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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Comedy with Ice Cube as a man who inherits a struggling barber shop on the south side of Chicago from his father, sells it to a local loan shark, and begins to regret it when he misses the eccentric, colorful characters for whom the barbershop was a second home. Also with Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas and Troy Garity. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and woman kiss passionately, we see their tongues briefly and the man slaps the woman's buttock. A man and a woman kiss several times. A man kisses a woman's neck and she appears to be enjoying it. A bare-chested man answers a door and a woman sneaks out from under his bed (it is suggested that they have had sex). The camera lingers on a woman's buttocks and men admire her. Women wear form-fitting outfits that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens. We see a poster of women in tiny bikinis that expose cleavage, bare abdomens and bare legs. A group of men discuss "the ratio," that is, the perfect dimensions of a female body. A man kisses a woman's pregnant abdomen.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman punches another woman and shoves her to the floor, and a man punches a man in the face. A man chases another man, catches him, punches him and yells at him. A man chases another man, the man climbs over a fence, we hear dogs barking and he climbs right back over the fence, where he is held and threatened by the man chasing him. Two men wrestle briefly. A man threatens two men with a gun. A man threatens a group of men with a baseball bat. A man threatens another man with a welding torch. Two men argue violently over who is "blacker." A man yells at another man and shoves him, and a man shoves another man and yells at him. A woman shoves a man by pushing her finger against his forehead. A man is shoved to the floor by police officers, who are arresting him and putting cuffs on him. A woman pounds on a man's door and yells at him, and a woman yells at a group of men. A man takes a gun out of the waistband of his pants. A man's hand is pinched between a heavy machine and a railing and he screams in pain, and a machine is dropped on a man's foot and he screams in pain (we see his bruised and throbbing foot later). A match thrown into a garbage can ignites the contents and the flames spread to a bedspread and curtains before the sprinkler system dowses them. A woman pounds on a car with a baseball bat breaking the windows and making large dents in the body. A man pounds on a machine with an ax. A man kicks a locker in frustration. A truck backs through the front of a store breaking the glass and destroying some of the contents. Sparks fly behind a truck that's pulling a safe attached to its bumper with a chain.

PROFANITY 5 - 5 F-words and its derivatives, 4 sexual references, 8 scatological terms, 46 anatomical terms, 38 mild obscenities, 5 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations, 9 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for Caucasians. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gossip, family, foreclosure, loan sharks, seniority, desegregation, sense of history, attitude, the NAACP, selling out, race relations, slavery and reparations, the Holocaust.

MESSAGE - Do the right thing.

(Note: A man smokes something but it's not clear whether it is tobacco or marijuana. A man drinks alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S3 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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