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Yossi | 2013 | NR | - 8.2.4

The sequel to the 2011 coming of age love story between two men, "Yossi & Jagger," finds Dr. Yossi Hoffman (Ohad Knoller) mourning the loss of his lover, Jagger. While on a vacation, Yossi meets a young soldier (Oz Zahavi) and finds a new lease on life. Also with Lior Ashkenazi and Meir Golan. Directed by Eytan Fox. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A young man asks a man if he is okay to have sex or kiss after he had injured his foot; the man criticizes the young man saying that he could have kissed another man and the two men kiss passionately and are then shown in bed together, kissing; the young man undresses the man slowly, the man turns off the lights, the young man continually turns the lights back on and the man tells the young man he cannot "do this" (implied sex) with the lights on; the young man takes off his clothing and we see the profile of the young man's genitals, bare chest and back, the man takes off his shirt (his bare chest and back are visible) and pants (we see the man from the shoulders-up) and the two men embrace and we see their bare buttocks as they hug.
 A man instructs a woman to unbutton another man's shirt, the man then pulls open the woman's shirt as the man watches, the man lifts the other man's hand and places it on the woman's breast, he removes the woman's shirt (bare breasts are visible) and they kiss as the second man stands behind the woman, touching the man's neck; he then runs his hands down the man's back, and the man leaves the room, leaving the topless woman and man to continue kissing passionately. A woman kisses a man's face as he sleeps and the man wakes up and pushes the woman's face and arm away; the woman apologizes, saying she thought the man might have wanted her to kiss him.
 We see a shirtless man with a towel around his waist (his bare chest and back are visible) and he invites another man into his apartment; in the apartment, we see numerous pictures of nude men, a man holding his hand over his genitals and a very blurry photo of what appears to be male genitalia when the man asks the other man to "go down on him" and we hear the man unbuttoning his jeans (no nudity or sex is shown).
 We see a man watching a pornographic video featuring two men kissing passionately and we see clips of the video: The two men grab one another sexually, we see their bare backs and chest, and one of the men grabs the man's buttocks, pulling down the man's underwear (we see a portion of the man's bare buttocks); the man watching the pornographic movie is implied to be masturbating silently and we hear the sexual moans of the pornographic video.
 A man visits a pornographic website where we see photographs of shirtless men with their bare chests visible and we see one man's bare buttocks on screen; the man begins a chat with another man and it is implied that the chat is to "hook up."
 We see a man walk out of a shower and his bare buttocks, back and a profile of his genitals are shown standing in front of another man. A young man takes off his clothing, including his underwear and we see his bare buttocks as he runs into the ocean. Several young women perform a show and they lift their legs to expose their brief-style underwear as a part of a dance; one young woman spins around and her brief-style underwear is visible. We see a woman take off her shirt (her bare back is visible and a portion of her chest, but not her breasts) as a female nurse performs an ECHO on her. We see several young men in a swimming pool with their bare chests and backs visible, including one of the young men taking off his robe and his bare chest is visible. We see men and women wearing robes at a spa. A young man gets out of a swimming pool and we see another man examining him, touching his back and chest.
 A young man teases another young man, mocking his sexuality when the young man selects a CD to play in a car; the young man jokes that he could be "more gay" and touches the other young man's face. A young woman sings a song with sexualized lyrics, saying that she had not slept with a man yet, but would like to in the future. A man confronts another man, saying that he had heard that the man does not like women; the man asks the other man to "drop it."
 A man describes to another man using graphic terms having a wild sexual night with a woman, asking a man if he had recently had sex; the man then graphically describes how he wishes that the woman (we see her drinking a bottle of beer) treated his genitals like she did the bottle and the man walks away after telling the other man that he will have a woman perform oral sex on him tonight. Several young men joke and tease one another; one of the young men teases another, saying he is a virgin and it is unhealthy because his genitals will shrink, another young man makes a crude sexual joke about another young man's mother and the young men then make crude sexual moaning noises as they joke that they would have sex with a young man's mother. A young man makes a crude remark about a man's genitals. A man tells an older man and a woman that he and their child had a "special" relationship; the man implies that they had been romantically involved, including telling the couple that he had kissed their son as he was dying. A man jokingly teases a woman and a man that were talking, saying they should "get a room." A young man teases another young man, saying that he had caused a woman to choke the last time they had kissed.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We see doctors and nurses in an operating room, and a person is on the operating table as a doctor watches an EKG screen; the doctor injects a tube and a second doctor shouts for him to stop because there is air in the tube, the man on the operating table gasps for air as another doctor puts an oxygen mask over him and we later hear the two doctors discuss how the male patient was unharmed. A young man shouts in pain as he stands in the ocean; we later see a man wrapping the young man's foot, explaining that he stood on a sea urchin.
 A sleeping man wakes up when a woman kisses his face and he swings his arms around and pushes her away; the woman clutches her arm in pain, the man apologizes and the woman dismisses the injury, saying she is not harmed.
 A woman tells a doctor that she had a son that was killed, and that she calculates other younger people's ages based on the age of her dead son. A man tells another man (both doctors) that they will be performing heart surgery together. A doctor asks a woman for her family history of illness and the woman explains that her parents had died many years before. A woman tells a doctor that she had previously had a heart attack. A young man teases another young man, saying that he had caused a woman to choke the last time they had kissed.
 A man angrily bangs on a vending machine, then asks another man to help him and we see both men hit the vending machine. Several young men in a car with a man explain that they could be subjected to a week of confinement if their military superior had found out they hitchhiked. Two young men laugh and playfully slap one another and one young man throws a bag of chips at another young man.
 A man looks at photographs of himself as a younger man, holding a large gun.
 We hear a man urinating (we see him from the chest up); we do not see the urination.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 5 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 6 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (stupid, sad and lonely, sweetie [said sarcastically], klutz, fraud, virgin, nuts, idiot), exclamations (shut up).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see a man's back and hear a snorting noise (it is implied that the man was snorting drugs but we do not see anything) until he is interrupted and chided by another man (we see a small amount of white powder on the man's nose). Two men drink wine together, we see men and women at a bar, men are show drinking hard liquor at a bar, and a young man tells a man that he and four other young men drank excessively the previous night and are now "hung over." A woman smokes a cigarette on two occasions, we see cigarette smoke rise from a crowd at a bar, and a woman tells a doctor that she smokes cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mandatory military time, death of a loved one, grief, being openly gay, being gay in the military, struggling to find happiness

MESSAGE - It can be very difficult to overcome a relationship when a person is not comfortable with their sexuality.

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