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Across the Universe

Flower power blooms in this movie musical about Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), two lovers caught up in the 1960s' Cultural Revolution and protesting the Vietnam War. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Run Time: 133
Theater Release: 18 Oct 2007
Video Release: 04 Feb 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Across the Universe Rated PG-13?

Using a script peppered with strong profanities and an extreme sexual expletive, this film delves into the drug scene of the sixties, showing repeated uses of illegal substances, cigarettes and alcohol. Sparked by strong feeling of anti-war sentiment, the characters also participate in protests that involve gun violence, bloody injuries, police enforcement and vandalism. Depictions of the war in Vietnam include soldiers under fire, bombing raids and the corpses of thinly clothed, disfigured women. Nudity, consisting of female and male buttock nudity along with female frontal shots, is seen in both sexual and non-sexual scenarios. Conversations dealing with a woman’s anatomy, war crimes, illegitimate children and death are also contained in the film.

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