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Wonderstruck | 2017 | PG | - 2.2.1

A boy (Oakes Fegley) in 1977 searches for his father after his mother dies in an accident; and a girl (Millicent Simmonds) in 1927 searches for a way to get away from her mother and father. When their paths cross they realize that they are getting closer to finding what's missing from their lives. Also with Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith, Jaden Michael, Tom Noonan and Michelle Williams. Directed by Todd Haynes. [1:57]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A teenage girl wears a tank top with no bra (we see the shape of her nipples through the fabric). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Women wear tank tops, shorts, halter tops, crop tops and short dresses that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and shoulders. A couple of men are shown shirtless on streets and playing basketball. Teen boys are shirtless on the streets in a busy city and they are shown playing in the water that sprays out of a fire hydrant. We see a nude bronze statue of a male and genitals are evident. A boy's pants sit low on his hips and we see a bit of his buttock cleavage.
 A theater marquee reads, "Captain Lust XXX."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A boy using the telephone is zapped when lightning strikes the telephone cables outside the house and falls unconscious; we see him in the hospital later and the boy has lost his ability to hear. A teenage girl is nearly run down by a horse and carriage and falls back onto the sidewalk in a busy city; a man helps her up and gives her directions.
 A man steals a boy's wallet on a sidewalk in a busy city; the boy chases the man and the man drops the wallet but it is empty of money. A boy goes into his mother's house (she died in an accident), hears music playing in her room and sees who he thinks is his mom smoking in the room but it is a teenage girl and the boy yells at her. A man yells at his teenage daughter about being in trouble because she needs to study for her tutor (she is hearing impaired). A man yells at his dog for barking.
 A boy runs away from a hospital and his aunt yells at hospital staff when she finds out what has happened. A teenage girl sneaks into a theater and watches performers on stage; she bumps into a ladder and a light bulb falls on the floor and shatters interrupting the actors; one of the actresses escorts the girl to her dressing room and yells at her (she is the girl's mother). A man yells at his teenage daughter who storms out of the room and runs away. Two boys argue and one leaves.
 A boy has nightmares where he runs through the snow barefoot and he hears the low growling and snarling of wolves chasing him in several scenes. A rat crawls out of a hole on a sidewalk and startles a boy who backs into another boy who tells him, "Watch it." A teen girl hides in a museum from police until a man takes her into his office. Two boys hide in a museum at night as a guard makes his rounds. The lights go out in a big city and we hear that there is a city-wide blackout.
 We see a newspaper article of a woman dying in a car accident. A pre-teen boy yells at a younger boy and says, "Are you deaf?" and then makes the shape of a rifle with his hands and pretends to shoot him. The name of a town is Gunflint and we see a school bus labeled Gunflint Elementary. A young boy asks his mother if his father was an astronomer and they argue because she won't talk to him about his father. A young girl writes, "Help Me" on a piece of paper, folds it into a boat and sets it into a body of water. A scene in a silent movie shows a woman carrying an infant through a storm and the woman falls to her knees when the roof of her cabin blows off. Two boys run through a museum and one takes the other's wallet and teases him with it. A woman talks about her husband dying. A woman talks about her son dying.
 A van swerves through a city street chased by a police car.
 A teenage girl cuts her long hair off with large sheers. A teenage girl tears a page out of a magazine and runs out of the shop chased by the proprietor.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Exclamations (shut-up, jeez), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks from a glass of alcohol in his apartment. A woman smokes a cigarette in her room, and people are shown smoking cigarettes in a bus terminal and on the streets in several scenes in both the 1927 and the 1977 settings.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a parent, family, hearing impaired children, silent movies transition to talking pictures, divorce, the World's Fair, trust, scandal.

MESSAGE - Searching for family can help with grieving.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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