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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material

Sex & Nudity

  • Stephen & Jane kiss in his dorm room.
  • Stephen & Jane kiss in the bed in their home, but nothing else.
  • Stephen & Prof Sciama talk about a bet for a subscription to Penthouse.
  • A woman finds a Penthouse magazine in a man's mail and opens it; she places it on a pedestal and flips the pages so that the man can see the pictures and we see a photo of a fully nude woman lying on her stomach (her bare shoulders, back and the side of her breast, nipple and buttocks are seen. However, the scene is quick and it's hard to see anything other than the side of her breast). A young man is shown in a bathtub and his bare back, chest and shoulders are visible.
  • A husband and his wife kiss while seated in bed. A husband and his wife lie in bed and she caresses his cheek. A young man holds a young woman's hand and they dance followed by a kiss. A man and a woman hug and kiss. A young man and a young woman kiss. A husband and his wife kiss at their wedding.
  • A husband tells his wife that he has asked another woman to travel with him and care for him. A young man asks another young man if his genitals work and the second man replies that it's "a different system." A young man asks another young man if he has a venereal disease. A comment is made about a man having an affair. A comment is made about a man probably being gay, "judging from his jumper." Two young men talk about a subscription to Penthouse magazine.

Violence & Gore

  • To diagnosis his health problem, we see in close up detail of a doctor performing a lumbar puncture on Stephen.


  • 1 use of shit, bitch, tits and sod 2 uses of damn
  • Stephen states "Tits up." as to express a message of it gets messed up.
  • Two uses of "damn" and 1 utterance of "sod off".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol consumption is often portrayed, but only in a social setting. No characters become intoxicated.
  • Some characters are briefly shown smoking cigarettes.
  • No illegal drug use is shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Violence & Gore

  • Likely because of his early symptoms of Motor neuron disease / amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Stephen trips and falls and his face hits the floor. He is seen with a black eye and stitches in the next scene.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The unpleasant effects of Motor neuron disease / amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are a central part of the storyline. The deterioration of Stephen's body is clearly and accurately portrayed. His near-death from pneumonia,and the tracheotomy that followed, are portrayed.

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