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Supernova | 2020 | R | – 4.3.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Supernova” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a passionate kissing scene, hugging and kissing and partial nudity between two men, a brief tussle, a few arguments and discussions about suffering from dementia and how to deal with one’s end of life, and nearly 20 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A couple (Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci) embarks on a road trip after one of them is diagnosed with dementia, ostensibly to visit people and places that are important to them and to their relationship. Also with Pippa Haywood, Peter MacQueen, Nina Marlin, Ian Drysdale, Sarah Woodward, James Dreyfus and Truffles. Directed by Harry Macqueen. [Running Time: 1:33]

Supernova SEX/NUDITY 4

 – Two men lie in bed together, holding each other, and one man rolls on top of the other man and kisses him passionately; they breathe heavily and hold each other until one man falls asleep and the other sits up (we see his bare shoulders, chest and abdomen) and watches the other man sleep. Two men sleep in bed together; one man is fully nude (we see his bare shoulder, side, hip, partial buttock and leg) and embraces the other man (we see his partial shoulder and partial back). Two shirtless men lie in bed together. Two men lie in bed together fully clothed; one man touches the other man’s arm and seems to move his fingers as if he is playing keys on the piano.
 Two men kiss and hug tenderly. A man hugs another man and kisses him on the head. Two men sleep together holding hands. Two men hug. Two men hold hands. A man asks another man to dance; he hugs him and nuzzles his neck. A man rests his head on another man’s shoulder.
 A woman says of her young adult daughter, “She’s in love.”
 A shirtless man is shown and we see his bare shoulders, chest and abdomen.


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Supernova VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A man plays an audio tape and struggles with another man that tries to turn it off; we hear the second man’s voice saying that he plans to end his own life on a specific day. A man panics when he returns to an RV and finds his partner gone; he calls out for him and speeds in the vehicle until he finds him unharmed and the other man seems confused about where he is.
 Two men lie in a small bed and one complains about the size of the bed before he falls off and onto the floor (there are no injuries). Two men bicker in a few scenes. A man teases a woman in a diner asking if she wants an autograph from his partner because he saw her looking at him; she seems unaware of what he’s talking about and leaves. A man complains about the voice of a GPS device and says, “I can’t stand it.” Two men discuss preparing for how things will change as one man’s dementia worsens. A man says, “You’re not supposed to mourn someone that’s still alive.” A man tells a pre-teen girl, “Never stop asking questions.” A man talks about not wanting to lose control of his life. A man tells another man, “You have to let me go.”
 A man flips through pages of a notebook where a man has started writing a book; we see pages with marks that are scribbles and indecipherable. A man has difficulty getting dressed and buttoning his shirt. A star glows increasingly bright in the sky and then it is extinguished.
 A dog apparently flatulates and two men react to the odor. A man says that he will wipe another man’s backside when it comes time. A man drops a plate of food and we see the plate broken and food spilled on the floor.


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Supernova LANGUAGE 6

 – About 18 F-words, 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, name-calling (useless child, dementia hour, dull, liar, idiot, impulsive, old sod, dog with a bone, ridiculous, guilty, passenger, not fair, shame, too high-brow, terrible child, selfish, a bit rusty), exclamations (the bloody thing, whoop, darn, fat chance), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. Good Lord, Christ, Jesus Christ). | profanity glossary |


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Supernova SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man finds a vial of phenobarbital in another man’s possessions and understands that he plans to use it to kill himself, and a man says that he did not bring his medications because he doesn’t want them and they only remind him that he is ill. A man drinks a glass of whiskey, many people drink wine at a party, people drink wine with a meal, two men drink wine with dinner, and a reference is made to a man having a hungover.


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Supernova DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Dementia, suicide, coping with illness, coping with the death of a loved one, loneliness, secrets.

Supernova MESSAGE

 – Friends and family are so important in helping to get through difficult times. Deciding when to end one’s life in the face of debilitating illness should be left to the individual.

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