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(2009)

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Sex & Nudity

  • The phenomena of sex and getting pregnant is explained with cartoons in non graphic way.
  • There is some very brief cartoon nudity when Max is shown naked on a desert island. His genitals are seen entirely, but from a distance.
  • There is a reference to someone's "wife's new breasts"
  • Mary asks questions about sex and "Where do babies come from?" in her first letter's written to Max. She misspells "vagina" and spells it "vergina" and talks about how she knows "sexing" and asking if babies come from bottles or nuns or eggs
  • Max gives a few explanations about where babies come from and one involves prostitutes laying eggs. Max also mentions having worked in a condom factory.
  • There is implied sex between Mary and Damien after they are married.
  • There are some pictures displaying women's breasts in some areas of the film but not graphic as it is not very noticeable

Violence & Gore

  • A mime artist is crushed by a large AC machine, cracks are seen in the side walk and a pool of blood is seen around his head, but it is hard to identify as Max's scenes are black and white.
  • Len, Mary's neighbour had his legs bitten off by piranha in WW2. A piranha is seen with a severed leg in its mouth and blood is spraying out of the wound, not very graphic but done in a comedic way.

Profanity

  • Some mild cursing in the narrative, but nothing that most kids don't already know, and most parents are likely to find tolerable.
  • Inside the train Max usually rides with there are two '"f" words written on the walls but it's hard to notice.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Mary's mother is shown drinking and smoking in most of her scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Scenes involving the death of some of Max's pets may be too brutal for very young children (seeing his pet goldfish floating in its bowl, then scooped-up and flushed down the toilet) to understand the dark comedy inherent in them.
  • Scenes with Max talking about his illness (Asperger's), being in a mental health unit / psychiactric unit may also be too dark for some children to grasp the fundamentals of. Max is a pitiful human being, but he has issues that he discusses and pokes fun at, in order to cope with his life and lack of friends. Sometimes this includes scenes of him talking about death, talking to non-existant friends, and dreaming of alternate realities in which he is loved and accepted like other, "normal" people. The tone can be quite dark and brooding at times, even when a scene involves a lot of comedy.

Spoilers

The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • Mary's husband leaves her for a man in New Zealand, admitting his homosexuality to her through a letter.

Violence & Gore

  • Mary contemplates suicide at one point in the film and is shown with a noose around her neck and a handful of pills.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Mary drinks, as an adult, later in the film.
  • Mary finds a bottle of her mother's Valium and takes a handful.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene with Mary attempting suicide while pregnant might be disturbing and intense for some younger audience.
  • Max dies in the end just when Mary is about to visit him. This ending is extremely sad and emotional. A bit too tragic for a younger audience. Despite this, the ending is beautiful.

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