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(I) (2015)

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Certification

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MPAA Rated R for language
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Sex & Nudity

  • Ma is in the shower. We see her silhouette behind the door.
  • Ma takes off pants (cant see anything) but hear moaning in the background
  • Ma and Jack are seen in the bathtub together, we see bare shoulders and bare legs.
  • Ma's nipples are visible through her shirt as she stretches
  • Ma is bra-less the entirety of their morning routine, providing the camera with many nipple shots for the viewer (note she is wearing a shirt)
  • A young boy is seen frequently in his underwear. In one scene his mother removes his wet underwear. No nudity is shown.
  • references to rape

Violence & Gore

  • In the scene Ma makes Jack pretends that he is sick, she sticks her fingers down her own throat and we see vomit on Jack's pillow.
  • A boy sees a woman lying on a bathroom floor unconscious from an apparent suicide attempt.
  • Sexual violence is heavily implied but never shown on screen.
  • In one scene, Old Nick chokes Joy after she tries to protect Jack from him. There are bruises seen on her neck the next morning.

Profanity

  • 10 uses of "fuck"
  • Some milder language includes uses of "Jesus", "bitch", and "God"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The premise of the film itself is highly disturbing, with a woman being forced to raise a child in a confined space after being kidnapped. Ma is raped on a regular basis, and she hides Jack in a wardrobe whenever Old Nick visits so that he does not have to see what he does to her.
  • When Jack leaves the wardrobe and wakes up Old Nick, Ma panics and attempts to shield Jack from him, Old Nick responds by choking her and threatening to murder her.
  • The scenes where Ma prepares Jack for an escape from Room and sends him out to get help are extremely intense and immensely harrowing.
  • Joy and Jack's reorientation to freedom is disorienting, especially for the boy. Unfortunately, that includes Jack having to receive multiple injections in relatively rapid succession to properly vaccinate him and it is obviously an unpleasant experience for him, albeit with his mother comforting him as best she can.
  • Despite the emotional intensity and the more disturbing elements of the film, it is nonetheless a triumphant and inspiring film about the power of love.

Spoilers

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Violence & Gore

  • In the scene where Ma overdoses on pills, we see drool coming out of her mouth and vomit on the floor.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is a attempted suicide with pills
  • Ma attempts suicide by overdosing on antidepressants

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In one scene, Jack manages to play dead and get out of the carpet he is wrapped in as he is being transported by Old Nick in the back of a pickup truck. Although Jack is severely disoriented by the experience of being outside for the first time in his life, he manages to pull himself together to jump off and plead for help from a passing stranger. Although Old Nick tries to grab him, the pedestrian realizes enough of the situation to scare off Old Nick and call the police. When the police arrive, they interview the boy who manages to provide enough information for a successful search and rescue for Joy that night.
  • Ma attempts suicide by overdosing on pills. Jack discovers her laying on the bathroom floor and begins screaming and crying. This is very upsetting.

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