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Woman Thou Art Loosed | 2004 | R | - 6.8.4

Adapted from Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, it describes the efforts of a woman who has endured abuse as a child to come to terms with her memories, and the consequences of her ordeal. With Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Debbi Morgan, Michael Boatman and Clifton Powell. Directed by Michael Schultz. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A much older man kisses a young girl, tries to pull off her clothing, pushes her into her bedroom, closes the door and we hear her screaming and protesting as he rapes her (we later see the girl cowering in the closet with a blood-stained dress). A woman has flashbacks of a man being abusive to her and forcing sex on her; we see the man hit the woman, throw her on a bed, and thrust from behind while she screams). Another flashback shows a man (bare-chested) thrusting on top of a woman who appears to be nearly comatose from drugs. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A man smacks a woman on her clothed buttock. A male hairdresser is portrayed as being stereotypically effeminate. A woman admires a younger man. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A much older man kisses a young girl, tries to pull off her clothing, pushes her into her bedroom, closes the door and we hear her screaming and protesting as he rapes her (we later see the girl cowering in the closet with a blood-stained dress). A woman has flashbacks of a man being abusive to her and forcing sex on her; we see the man hit the woman, throw her on a bed, and thrust from behind while she screams). A woman shoots a man to death (we see bloody bullet holes in his chest), the man falls to the floor and people in an auditorium run and scream. A woman in a crowded audience shoots a gun three times toward a stage. A man hits a woman in the face, she hits him back, and he beats her up while she lies on the ground. A man holds a gun to a man's head, pulls the trigger twice, (there are no bullets in the two chambers), and then shoots at him three times as he runs away. A man pulls a knife and threatens a woman with it. A man threatens two women with a gun. A woman hits a man repeatedly and yells at him, confronting him over raping her daughter. A woman talks about having been raped by her father. A man threatens to hit a woman. A girl tells her mother that her mother's boyfriend raped her, but her mother does not believe her. We hear a report about cases of abuse of women. We see a woman convulsing after taking too many drugs. A woman talks about having had her childhood stolen from her. A woman tells stories of the abuse she endured while in prison (they are not true). A woman tells a man that he has to move out of her house and she yells at him. We hear about how a man would get women addicted to drugs and that they would have to pay off their debt by dancing in his strip club. We see a woman in a jail cell.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 4 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol and smoking crack.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sexual abuse, rape, pedophilia, physical abuse, drug abuse, prison, parole, divorce, living together, being alone, first loves, passing judgment on others, trust, rehabilitation, hypocrisy, halfway houses, hope, chaos, remorse, honesty, fresh starts, isolation, second chances.

MESSAGE - What does not kill us makes us stronger.

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