as a young man (the man's son) performs mouth-to-mouth on him and we hear the gurgle of water and see the man cough up water (the man is unharmed). We see meat and hanging sides of beef in a butcher shop. A man holds the backpack strap of a young man (his son) while he vomits (we hear the sound of vomit but do not see it). A young man appears to vomit from drinking too much.
 A boy playfully slaps his father's face. A young man repeatedly falls to the ground as he tries to play soccer.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 5 F-words and its derivatives, 16 sexual references, 2 mild scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (El Masturbator, pervert, countless shortcomings, moron, test the limits of stupidity, black holes that suck up all your time, energy, monsters, money and hair, not normal, cheapskate, worthless, terrible, flabby), 3 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see a young woman in spasms as she lays on a bed with a syringe in her arm and she appears to be overdosing on heroin until a man comes to her rescue, a woman advises a man to enroll a young woman (his daughter) in a rehab program, we see a series of marijuana plants in a man's apartment, we hear that a man asks another man to help him grown marijuana plants and he turns him down, a teen boy checks out a man at a bookstore and we see book titles including "hydroponics" and the boy jokes that the man should also have some "rolling papers," and a woman jokes with a man that he cannot be "growing pot" when they have a child. A young man appears to vomit from drinking too much, we see men and women drinking liquor and toasting with wine around a dinner table, and an older man takes shots of liquor.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sperm donation, fatherhood, accepting parentage, responsibility, finding oneself, suits and counter suits, slander, drug overdosing, making life better for strangers, obligations, support of a parent, cerebral palsy.

MESSAGE - Family is very important.

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