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The Best Man Holiday [2013] [R] - 6.4.6



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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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In this sequel to "The Best Man," college friends (Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Regina Hall) decide to celebrate the Christmas holidays together after 15 years. Old rivalries and love affairs soon flicker back to life. Also with Monica Calhoun and Melissa DeSousa. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Four men wearing suits and fedoras dance and lip-sync to a love song for their wives; one woman stands up and shimmies and the other women grimace at her and we later see the couples in their respective bedrooms: a shirtless man squeezes his pregnant wife's breast through her clothing and they appear to have sex under covers (thrusting movements are apparent); another shirtless man massages his wife's back while she is clothed; and another clothed couple kiss and jump onto a bed.
 An Internet video in close-up shows a woman nude from the waist up in profile, revealing bare breasts and nipples; later in the video, she is shown wearing a bra and briefs, while dancing with a man; three men and a woman view the video at different times and one man says to another man that it must be pornography, as he is getting "tight" (implying an erection); one man takes an iPhone playing the video and slams it to the floor to break it so that the other man's wife does not see it, because she is one of the women in the video. A man that had smoked marijuana (please see the Substance Use category for more details) stumbles into a hallway wearing a leather jacket, socks and boots and a planter blocks his genitals and hips (we see his bare chest, abdomen and navel).
 A woman who appears in a reality TV show wears a tight-fitting, short dress to a Christmas party, revealing most of her bare thighs, with the deep V-neck bodice revealing cleavage. Several women wear gowns that reveal moderate cleavage and bare arms in party and dinner scenes; one woman wears tight-fitting clothing, including deeply cut blouses that reveal cleavage with tights that accentuate her curves. Three women sit at an indoor pool and we see the bare legs of one woman who wears a poncho-like top; a second woman wears a tight tube top that reveals cleavage with shorts that bare most of her thighs. A pregnant woman lies on a bed, clothed, in three scenes and her scoop-necked blouse reveals her cleavage. A shirtless man in his house reveals his bare chest, shoulders and arms. A woman sits in a large bathtub revealing her bare arms over the sides. A poster-size photo of a woman shows a cut out neckline that reveals cleavage. A close-up of a swollen belly covered with gel and scanned with ultrasound equipment cuts to an image of an fetus.
 A man wearing a shirt and long robe sits in a bedroom window seat with one bare knee and partial thigh bent; we see him aim his smart phone toward his groin and text an image; we see a woman receive the texted image and we see her face as she grimaces.
 A shirtless man in bed lies on his back as his wife apparently attempts to perform oral sex on him under the sheet; we hear her say, "Let me take care of you, baby" and he replies that he is too nervous; he then asks her if she said that to all her customers as a stripper and they argue.
 A shirtless man and a woman wearing a bra that reveals cleavage sit in bed, covered from the waist down by a sheet; the man says that they might be good as a couple and she says that they are just emotional, because they have a friend who is dying; the man looks for a condom under the sheets and the woman says that he did not wear one and he says OK.
 A man and a woman kiss briefly at a party, and later kiss several times. A woman kisses her boyfriend and another man makes fun of her; the woman is wearing a suit with a low-cut jacket that reveals cleavage.
 A pregnant woman lying on a bed moans and says, "It feels so good"; the camera pans to her feet where her husband is seen massaging them. A man kisses a woman on the forehead.
 A jealous wife argues with her husband about a woman he previously had sex with and about a mutual female friend that he hugged when she was crying. A woman confronts her husband, revealing that she was a stripper because she needed money, but that she had sex with only one customer, not all of them, as he had accused her and they both cry. A woman wearing a long sleeveless nightgown with a slit up to the upper thigh walks into a bathroom where she surprises a man standing in his sleeveless undershirt; they walk into the hallway, talking when a second man sees them and leers and the first man says nothing sexual happened.
 A woman says that a big Black [anatomical term deleted] fits into a woman's mouth and [anatomical term deleted] well and two other women stare at her. A woman tells another woman who just called her a "skank," "I didn't swallow [anatomical term deleted] on TV." A woman's female friends meet her Caucasian boyfriend and one woman calls him a "tall cup of latte." A man at a dinner table with friends says, "You know I like to sleep naked" and a woman at the table says that all the men should save women from pain by getting snipped (having vasectomies); the woman asks one of the men if he texted a picture of his penis to anyone and the others laugh. A man asks a male friend twice if he has a low sperm count, and the friend becomes embarrassed and denies it; he does admit that his wife is having fertility treatments. A man asks another man if his wife is rubbing his genitals for Christmas and the second man laughs. Several men playing pool tease a new male friend by saying they all slept with his girlfriend, but admit that the comments are a joke. A man asks another man whether his wife or a former girlfriend is better at sex and the man replies that the girlfriend was better. We hear that a man's wife used to be a stripper. Two women agree that a female high school classmate had a big buttocks and hips.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two men fight briefly on a balcony, one man holding the other man's head over the railing for a few seconds. Two women argue, shout insults and fist fight; a man standing nearby receives a punch to the nose and we see him later with a Band-Aid and an ice bag on it and the women are uninjured. Two men in the back seat of car on a trip argue, fist fight and call each other names, until the driver shouts at them to stop.
 A man finds a female friend sitting in front of her fireplace late at night, coughing blood into a towel (the towel is nearly covered in blood); the man helps her up and they walk into the kitchen, where she tells him she has terminal cancer, suffering from the disease for a year; she continues that treatments of all types failed and her husband walks in and in this and several other scenes, tells the other man that he prays every day and waits for a miracle for his wife.
 Friends and family dressed in black attend the funeral of a woman who died of cancer, as adults and children cry quietly; at the graveside, the dead woman's husband breaks down into hysterical tears and a male friend runs over and grabs him to prevent him from jumping into the grave as we see the coffin lowered.
 Two men argue outside a church, shouting and cursing; one man slams a tablet to the floor, breaking it, and then knocks the other man down onto the church steps; the first man takes his wife home and they argue and cry. A woman in a reality TV show shouts at her young daughter several times, telling her to stop eating and getting fat. Two women argue at a party and call a third woman a "pop tart." A husband and his wife argue several times about her resting enough before their baby is born; we hear that she had a previous miscarriage and she cries about it in a subsequent scene.
 We see a football player receive several powerful tackles that slam him to the ground; he becomes angry, shouts at other players and at the crowd, overturns a bench, stomps around the sidelines as people stare, then returns to the game and begins tackling other players; he pushes three larger players who attempt a group tackle into the end zone to score.
 A woman with cancer suffers trembling hands and is unable to tie a bow in her daughter's hair; the woman gets up from the couch, collapses and women friends put her to bed and cry; one of the women cries again while she sits in a bathtub. A woman suffering from cancer removes her long wig and reveals very short, thin hair, the rest of it lost in chemotherapy.
 A close-up of a swollen belly covered with gel and scanned with ultrasound equipment cuts to an image of an fetus.
 A pregnant woman says that she feels like a cow and burps very loudly. A woman tells a pregnant friend that the friend's baby must be pretty big, embarrassing the mom-to-be. A professional football player says that he got the snot knocked out of him during his first pro game.
 A woman sitting on a couch says that she must go to the bathroom and when she stands up her water breaks (we see a little clear liquid hit the carpet); her husband and friends drive her to the hospital, but their vehicle gets stuck in traffic and a male friend calls a physician and delivers the child himself (we see only that he reaches under her skirt and we hear him tell the doctor that she is dilating; the woman says that she was to have a C-section and to go ahead and cut her, but it is not necessary; when they arrive at the ER the car door is opened and we hear that the baby has arrived.
 A man facing away from a camera stands in a corner in a bathroom and we hear, but do not see, a stream of urine.

