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The Big Lebowski



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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

Jeff Bridges stars in this comedy/thriller about mistaken identities. With John Goodman and Steve Buscemi.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Sexual innuendo and oral sex, masturbation and child molestation references. Scantily clad women in a few scenes, female bare buttocks and a brief shot of full frontal female nudity. A porn film is seen on TV showing a woman's bare breasts. An extended scene where topless women are bounced up and down on a big blanket (shown at least twice). A drawing of a naked man. A couple is shown in bed together with sheets up to their shoulders, evidently after sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man is beaten up by a group of men, including having his head shoved into a toilet. A man is hit in the jaw. A gun is accidentally fired and a man crashes his car as a result. A man is thrown on the ground and when he's picked up we hear bones creaking. A police officer throws a man around and kicks him. A little bit of blood is seen on some gauze on a toe. A man bites another man's ear off and we see blood where the ear was; the biter's face is bloody and we see him spitting the ear out. Reckless driving, lots of scenes of property damage. A frenzied ferret is thrown into a tub with a man and nearly scratches and hurts the man as a result. Threatening with a gun.

PROFANITY 10 - About 240 F-words, many scatological references, many anatomical references, many mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Kidnaping, pornography, marijuana use, the Vietnam and Gulf Wars.

MESSAGE - Go with the flow, dude.

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P10 - MPAAR

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