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The Bachelor



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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

A content bachelor learns he has 24 hours to get married if he wants to receive a $100 million inheritance from his recently deceased grandfather. With Chris O'Donnell, Renée Zellweger, Brooke Shields, Artie Lange, Ed Asner, James Cromwell, Hal Holbrook, Marnie Alexenburg, T.L. Brooke, Mariah Carey, Stacy Edwards, Jennifer Esposito, Rebecca Gray, Brian Leonard, Marley Shelton, Sarah Silverman and Katharine Towne. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual innuendo and kissing. Suggestive dancing in one scene. A woman grabs her clothed breasts in an effort to entice a man. A woman's nipples are vaguely seen through her top, a woman wears a bustier and garters, another wears only a garter belt and stockings (no nudity is visible) and we see many women in cleavage-revealing outfits.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is "karate-chopped" several times, a woman slaps a man and a woman chokes a man. Some scuffles/tussles while potential brides fight over a potential groom, a man is pulled off his seat with a lasso and falls hard and women chase a man and we see a stampeding group of brides.

PROFANITY 6 - One F-word (plus a few times someone starts to say the F-word but only gets as far as the first two letters), a profane finger gesture, a few anatomical references, many scatological references and many mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, bachelorhood, inheritance.

MESSAGE - Don't think of commitment as a four-letter word.

Special Keywords: S3 - V3 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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