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Things We Lost in the Fire | 2007 | R | - 5.4.6

Halle Berry stars as a woman who's struggling to come to terms with the murder of her husband (David Duchovny) and while seeking solace she invites his lifelong best friend (Benicio Del Toro), who's a recovering heroin addict, to live in her renovated garage. Also with Alexis Llewellyn and Micah Berry. Directed by Susanne Bier. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A husband and wife kiss, he unbuttons her pants, (we see part of her lace panties), he puts his hand into her pants, they continue to kiss and they are interrupted by their children.
 A woman showers and we see her bare shoulders and back. A man showers and we see his bare shoulders and back. A man sits on a toilet with his pants around his knees. A woman lies in bed wearing a short dress that reveals part of her bare thigh; she's holding a sleeping child. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.
 A husband and wife kiss, snuggle in bed, and go to sleep (he wears boxer shorts and is bare-chested and she wears a camisole and shorts). A husband and wife kiss.
 A woman asks a man to lie in bed with her, she lies next to him, she places his leg across her hip, and she has him rub her earlobe so that she can fall asleep (nothing sexual is implied).
 A man showers and a woman brings laundry into his room and stands outside the bathroom door; they talk, he leans over to kiss her, and she pulls away.
 A woman walks past an open doorway and a man inside reaches out toward her and says, "Hey, baby" while she keeps walking.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man punches and kicks his wife: she lies on the ground and we see blood on her face, another man pulls the man away and calls for help, the first man pulls out a gun, points it toward his wife and shoots, striking the man who was trying to help (we don't see the man struck but we see the dead body later along with bodies of the husband and the wife; there's no blood).
 A man goes through drug withdrawal: we see him thrashing, sweating, yelling in pain, quaking and shivering, and he wets the bed.
 A woman yells at her children and grabs one by the face and squeezes. A woman screams and cries and strikes a man who tries to hold and console her. A man is struck in the head with a ball.
 A woman panics when she is told that her daughter has not been in school for two days; she doesn't know where she is. A child is afraid when her grandmother won't wake up and her mother explains that she is sedated. A young girl is angry with a man for going away and she won't speak to him.
 A girl catches a man planning to steal silverware in order to get money for drugs; she tells him to put them back and he does.
 We hear that the two children of a murdered man are having trouble coping with the loss; one is doing poorly in school and the other has nightmares. A man tells another man that his friend was murdered when he tried to stop a man from beating his wife. A woman tells a man that it should have been him who died and not her husband. A child refers to meat as "murder" and says she is a vegetarian. A woman talks to her young daughter about her grandmother's grief over her son dying. We hear that a boy ran through a screen door and he has a scar on his nose. We hear that a young man died of an overdose. A man talks about starting his drug habit with cocaine, then doing crystal meth, and then heroin. A man says, "I hate my wife." A woman talks about a man urinating in a pool when he was a boy.
 A man sits on a toilet with his pants around his knees.

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LANGUAGE 6 - 13 F-words, 6 scatological terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (retarded), 1 religious exclamation.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a drug, we see people on streets doing drugs and buying drugs, one man injects himself in the arm, we see several people who seem to be under the influence of drugs in small rooms, and a man smokes a cigarette, drinks a beer and we see heroin in a spoon on the floor. A man talks about starting his drug habit with cocaine, then doing crystal meth, and then heroin, a woman tells a man that she wants to use a drug to escape and a man describes the feeling evoked when doing heroin, and we see a methadone clinic. People drink alcohol at a gathering after a funeral, and a man drinks a beer and smokes a cigarette. Two men smoke cigarettes and a man smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a husband, death of a father, death of a child, death of a friend, loyalty, friendship, drug addiction, vegetarianism, drug rehabilitation, heroism, dread, panic, peace, selflessness, living one day at a time, grief, disappointment, abandonment, jealousy, suspicion, fear.
MESSAGE - Grief is very painful. Accept the things that are good in life.
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