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Stoker | 2013 | R | - 6.7.5

After a teenager's (Mia Wasikowska) father (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a car accident, her uncle (Matthew Goode), previously unknown to the family, comes to live with her and her mother (Nicole Kidman). She soon becomes infatuated with her mysterious and charming uncle, as does her mother. Also with Harmony Korine, Phyllis Somerville and Jacki Weaver. Directed by Chan-wood Park. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A teen girl in the shower and we see her bare breast in profile, her bare buttocks and her hand on her crotch; it is implied that she is sexually stimulating herself while she has flashbacks of a teen boy being killed and then buried (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A teen girl and her uncle play the piano together, the man wraps his arms around the girl and she moans sexually, grasping her legs together as it is implied that she climaxes; the man looks satisfied, smells her face and he then disappears and the teen girl continues sitting at the piano by herself.
 A man puts his arm around a woman (his widowed sister-in-law) and they dance and then kiss briefly as a teen girl watches; the man places his hand over the woman's breast and gropes her, and she leans her head back in enjoyment.
 A teen girl and a teen boy run through the forest together, the boy makes a vaguely sexual comment and the girl responds by kissing him passionately, and guides the boy's hand over her breast and then pulls away; the boy pulls the girl back angrily, unbuttons his pants and shouts at her, implying that he is going to force himself on her if she will not submit to him, she kicks him in the crotch, he kicks her in the stomach and the girl's uncle appears and attacks the teen boy (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man guides his teenage niece's foot into a pair of high-heeled shoes, and the man's hand lingers over the her foot longingly; the man then touches the girl's face, pulling away when the teen girl's mother catches them.
 Several teen boys tease a teen girl, saying that her mother is "getting it" from her uncle and one of the boys grabs his crotch (the girl is visibly upset). A teen boy tells a teen girl that his eyes are "puberty inspectors" and a group of teens laugh; the boy attempts to "lunge" at the girl, pulling back his curled up fist, but he does not strike her. A teen girl tells her mother that she had "seen her" kissing and being groped by her uncle (the woman's brother-in-law), and the woman denies it, saying that the teen girl had seen "nothing." Several teen girls gasp and cry out when a man smiles at another teen girl (his niece). A teen girl's voiceover states that she comes from "a lifetime of longing."
 We see a spider crawling up the stocking-covered leg of a teen girl and going under her skirt (we see this scene multiple times). We see a teen girl wearing a slip, doing "snow angels" on her bed.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A teen girl stabs a police officer in the throat with a pair of trimming shears, the shears stick out of his neck and blood sprays in pulses with each heartbeat, spraying over floors and plants as he stumbles through a field; the teen girl slowly follows the police officer and is seen aiming a gun (presumably at the dying, bleeding officer).
 A man beats another man (his brother) in the head with a rock; we see blood spray from his head, covering the inside of a car and blood sprays on the attacker's face and clothing.
 A teen boy tries to force himself sexually on a teen girl: the teen girl fights back, punching him in the crotch, the boy punches the girl in the stomach and she is knocked to the ground where the boy straddles her, breathing heavily, a man approaches the boy, chokes him with a belt (the boy struggles as the girl watches the boy's neck pulsate and then snap from the pressure of the belt) and we then see the man carrying the body wrapped in a blanket and placing it into a shallow grave as the teen girl helps; we later see the teen girl having flashbacks to the teen boy being killed as she sexually stimulates herself in the shower (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A man pins a woman against a window, touching her neck suggestively until he pulls off his belt and begins to choke her, he knocks her to the ground, she struggles, the man pulls the woman's head up with the force of the belt and he calls for a teen girl (the woman's daughter and his niece), to come watch; the teen girl appears, pulls a hunting rifle, she fires and we see a bullet hit the window and blood sprays over the window and wall. We see a man attacking a woman in a phone booth; the man slowly takes off his belt and wraps it around the woman's throat as we see the panic in her eyes as he tightens the belt and she struggles.
 We see a flashback of a man as a young boy as he digs a deep hole at the bottom of a slide and has his baby brother slide into the hole; we then see the boy doing "snow angels" on top of a smoothed-over sand pit, implying that he had buried the young boy alive and a teen boy runs over in horror and digs in the sand, but is unable to save the boy (we do not see the dead boy).
 A teen boy goes to slap a teen girl, the girl stabs the boy in the hand with a pencil, and he screams out in pain; the girl's uncle watches her stab the boy from a distance, approvingly, we see blood on the tip of the pencil and later see blood oozing from a pencil sharpener as the girl sharpens the pencil, leaving the bloody pencil shavings behind. A teen boy tells a teen girl that his eyes are "puberty inspectors" and other teens laugh; the boy attempts to "lunge" at the girl, pulling back his curled up fist, but he does not strike her.
 A teen girl discovers a dead woman, frozen in a freezer with her face staring up at the teen girl; the girl has a flashback to a man shouting at the woman and the girl closes the freezer.
 We hear a woman's scream in the background and we later learn that the woman had received a phone call saying her husband had been killed in a car accident. We see a woman crying at a funeral and a teen girl sitting next to her and it is implied that the woman is crying for her dead husband. A man is visibly upset by his brother's presence when he sees him in a room in a mental hospital. A teen girl shrinks away from her mother's touch.
 We see a woman with a red mark on her neck after being choked. We see a bloody drag mark on the floor through a house. A teen girl lies on the ground over a fresh grave and it is implied that she hears a cell phone (the dead person's phone) coming from the grave.
 A woman tells her teenage daughter menacingly that she wants to watch life "tear her apart." An older woman shouts at a man and a teen girl watches from a distance. A woman asks a teen girl if she is feeling okay, saying the girl is "white as a sheet" and the girl replies flippantly, "My father is dead." Two women gossip about a man's death, and we hear them both say that the man's body had been burned inside the car that had been found after driving off a bridge. A teen girl makes a vague reference to her father dying in a car accident. A police officer asks a teen girl if she had seen a teen boy who was reported missing.
 On multiple occasions we see a girl holding a gun and aiming at a bird, then aiming and firing (no gore or blood is seen). We see an older woman and man separately watching a nature documentary where we see an eagle scoop a fish from the water; we also see an eagle pulling bloody guts and sinew from an animal's corpse. We see multiple stuffed bird carcasses throughout the movie as decoration in a home and a woman refers to taxidermy, saying her daughter had killed the birds.
 A man vomits and we see the vomit leaving his mouth. A teen girl pops a blister on her foot; we see a small piece of wood entering the blister and clear fluid pouring from it. An older woman acts disgusted by the condition of a hotel room; she looks around at the bed, pulling back the sheets and acting disgusted, and then looks at a hair-covered piece of soap.
 A woman circles a bonfire; we see a pile of burning books, papers and taxidermy animals; the woman rips off her robe (she is wearing a nightgown) and throws it into the fire.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 2 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 implied anatomical term, name-calling (freak, wimp, crazy), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man offers his teenage niece a glass of wine and she drinks it in a large gulp, a woman drinks wine throughout the movie and to the point of passing out, a man and a woman share a bottle of wine, and a woman talks about the taste of the wine.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Incest, murder, revenge, mental hospitals, infatuation, unhealthy relationships, death of a parent.

MESSAGE - Familial relationships can be very strange.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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