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Union Square | 2012 | R | - 3.3.8

An anxious, straight-laced woman (Tammy Blanchard) is surprised when she gets an unexpected visit from her estranged sister (Mira Sorvino), who has news that will upset her plans to finally settle down with her long-time fiancé (Christopher Backus). Also with Patti LuPone and Michael Rispoli. Directed by Nancy Savoca. [1:20]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman dances suggestively with a man and we see them kissing passionately as they continue to dance. A man wraps his arms around a woman in bed (they are both fully clothed). A man wraps his arms around a woman's waist.
 A woman asks a man (using crude terms) through a closed bathroom door if he is masturbating and another woman is horrified when she hears the woman's question. A woman crudely jokes that she is a "vegetarian virgin," looks at her sister's boyfriend and remarks that it is the "only type of virgin" she is.
 A woman models a top for her sister, she pulls down a zipper to expose her cleavage (we see her bra), then asks, "Too much boobage?" and moments later the woman zips up the top to cover her cleavage as a man walks into the room.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman tearfully stands at the edge of a bridge as her sister watches (it is implied that the woman is going to kill herself); the two women cry and the woman steps down from the edge of the bridge and walks away unharmed.
 An older woman jokingly snaps a lighter at a young boy and a girl; the boy jumps back and the older woman laughs. A frustrated woman kicks over a bag. A woman wakes up with a start and gasps.
 A man warns his young son that if he pulls on a dog's ears that the dog will bite him. A woman screams at her sister, grabbing her shoulders and shaking her. A woman screams at her sister, shouting that she did not know that her mother was ill. We frequently see a woman shouting angrily during a phone conversation with an unseen man. A woman is upset by a phone call; she hangs up and cries in the middle of the sidewalk. A woman watches a television show where a woman threatens to harm another woman. Two women discuss how their mother had frequently tried to kill herself when they were children; one of the women discusses how she had turned off the gas and hid the razors and pills, in order to save their mother. A woman describes to her sister how their mother had killed herself with morphine after she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. A woman tells her sister that their mother had died; the woman then implies that the woman had killed herself after being diagnosed with cancer. A woman tells her sister that a dog becomes depressed when not near her. A woman tells her sister that she feels "burnt out." A woman tells her sister that a dog will not urinate on the floor.
 A woman spits as she brushes her teeth on two occasions; we do not see the spittle but we hear the sound of her spitting.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 32 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 18 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, frigid psycho [mild obscenity deleted], kooks, hypochondriac), exclamations (shut up), a woman watches a television show where a group of characters shout obscenities that are bleeped out, 5 religious profanities, 18 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman gives another woman a pill and says that it will "knock her out," we see a woman dig through another woman's purse for a pill and she takes it, and a woman tells a man that she used to be a drug addict and had friends who did drugs. A woman drinks liquor to the point of drunkenness, a woman drinks liquor and stumbles slightly as she stands up, a man offers a woman and another man liquor and wine at dinner, a woman and a man drink wine with dinner, a woman implies that she wants to drink alcohol instead of tea offered to her by her sister, and a woman asks a man if he can pick up wine. We see a video of an older woman smoking a cigarette, on two occasions we see two women try to light cigarettes, a woman chides two women not to smoke inside, and a man tells a woman that her hair smells like "booze and cigarettes."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fidelity in marriage, death of a parent, estrangement from family members, disappointment, depression, suicide.

MESSAGE - Familial bonds are very strong and can overcome many obstacles.

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