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This Must Be the Place | 2012 | R | - 5.5.8

An retired aging rock star (Sean Penn), known for his over-the-top dress, comes back to New York to confront the man responsible for humiliating his recently deceased father during WWII. Also with Eve Hewson, Frances McDormand, David Byrne, Harry Dean Stanton and Judd Hirsch. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman moans sexually and it is implied that a man dressed as a woman is performing oral sex on her under the sheets (no nudity is visible); we see the man dressed as a woman pull his head out from under the sheets.
 We see an elderly man, fully nude with his hands covering his genital area, slowly walk into the snow (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). We see a man dressed as a woman wearing women's underwear. We see a shirtless boy with his bare chest and back visible. We see a woman wearing a bikini.
 A woman kisses a man dressed as a woman on the face, and the man dressed as a woman tells the woman he cannot make love to her because he is married. A man dressed as a woman and a woman kiss briefly. A woman tells a man dressed as a woman that she is going to be meeting her in bed, naked, as a robe is thrown onto the man's head (no nudity is visible). A man dressed as a woman kisses a young woman on the cheek.
 A man tells a man dressed as a woman that he would like to share the details of the woman he had sex with the previous night; we later hear the man try to describe to the man dressed as a woman that he had to put a woman in a sexual position. A man dressed as a woman advises an older woman to "take a lover" and the older woman remarks that she already has taken a lover. A woman tells a man dressed as a woman that she is "not that kind of girl" and the man dressed as a woman responds, "I'm not that kind of boy" implying that he is not trying to have sex with the woman. A man dressed as a woman watches a television show and we hear the host joke about a deformed carrot, joking, "What sex must that be" referring to a protrusion on the carrot that resembles male genitals.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man dressed as a woman and an older man watch as a nude elderly man walks into the snow; they drive away quickly and it is implied that they leave the elderly man to die in the snow.
 A man dressed as a woman pulls back a sheet covering the dead body of his father (we see the elderly man's body lying in a bed, undisturbed); we later see the dead man's funeral in a cemetery. A man shows a classroom of teenagers multiple black-and-white images of the Holocaust, including disturbing images of many dead bodies piled on a wagon and another of dead bodies piled on the ground.
 As a man approaches a truck, it catches on fire (we see flames); an older man advises a man dressed as a woman that he had overfilled the engine with oil, causing it to spontaneously combust. A car has to brake to avoid hitting a man dressed as a woman crossing the street.
 An older man shouts angrily at a man dressed as a woman, repeatedly bringing up the trauma of the Holocaust and implying that the man dressed as a woman's father was trying to hunt down the people who had tortured him during the Holocaust.
 A man swerves a truck toward men and women on the side of the road, splashing them with a puddle and the man pulls over and apologizes, saying that he had purposefully splashed them. A man dressed as a woman angrily shoves over a lawn chair. A woman who is obviously upset throws a skateboard on the ground and storms away. A man rollerblading in a public park falls over and rolls around in pain on the ground. An older man throws himself on a bed after pushing through a door and lands on the bed unharmed but rubbing his arm. A woman is surprised as a man dressed as a woman turns the corner in a grocery store, she gasps and then laughs. We see a grocery cart left behind by a woman with the milk pierced and blueberries on the ground. An elderly woman shouts at a goose after she hears a crash from another room.
 An elderly man tells a man dressed as a woman that he had been a Nazi war criminal and that he had tortured the father of the man dressed as a woman, including almost allowing a dog to rip him apart; the elderly man then explains that the father of the man dressed as a woman had threatened to kill him multiple times throughout his life as revenge. A man tells a man dressed as a woman that his father had spent his life looking for a Nazi criminal who had tortured him at a concentration camp. A man dressed as a woman tells a man that he is trying to track down Nazi war criminals. An elderly woman answers the door and asks a man dressed as a woman if he is at her door to kill her (the man answers no). A man dressed as a woman admits to another man that songs he had written caused two teenagers to kill themselves; the man then adds that he has to visit a cemetery to feel better about himself. An elderly woman tells a man that her husband had died ten years previously. A very stressed out looking woman implies that her son had disappeared months earlier. An older man advises a man dressed as a woman about a pistol, explaining that the pistol allows people to "kill with impunity." An elderly man's voiceover explains that he sees streaks of smoke that were his relatives (implying that his relatives had been killed in the Holocaust). A man dressed as a woman tells his wife that he is afraid of dying and he believes that his father is dying of old age. We hear that a woman accidentally lit a pillow on fire when she fell asleep with a lit cigarette. A young woman jokes with a man dressed as a woman that he had his clothing stolen when he was visiting a city.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 33 F-words and its derivatives, 10 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (lazy slackers who don't do a thing all day, morons, paranoid, mental, sweat like a pig, wacky stylist, fool, disaster, pedantic, monsters), 1 religious profanity, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man dressed as a woman tells a woman that he snorted heroin and that he did not shoot heroin because he was afraid of needles, a man tells a group of people that a woman fell asleep smoking a marijuana joint, and a man jokes with several people that people leave the kitchen table to snort cocaine. A man drinks liquor from a bottle, men and women drink alcohol on multiple occasions, and a man asks a man dressed as a woman if he used to "drink too much" and the man agrees. We see a young man and a woman smoke cigarettes, and a man smokes cigarettes on multiple occasions.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Holocaust, Holocaust victims, fear of dying, revenge, perseverance, Nazi war criminals, suicide, humiliation, disappointment.

MESSAGE - Perseverance is very important.

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