PROFANITY 6 - About 17 F-words and its derivatives, 11 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms, 25 mild obscenities, 5 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (dumb, stupid, grandma, pop tart, fatty, Django, nut, Grinch, ghetto, monkey), stereotypical references to African-Americans, Whites, men, women, the unemployed, reality show stars, writers, exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 14 religious exclamations (e.g. For Christ's Sake, Dear Henry Christ, Oh My God, Oh God, God, It's God's Turn). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A photo features a man holding a large marijuana cigarette, a man at the sickbed of a female friend who has cancer takes several puffs from a marijuana cigarette causing him to cough repeatedly and he then gives the woman the cigarette, a woman puffs a few times on a marijuana cigarette, a man slurs when he says that medical marijuana is strong (after he has smoked some), as a man slams a smart phone to the floor a woman asks her husband if "he just smoked weed?," and a woman invests in a man's company and tells him to accept the money before she gets hopped up on Valium. An Internet video includes men and women drinking beer as they dance (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), we see two unopened bottles of champagne in a bedroom on each chest of drawers, men and woman at a party drink pink martinis, several wine and liquor bottles are shown on a small bar with prepared martinis (untouched), a dinner scene shows men and women drinking glasses of wine, a man sits with a bottle of beer (he does not drink), several men drink beer from bottles as they play pool, three women drink champagne at the side of an indoor pool, a woman drinks champagne while sitting on a bed, and a man and a woman drink large glasses of wine at a table in a kitchen.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Faith, friendship, relationships, inter-racial dating, miscarriages, commitment, loyalty, fidelity, rivalry, regrets, forgiveness, reconciliation, cancer, childbirth, body image.

MESSAGE - Everyone needs to have friends but past encounters and sexual secrets can complicate relationships.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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