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Unfinished Song | 2013 | PG-13 | - 2.4.4

A grieving widower (Terence Stamp) struggling to overcome the death of his wife joins the singing group left behind by her and in turn mends the strained relationship with his son and learns how to grieve. Originally titled "Song for Marion." Also with Gemma Anderson, Christopher Eccleston and Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - An elderly man kisses his elderly wife. An elderly woman kisses her elderly husband. An elderly woman falls asleep with her head on her elderly husband's chest. We see an elderly couple in bed together. A woman kisses an elderly man on the cheek (not sexual).
 An older woman approaches a man and makes a suggestive remark about "doing anything" to get their spot in a competition. A woman tells two elderly men that a singing group has sex "daily" and that the two older men will begin to have sex again soon. A woman chides an elderly man for being prudish about a song about sex and the woman remarks, "People do have it." Several elderly men tease another elderly man as he sings a line from "Let's Talk About Sex," and he jokes that the other elderly man is thinking about sex. A group of elderly people listens to the song "Let's Talk About Sex" and two of the older woman make a series of sexual remarks about "thinking about sex."
 We see a shirtless man in bed and a portion of his chest is covered by a blanket.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - An elderly man awakens and we hear his elderly wife struggling to breathe; moments later we see their adult son discussing the elderly woman's body being picked up by the coroner and the elderly man is heard wailing in sorrow in a separate room.
 An elderly man shouts at his adult son, and the son shouts back, chiding the man for shouting at him in front of his daughter. An elderly man shouts at a group of older people, and he then shouts at his elderly wife as she tries to leave the room; another woman interrupts them and dismisses the elderly man. A woman chides an elderly man for talking to his granddaughter in a schoolyard.
 An elderly woman falls over in a crowded room, moments later we see her elderly husband go to a hospital, where he sees his adult son and the two enter a room where we see a girl kissing the elderly woman on the arm (she appears to be sleeping). An elderly man shouts out in pain and he holds his neck; we see him being wheeled into an ambulance, he waves goodbye and later appears unharmed, but in a neck brace.
 A doctor tells an elderly woman and her elderly husband that she is dying. An elderly husband warns his elderly wife that she cannot even "sit up." A doctor apologizes to an elderly woman, saying that she has been "poked and prodded" in the past week; we see the elderly woman in a hospital gown and wheelchair. An older woman asks her elderly husband if he is going to give her a kiss, saying that she "might not wake up tomorrow." A woman is startled by an elderly man on two occasions.
 A woman jokingly tells an older man not to "throw his back out" when he throws his hat down dramatically. As a joke, two older women put lipstick on an elderly man's mouth as he sleeps. A man acts like he is choking as his daughter feeds him cake batter. A girl jokingly tells her elderly grandfather, using crude language, that his elderly wife had told him that she needed to defecate.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 15 sexual references, an elderly man unknowingly uses an obscene hand gesture, 5 scatological terms (2 mild), 2 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (proper ugly, flaming nuisances, a nightmare, recluse, puffed-up pigeon, the cat's mother, lunatics, naughty, annoying and needy, unruly [scatological term deleted] little boys, spinster), exclamations (bloody, sodding, blasted), 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - An older woman drinks from a small bottle of wine. Throughout the movie we see an elderly man smoking cigarettes, and a woman chides an older man for smoking indoors.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The death of a spouse, grief, struggling with grief, parent-child conflict, support systems, overcoming loss, forgiveness, Acapella groups.

MESSAGE - The death of a spouse can be very difficult.

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