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Away We Go [2009] [R] - 8.2.6



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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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An unmarried couple (Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski) becomes pregnant and they travel around the country visiting friends and family while looking for a new city where they can raise their child. Also with Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton and Chris Messina. Directed by Sam Mendes. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man and a woman are in bed together and the woman is on her back and the man is on top of her, under a blanket: the man begins to perform oral sex on her (we hear kissing and they both make moaning noises), the man stops, remarks about the woman's flavor and what different "vaginal flavors" mean.
 A married woman kisses a man goodbye passionately on the lips. A couple lies in bed and they hold each other. A man holds a woman in bed and rubs her bare pregnant stomach. A woman kisses her male cousin hello, on the lips. A married couple kisses tenderly. A man kisses his girlfriend good morning.
 A woman tells a man how to perform oral sex on her. A man asks a woman if she wants to have sex. A man and a woman talk about not hiding their lovemaking from their children. A man and a woman talk about having sex in front of their children. A woman tells another woman that sex is "so great" when you're 6 months pregnant. A man mentions "oedipal" and refers to a condition where a woman wants to "do her father." A man and a woman discuss the sexuality and breeding habits of seahorses. A man and a woman talk about subjects relating to sex and pregnancy and caress and kiss lightly as they do. A man mentions oral pleasure. A woman claims she had an orgasm when giving birth. A woman complains she's tired of not having sex. A woman discusses not wanting to have sex while she is pregnant. A man and a woman discuss not having sex in a month. A man tells a woman that no matter how much weight she gains, that he'll love her even if he can't find her vagina (he says this multiple times). A man and a woman talk in multiple scenes about her vagina and breasts. A woman tells a man not to look at her sister's "boobs." In multiple scenes, various people discuss a woman's "tilted uterus." A woman talks openly about her breasts, using a crude term. A woman talks about having nice breasts in the past, using a crude term. A woman talks about her breasts, using a crude term, being hairy and looking like an old man's testicles (again using a crude term). A woman talks about having to "tuck 'em into my socks" (meaning her breasts). A woman talks about another woman having "enormous" breasts. A woman discusses giving birth in a tub while firemen assisted her in her delivery (she mentions her legs were far apart and "they were all over me"). A woman talks about breast-feeding another woman's child without her permission. A woman mentions being "engorged with milk." A woman talks about another woman going on the birth control pill and a man asks, "Why don't you go on the pill?" A woman says, "Let Mommy put her boobies back in" (meaning into a shirt). A woman tells friends to look at her pre-teen daughter's buttocks (using a crude term) remarking that the girl has "junk in the trunk." A man mentions swimming naked. A woman talks about a past experience, asking, "Was I topless?"
 A woman walks past a man and the man "mimes" that the woman has large breasts.
 A woman calls her pre-teen daughter a derogatory term for gay multiple times and tells her to walk in front of company and to "go all butch on us." A woman asks another woman if she worked with a lesbian and uses a derogatory term."
 In a nightclub/strip club scene we see bare-chested men dance on a stage. A woman dances fully-clothed around a "stripper pole" in an exotic dance club; the dance is not sexual but melancholic, and we see tears in the woman's eyes. A woman is seen breast-feeding two children, one on each breast: one is an infant, and the other perhaps 4 or 5 years old (we see the sides of her bare breasts). A woman's bare, pregnant stomach is seen in multiple scenes. Pregnant women in unitards do aerobics on an exercise tape.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman slaps a man in the face and he falls off a bed (he is not injured). A man speaks on a cell phone while walking backwards, falls over a small retaining wall and jumps back up (he is not injured). A man puts a child in a stroller -- the child's parents yell for him to stop -- and he pushes the child around a dining room table in an erratic manner.
 A small child -- maybe 5 or 6 years old -- talks about putting a pillow over a baby's face in order to suffocate it. A woman directs a comment towards another woman by referring to African-Americans as "your people." A man gets angry and yells at a man and a woman calling them names and "terrible people." A woman asks a pregnant woman, "How black do you think she'll be?" (meaning the baby). A woman talks about her and her husband almost leaving each other a dozen times. A man tells another man that he lied to his daughter to spare her feelings about her mother leaving (her grandfather has died and this is why she left). A man jokingly says that it would it be wrong to tell his daughter that her mother has been murdered. A woman says jokingly to a man, I'm going to kill you." A man talks about 14 year old girls getting pregnant "without trying." A man mentions abortion. A man asks a woman if she wants to trade in her own baby for an adopted one. A man makes a woman promise that if he dies a "ridiculous death" that she'll tell their daughter that he was killed by "Russian soldiers saving 850 Chechnyan orphans." A woman says, "I feel so ugly." A woman talks about giving birth in a hospital and of the stirrups, machines and drugs that are involved.
 Two sisters hold each other in an empty bathtub and cry when they speak of their deceased parents. A woman is sad when she reminisces about her past and her deceased parents. A woman cries when she returns to her childhood home. A man talks about his wife having a fifth miscarriage, he says that he doesn't know whether to "name them or bury them" and cries about his and his wife's inability to have their own children. A man's wife has left him; he is upset and says his daughter wants to know where her mother is. A man says his daughter will come to be known as "the girl without a mom." A man and a woman cry and hold each other and the man promises to never leave "this baby." A man is upset with his parents when they tell him they're moving away.
 A woman creates a drawing of a sub dermal hematoma of the brain (we see her use red ink to represent blood) and she remarks, "I just made this guy's brain look like a vulva." A woman says she "paints the insides of dead people." A man mentions having his frontal lobe chopped off.
 A man mentions vomiting in two scenes. A man says his child "puked."

PROFANITY 6 - About 15 F-words, 8 scatological terms, 18 anatomical terms, 39 sexual references, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (dummy, looney tunes, lunatic), 12 religious exclamations, 6 religious profanities. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine, beer and various alcoholic beverages (including from a flask in a moving car) throughout the film, and in one scene, a man chugs a bottle of beer.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Pregnancy, sex, unmarried couples becoming pregnant, bonds between two people in a long-term relationship, living together and raising a family without being married, children, road trips, visiting different cities (Miami, Montreal, Phoenix, Madison), looking for a new city to "start a new life" in, air travel, train travel, deceased parents, sisterly bonds, breasts and vaginas, topics relating to pregnancy and childbirth, miscarriage, adoption, parenthood, indecision, fears and concerns about becoming new parents, abandonment.

MESSAGE - Having a new baby comes with a roller coaster of emotions, and friends and family are always ready with advice and suggestions -- both kooky and sound; it's having a good and supportive partner that keeps you grounded and sane.

Special Keywords: S8 - V2 - P6 - MPAAR

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