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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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MPAA Rating: R

Woody Allen comedy about two neurotic New York comedy writers, an experienced one (Allen) and an aspiring one (Jason Biggs), and their relationship. The older one mentors the younger one while they walk in Central Park, explaining that to move forward one has to do some leaving (useless agents, uncommunicative analysts, grating girlfriends). Meanwhile Biggs' character falls in love with a free-spirited young woman (Christina Ricci). Also with Stockard Channing and Danny DeVito. Directed by Woody Allen. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - There's little nudity, but there are several explicit conversations about sex. A man and a woman kiss passionately, she wraps her legs around his waist and they continue to kiss. A man and a woman kiss and lie back in a bed, they get out of bed and continue kissing and he kisses down her neck. Also a man and a woman kiss in bed. A man and a woman kiss several times. A man and a woman lie in bed together, presumably after having had sex (we see her bare shoulders and part of his bare chest). A woman invites a man to join her in a rest room for a sexual encounter. A doctor examines a woman in a hospital and touches her breasts repeatedly (she's wearing a bra). A man caresses a woman and she pulls away. A woman talks about having slept with another man and gives details, and a woman talks about having had sex with another man in many places in Europe. A man describes an erotic fantasy, and two men talk about masturbation. A man flirts with a woman. We hear that a man has bite marks on his back from a sexual encounter. A man reminisces about having had sex with a woman in many unusual locales. A woman wears panties and a tight T-shirt that reveal the outline of her breasts and nipples. Women wear low-cut dresses in several scenes that reveal cleavage. A woman talks about a diet pill increasing her sex drive.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man talks about having shot and killed a man. A man breaks the windshield and windows of a car with a tire iron. A man yells at a man, he stumbles down a stair case holding his chest and collapses on the floor. Three men argue over a parking space and two threaten the other. A woman has a panic attack and gasps for air. A man makes a reference to people having been told that they were "going to showers" in Auschwitz. A man says "I should commit suicide." A man talks about having hit another man on the head with a fire extinguisher. A man says he heard another man say "Jews start all wars." People bicker and argue throughout the movie.

PROFANITY 4 - 3 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 30 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Psychoanalysis, neuroses, depression, comedy writing, paranoia, Nazis, Hitler, anti-Semitism, atheism, relationships, divorce, lust, infidelity, fear of death, fear of being alone, jealousy, humiliation, competition, passion, rejection, sexual dysfunction.

MESSAGE - A man's place in the universe is what he makes of it. To be sort of happy in life you have to do what you want, not what other people tell you to do.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, snorting cocaine, taking sleeping pills and anti-depressants.)

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