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The Big Kahuna



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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
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli are three lubricant salesmen who meet at their company's hospitality suite at a Wichita sales convention to await the arrival of an important potential client. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Several instances of sexual innuendo (including references to sodomy and masturbation). A man asks another if he's a homosexual, a man describes (in non-graphic terms) his appreciation of a beautiful woman, and a man reads a Penthouse magazine (we don't see the cover, and the pages he's reading are text only).

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man pushes another onto a table and then they briefly scuffle on the floor. During a temper tantrum a man beats his arms and legs against couch cushions. In a dream, a man sitting on a presumably high balcony leans forward and falls off (we don't see the results of the fall).

PROFANITY 6 - About 10 F-words, many anatomical references, several scatological references, lots of mild obscenities, a few insults, and some name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sales conventions, salesmen, friendship, religious faith, honesty, character, sincerity, divorce, failure.

MESSAGE - We're all trying to sell something, and those who are truly honest acknowledge instead of hide their agenda.

Special Keywords: S2 - V1 - P6 - MPAAR

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