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Talk to Me | 2007 | R | - 7.5.9

Biopic based on the real life story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. (Don Cheadle), an ex-con turned radio DJ in Washington, DC, whose claim to fame was being brutally frank about the things that affected real people in the turbulent '60s and '70s. Also with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji Henson, Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps. Directed by Kasi Lemmons. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman are shown in bed and having sex; the man's bare back is visible and the woman's bare shoulders, as the man thrusts, the woman moans and screams, and they are then interrupted.
 A man is shown sleeping with one woman draped over him and another nearby (we see cleavage, bare legs and shoulders and his bare chest) and it is implied that they have had sex.
 A nude man stands at a door, pleading with another man to let him in (we see the man's fully nude back, buttocks and legs). A woman wears low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage, bare back and shoulders, and a woman wears short dresses that reveal bare thighs.
 A woman walks out of a man's office wiping her mouth, the man is shown zipping up his pants and it is implied that she had performed oral sex on him.
 A woman kisses a man she has never met and tells him that he makes her "so hot" (we see her kissing him, and then hear her moaning and smooching over the radio). A woman runs into a man's arms, wraps her legs around his waist and they kiss. A man kisses a woman. A woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 A man and a woman dance suggestively swaying their hips and thrusting; in a similar scene a man wearing jockey shorts and a tank T-shirt and a woman wearing tight-fitting shorts and a tank top dance suggestively swaying their hips and thrusting. A man hugs another man, who recoils and seems uncomfortable.
 A man wearing only boxer shorts wiggles his hips suggestively while yelling about the size of another man's endowment. A man makes a confrontational gesture and grabs his crotch.
 A man frightens a woman when he asks her, in a crude manner, whether she has had oral sex performed on her. A man makes a remark about "dabbling" with women of different races. A man makes a suggestive remark about the way another man is chalking his pool cue. A prison guard and a man walk past a line of women and the guard refers to it as the "booty line" and that they are there for conjugal visits. A woman tells a man that he is "good lovin'" and caresses his clothed chest. A man refers to women who "shake dance" (presumably exotic dancing). A man makes a remark alluding to prison sex. A man talks about a woman being "fine." A man describes the physical characteristics of women that he likes. A man makes jokes about the size of his endowment.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman breaks a bottle on a nightstand near a man and a woman having sex, she then presses the broken end into the man's neck and threatens to cut him and to remove a part of his anatomy with it.
 A man punches another man who punches him back and pushes him to the ground, where they wrestle and continue to fight briefly. A man punches a man in the face, they fight and yell at each other and other men hold them apart. A man walks through a doorway and shoves another man, knocking him into a chair.
 A man locks several people in their offices and barricades another office door. People in a large crowd begin to get angry and chant while armed guards stand around them. A woman has a gun in her hand when she answers her front door.
 A prisoner wearing only boxer shorts stands on a prison tower yelling about the size of the warden's endowment, and the warden tells a guard to shoot him (the guard does not). A man accuses another man of betraying his race and selling out. A man makes a confrontational gesture and grabs his crotch. Two men argue bitterly. A man and a woman argue in a couple of scenes.
 We see a riot scene where people break store windows, set buildings on fire, overturn cars, loot stores and attack other people with punching and kicking; someone burns an American flag and we see him being beaten by police with batons, and one man is chased and tackled by another man with a metal bar (the man is not injured). We see a few scenes that depict protests where people carry signs and yell and some are shown burning draft cards.
 We hear that Martin Luther King had been assassinated. A man talks about a boy who was shot and killed by police. We read that a man has died and we see people gathered at a funeral. A man talks about people in prison being disenfranchised. A man accuses another man of taking advantage of people.
 A man burps several times and then vomits (we hear loud gagging). A man vomits from having had too much alcohol (we see goo) and then he collapses.


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LANGUAGE 9 - 45 F-words and its derivatives, 10 sexual references, 34 scatological terms, 33 anatomical terms, 24 mild obscenities, 38 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 5 derogatory terms for Caucasians, name-calling (knucklehead, felon, fool, pimp, hustler, crazy, low-life, thug, con, miscreant, pigs), 13 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks wine from a bottle and has already apparently drunk two bottles, a man vomits from drinking too much alcohol, and people are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in several bar and pool hall scenes. A man smokes cigarettes in many scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Vietnam war, racism, frustration, anger, fear, betrayal, success, failure, prison life, alcoholism, revenge, incarceration, love, friendship, anger, hate, brothers, pulling together as a community, self-destructive behavior, infidelity, jealousy, Martin Luther King and his assassination.

MESSAGE - The measure of a man is where he stands in times of crisis. Being true to yourself is the only way to find success.

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