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Be Cool [2005] [PG-13] - 5.5.5



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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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John Travolta reprises his role as Chili Palmer from 1995's "Get Shorty": After becoming successful as a movie producer, former strong-arm debt collector Chili is bitten by the music bug when he hears a young woman (Christina Milian) sing. He decides to try becoming a music promoter for the struggling singer. Then the Russian mafia gets involved. Also with Uma Thurman, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vince Vaughn and Danny DeVito. Directed by F. Gary Gray. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Women in a strip club dance around poles on a stage while wearing very skimpy outfits (thongs and bikini tops) that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare shoulders, backs, bare thighs and part of their bare buttocks. Three women dance (thrusting and wiggling) and sing on a stage wearing very short shorts and bikini tops that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs, bare legs and part of their buttocks.
 Women wear low-cut dresses and tops and short skirts that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, bare abdomens, bare backs and bare legs throughout the movie. A woman sunbathes with her top untied (we see her bare back, legs and part of her buttocks) and she sits up and ties her top (we see part of her bare breasts briefly). A woman's top is open down the front and back revealing cleavage, bare abdomen, bare back and shoulders. A painting depicts a woman with bare breasts.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, and then we see them sleeping in bed together (we see her bare shoulders). A woman pulls up the strap of her top and adjusts herself as she is coming out of a man's office (it is implied that there has been some sexual activity). A man and a woman dance close together, their faces come close together, they nuzzle, and they sway their hips in unison. A man and a woman kiss and hug, and a woman nearly kisses a man.
 A woman talks about being able to make more money if she would sing topless. A man describes in suggestive terms how he enjoys eating chicken legs. A man smacks himself on the buttocks and admires himself in a store mirror. A man yells out of a car window at women walking on a street.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man sits holding a gun on another man, and the man with the gun slumps over dead and lands on a table -- he had been shot and we see a bloody hole in his shirt. A man is shot in the chest (we see him lying face down on the ground with a bloody bullet hole in his jacket); the gunman continues to shoot at the windows of a nearby café and a car, and then takes aim at another man but is out of ammunition. A man shoots at a man, the bullet hits a box of fireworks, they explode, a man's coat catches fire and we see him running and screaming while in flames. A man is held at gunpoint by several men, and one man accidentally shoots, hitting a chandelier . Two men shoot two other men.
 A man hits a man repeatedly with a baseball bat (we see only the first blow make contact), jumps on him, kicks him, hits him with a gun and we are told that the man is dead. A man punches a man hard in the face. A man has two very bruised eyes and one has a gash over the eyebrow. A man hits another man in the throat and pushes him to the floor. A man swings a baseball bat at a man, misses, hits a wall, and the other man grabs the bat and hits the first man in the head with it.
 A man bound and gagged in the trunk of a car is yelled at, is hit with a spatula and threatened by several men with guns. A man grabs a man by the chest hair, spins him around (we hear ripping) and lets go (the man crashes into a display case). A man is held by the feet over the side of a building (we hear him screaming and pleading for his life). A man with a bloody nose and cheek is dragged into an office by two other men.
 A man grabs a woman's arm, pulls on her, and she stumbles onto the floor. Several men with guns threaten a woman for money. People are held at gunpoint in many scenes. A man threatens to hit a man in the face with a baseball bat, and a man threatens a man and raises his fist as if he is going to hit him. A man is teased in several scenes for being gay.

PROFANITY 5 - 2 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 9 sexual references, 32 scatological terms, 30 anatomical terms, 34 mild obscenities, 8 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 9 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 2 derogatory terms for Italians, name-calling and insults (stupid, idiot), 9 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The movie industry, the music industry, the Russian mafia, honesty, loyalty, sequels, stereotypes, racial epithets, homosexuality, putting on appearances, hair replacement options, respect, race relations, parents' love for a child, environmentally friendly automobiles.

MESSAGE - Being confident of your own "coolness" will convince others that you're indeed "cool."

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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