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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Julia Roberts stars as the sister and personal assistant to a beautiful and demanding super-super star, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. When she dutifully accepts the task of helping her celebrated boss through one last public appearance accompanied by her estranged (and equally luminous) husband (John Cusack), her life takes an unscheduled romantic turn. Billy Crystal co-stars as a legendary press agent who's responsible for putting the whole shindig together. Also with Hank Azaria, Stanley Tucci, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Seth Green. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and woman kiss romantically and she massages his crotch with her foot. A man and woman kiss on a bed and then lie back; we see them the next morning apparently after having had sex. A man and woman kiss in front of a room full of reporters. A woman in a cabaret costume (which exposes lots of cleavage and thigh) dances suggestively and climbs on a man's lap wiggling her hips. A man thrusts his hips toward a woman a few times. A man, seen on a security camera, is thought to be masturbating. There are several discussions of masturbation: with security guards, a woman on the phone, and on national TV. A man makes references to two men and a woman having sex together. There are several references to a man's endowment. A man and woman kiss romantically in scenes from a movie. A man and woman kiss and hug (in friendship) a few times. A woman is shown in a bathtub covered to the shoulders in bubbles. While changing her clothes we see a woman in her bra. A woman's bathrobe drops open revealing part of her bra covered breast. We see a woman in low cut, cleavage-revealing evening gowns several times. A woman is seen in a nurse's uniform which is partly unzipped in the front revealing the top of a lacy bra and some cleavage. A dog nuzzles a man's crotch and he instructs the dog to "move to the left."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man imagines shooting a woman several times (we see blood spray and she falls to the ground). A man drives his motorcycle through a restaurant window and nearly hits two people. A man is hit in the face with a restaurant tray and we see his bruised nose and eye. A man tackles a man and they land on a restaurant table causing food and dishes to crash to the floor; they wrestle around a bit more. A man stands on a roof (the people below think he's going to kill himself), he slides down when he is knocked by a door and eventually dangles from a fire hose. A man throws a glass of water on a man's face. A man grabs another man by the collar and threatens to kill him. A man talks about putting a gun down his throat. A man pounds a phone onto a chair and yanks it by the cord. A man yells in frustration and anger. A dog attacks a window washer and drags him off screen; the dog lunges at a man's crotch, and growls at a man a couple of times. A man is beaned with a golf ball. A man throws jars of pills at a man. A man falls on a cactus and gets spines in his crotch.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 17 scatological terms, 7 sexual references, 16 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, 1 obscure anatomical reference, 2 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations, insults, name-calling and one obscene hand gesture. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Broken marriages, infidelity, celebrity, treatment centers for mental illness, betrayal, jealousy, psychoses, bestiality, herbal medications, bribery, publicity, nervous breakdowns, time travel, love.

MESSAGE - Listen to your heart. Be real.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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