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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride | 2005 | PG | - 1.4.1

Stop-motion animated feature set in a 19th century town: A young man and a young woman are being compelled to marry without ever having met, because his wealthy but common parents and her poor but aristocratic parents decide that the match will be beneficial for their respective situations. But when the man runs away from the rehearsal into a dark forest and inadvertently places the ring on the finger of a buried corpse he is in for a surprise when the corpse comes out of the ground to say "I do." With the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman and Paul Whitehouse. Directed by Mike Johnson & Tim Burton. [1:14]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A corpse wears a low cut dress that reveals cleavage throughout the movie, and the dress is tattered and torn and also reveals her thigh and femur; a man dances with the corpse. A woman is laced into a tight corset that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Corpses are shown in sundry stages of decay and composition, with several having missing skin (that exposes teeth through a hole in the cheek, or ribs through a hole in the abdomen, or arm and leg bones), missing limbs, etc: One corpse is a severed head that moves around on the legs of beetles that are in his neck, another can spilt vertically (we see a cross-section), one corpse's eye pops out several times and there is a green, talking maggot residing in the eye socket (there are references to him eating her brain), and others are skeletons.
 A man inadvertently places a ring on the exposed finger of a buried corpse, the hand grabs the man by the arm and pulls him down; he pulls away and the arm comes off, he panics and runs, the arm chases him, the corpse comes out of the ground (accompanied by booming music and wind), and chases the man until he hits his head on a tree a few times and many crows swoop and caw at him.
 A man holds a sword to a woman's throat, another man intervenes and the two men fight, one with a sword and one with a fork: the man with the fork pokes the other man a couple of times, the man with the sword lunges at the other man, and a corpse stands in the way and is stabbed through the chest.
 We hear that a man murdered a woman and stole her jewels. A man says to a woman, "I left you" and she says "...for dead." A skeleton tells a corpse that she must kill a man to keep him with her. A man makes a remark about a woman dying soon (it is implied that he plans to kill her).
 A man drinks from a chalice, he begins to gag and gasp, he turns blue (implying that he is dying), he is surrounded by corpses carrying knives and forks, he screams and is pushed by the corpses into a room, and the door is closed. A man coughs violently, he gasps, falls off his seat on a carriage and when he lands on the ground we see his feet pointed upward and twitching (he is dead).
 A corpse pulls a sword out of the abdomen of another corpse, and green liquid flows from the cavity and into his drinking mug. A corpse pulls a sword out of another corpse's head. A corpse has a large hole through his chest. A man cuts the heads off many fish using a cleaver.
 A corpse's eye pops out of the socket (a maggot wriggles out of the socket), a skeleton's head pops off, and a corpse splits in half and we see the bloody internal organs. Corpses stir a large pot, one corpse's nose falls into the pot and his eye dangles from a string. Several corpses come to a dinner party, and one loses an eye in a man's soup bowl (we hear a pop and a splat and see it floating in the soup).
 A corpse's hand pops off while she plays the piano, and it moves across the keys and up a man's arm. A skeleton scratches his skull and one skull plate flaps up and down and clanks. Part of a corpse's cheek is missing and reveals her teeth inside. A man and a corpse dance together and when he twirls her, her arm pops out. A corpse dances and her leg snaps off (she hobbles back to retrieve it). Several skeletons dance, their bones clank, they remove their heads and use them as props. A man opens a box containing bones, the bones fall on the ground and come together to make a dog that wags its tail and barks.
 A man and a corpse climb stairs in a dark tower, many crows caw and swoop over them, and there's thunder and lightning. Many corpses surround a woman who has a walker (they're zombie-like), she swings the walker and hits one of them in the head.
 Two people grab a woman, pull her into a house and drag her to her room were we hear she is going to be locked in. A man drives a horse-drawn carriage recklessly and nearly hits a woman walking in the street with a walker. A woman uses a fireplace poker to try to break the lock on a door.
 A man drops a ring that rolls under a woman's skirt, he retrieves the ring from under her skirt but lights her skirt on fire with the candle; people panic and try to put out the flames, everyone yells at the man and glares at him in a threatening manner and one man points a gnarled finger at him.
 A skeleton squeezes a crow and it lays a large egg. A skeleton prepares a potion (he pulls a feather off the back of a crow and drops it in), then drinks it, burps loudly and we see the liquid pouring through his chest cavity. We hear bones rattling and clanking in many scenes as corpses move.
 A corpse smacks herself on the side of the head and a maggot shoots out of her ear and onto the ground. There are barrels filled with waving severed arms in a "2nd Hand Shoppe." A maggot says to a man, "I used to live in your dead mother." A corpse disintegrates into many butterflies that flutter away. Two dogs (one corpse and one living) sniff each other's rears. A spider has sharp teeth and six eyes and talks about being a "widow."
 A man walks into a table and another man hits him on the head with a long cane. A woman gets stuck in the door of a horse-drawn carriage and two men must push her to get her through. A woman climbs out a window, slides down a blanket, falls to the ground (she is not injured) and runs through a rainy night to a church.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 2 mild obscenities.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Corpses drink what looks like alcohol in bar scenes. A man smokes a pipe in many scenes (he also suffers from a terrible cough that apparently eventually kills him).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, arranged marriages, marrying for wealth, marrying for love, grief, the nouveau riche, music, propriety, necrophilia, chaos, romance, disappointment, broken hearts.

MESSAGE - Real love is generous and forgiving.

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