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The Best Man



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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

A writer attending his friends' wedding tries to stop them from reading his first novel, which reveals a secret that could put a halt to their upcoming nuptials. With Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau Jr., Terrence Dashon Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa DeSousa and Victoria Dillard. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to oral sex and lesbianism), graphic and sometimes profane references to intercourse, and kissing (sometimes passionate). We see a couple having intercourse with her sitting on his lap, moaning and thrusting (their bare backs are shown, and then we see him thrusting from behind her; this scene is shown a few times). A man pantomimes rubbing his face between a woman's breasts and a man grabs his crotch and "talks" to his penis. We see scantily clad strippers at a bachelor party (lots of cleavage and thong underwear -- they also put their breasts and buttocks in the faces of the male guests). One woman dances suggestively, rubs her buttocks in a man's face and gyrates suggestively on his clothed lap. We see a couple lying in bed together (no sex or nudity). We see a couple in a bathtub, with shots of the tops of the woman's bare breasts; there is also a brief glimpse of her breasts as she exits the tub. We see a man in only his boxers, a shirtless man and some women in cleavage-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man throws a man against a wall and punches him several times, then throws him onto a bed and against a window; they eventually crash through a door onto a balcony, where one holds the other against the edge and threatens to toss him over. A man is punched (we see blood on his lip and later we see him with a black eye), a woman slaps a man, a man throws a book at another, a man squeezes another man's hand tightly and a man shoves another into a wall and overturns a table.

PROFANITY 8 - About 35 F-words, many scatological and anatomical references and mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, college, friendship, betrayal, writing a novel.

MESSAGE - Don't betray your friends.

Special Keywords: S7 - V4 - P8 - MPAAR

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