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Steve Jobs | 2015 | R | - 1.2.7

A portrait of the late Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), the co-founder of Apple, as he prepares backstage to announce three iconic products: The Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT "Cube" in 1988 and the iMac in 1998. Also with Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo and Makenzie Moss. Directed by Danny Boyle. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man asks a woman, "Why have we never slept together?" A man talks about someone sodomizing him (not literally) and thrusts his hips in a sexual gesture. A woman calls herself a man's "work wife."

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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man yells at another man and threatens to call him out in front of a large group of people if he does not fix a computer problem; he likens the situation to the man playing Russian Roulette. A woman yells at a man, throws papers on the floor and pokes him in the shoulder while threatening to quit. Three people argue about a computer having crashed and that the problem would not be fixable. A man and a woman argue about whether or not the man is the father of a young girl and they talk about a paternity test and a court ruling. Two men argue about building a computer that will satisfy what the customer wants and one of the men says, "They don't get a vote." A man argues with a young girl. While arguing with a woman, a man says that he will get a call one day and he will hear that she is dead. A man argues with a young girl and tells her that she is breaking the law and that she is a truant when she is not in school. Two men argue bitterly. Two men argue about the college tuition of the daughter of one of the men. Two men argue about the value of acknowledging and praising people for their work. A man yells at his young adult daughter about her mother and her having sold their house.
 A man talks about having been adopted and that the first couple that adopted him returned him after a month and another couple adopted him, but his biological mother would not sign the adoption papers because the couple was not wealthy, educated and Catholic. A man talks about another man having committed suicide by taking a bite from a poisoned apple. A man talks about why being adopted makes one feel rejected rather than selected. A man talks about wanting to push the company board members out a window. A man talks about a computer having been designed so that the user would not be able to open it and special tools would be necessary to do so. A woman tells a man that she and her daughter live in a hovel and cannot afford to pay the utility bills. A man talks about someone being able to "Beat the living [scatological term deleted] out of you." A man tells another man that his watch looks like a bomb when he opens it to expose cathode tubes. A man tells another man, "You're gonna have a stroke." A reference is made to making a deal with the devil. A man tells another man that he his getting hate mail and death threats and that his children are being harassed. We hear that a man is fired from Apple. A man talks about "kill or be killed." A woman tells a man, "You're both out of your mind." A man tells another man that his mother refused to love him when he was an infant.
 A man asks another man if they paid skinheads as extras in a TV commercial and becomes angry about having paid terrorists and a violent hate group to be in an ad. A man tells another man who is looking into a vending machine that, "There's nothing in that vending machine that won't kill you."
 A man goes into a bathroom stall and we hear sloshing in water; it appear that he is dipping his feet in the toilet water when he comes out of the stall and dries his bare feet, and then puts his socks and shoes back on.

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LANGUAGE 7 - About 24 F-words, 2 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (insane, hack, idiot, stupid, delusional, ridiculous, the devil's chief engineer, patronizing, troubled woman, coward), 2 religious profanities (GD), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Jesus Christ, Jesus, Thank God, Holy [scatological term deleted]).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman asks a man if she will have to drop acid (no drugs are seen). A man pours two glasses of wine and one man is shown taking a sip from the glass.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Computers, technological advancement, competition, winning, losing, parenting, fatherhood, paternity, adoption, Arthur C. Clarke, alienating people, IBM, 1984 Mac launch, brain drain, human flaws, fraud, lack of control, John Sculley, Steve Wozniak, insulting, hurtful, strategy, gifted children, truancy, security, lying, reality distortion field, Allen Turing, spite, decency, Man of the Year, respect.
MESSAGE - You could ostensibly be decent and gifted at the same time.
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