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The Big Wedding [2013] [R] - 7.3.6



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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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The families of a young couple come together for their wedding and personalities and past history clash when the divorced parents of the groom are forced to pretend that they are still married. With Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Patricia Rae, Ana Ayora and Kyle Bornheimer. Directed by Justin Zachman. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We hear a man and a woman having sex: they both moan loudly and then we see them kissing under sheets as she asks, "Again?" (bare chest and shoulders are shown; no breasts). A woman caresses a man's leg under a table (he twitches and gasps), she unzips his pants and we see the napkin in his lap moving rhythmically (implying manual stimulation) until she is stopped by another woman. A man and a woman talk about cannilingus, he lifts her up and sits her on a counter top, lifts her skirt and pulls down her panties (we see her bare thighs and knees); he then moves between her legs (implying oral sex) until another woman enters the room and they are interrupted.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately and then she leaves. A bare-chested man lying in bed pulls back the covers and invites a woman to join him, and then asks her if she wants to "fool around" and tells her to "be gentle"; we hear loud moaning and climaxing and then see the two under sheets and snuggling (we see their bare shoulders). A woman removes her clothes (we see her bare back, legs, buttocks and the side of one bare breast) and dives into a lake; she invites a man to join her and then asks him to make love to her. A man and a woman are shown to be disheveled after having had sex a number of times.
 We see a portrait of a nude woman and her bare back, shoulders and upper buttocks are visible. We see a sculpture of a nude woman reclining on her back (breasts are evident) and we see her hand in her crotch between her raised knees. A woman removes her sweater to reveal a low-cut dress and her cleavage and bare shoulders and her mother reprimands her. Several women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in many scenes. A woman sits on a diving board with her skirt hiked up to mid-thigh. A man is shown shirtless while doing pushups (we see his bare chest, shoulders and back). A woman is shown wearing a bra and yoga pants (cleavage, bare shoulders and abdomen are shown).
 A man hugs his ex-wife, she reacts to his apparent erection and he makes a remark about not having control over it. A man helps a woman up from a yoga pose and she awkwardly nearly ends up sitting on his lap.
 A priest quizzes a young man and a young woman (about to be married) about whether they have been intimate and whether they have used contraception. A man and his adult sister talk about his choice to not have sex until he is married; he makes a comment that he is wavering and she teases him about all the women who want to have sex with him. A woman is asked about and talks about her orgasms in a few scenes (they are particularly long). An ex-husband asks his ex-wife to "prove it" referring to an orgasm she apparently had (it is implied to have been very long). A man tells his ex-wife and his current lover that "I haven't seen this much tail since the pooch was around." A woman makes a gesture with her hands indicating the size of a man's endowment while mouthing the word "huge" and two other women react with surprise. A man remarks that a priest "makes woopsie with alter boys. A woman tells her adult son that she had an affair with a married man and that he is his father. A man brags about an extended sexual encounter with a woman in a few scenes. A woman tells a man, "I will not make love with you" and he is disappointed.
 A man kisses a woman on he back of the hand. Men and women dance together at a wedding reception. Several women act interested in a man and they flirt and are overly bubbly (he does not react).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman punches a man in the nose and we see a trickle of blood on his lip. A woman punches a man in the face. A woman screams and shoves a man into a lake; she then falls in and screams because she cannot swim; another man dives into the water to help her. A woman slaps her father in the face.
 A woman faints when she sees a nursery filled with newborn babies; we see her wake up in a hospital bed and she is told that she has a mild concussion. A man falls off a diving board and into a swimming pool (he is unharmed). A woman sits on a diving board and then jumps into a pool fully clothed.
 A man threatens his son-in-law to "tweeze his [anatomical term deleted] off" when he hears that he and his daughter have separated. An ex-husband and his ex-wife argue bitterly. A woman talks about having fetishes and implies that she is interested in women when she makes a suggestive comment to two other women. A woman talks about her husband leaving her because they were unable to conceive and they fought all the time. A woman tells her estranged father, "Mom wasn't the only one you cheated on." A man tells his ex-wife that he knew that she was "terrified to be with me." A woman tells a man that his wife cheated on him. A priest speaks to a young man as if he cannot speak or understand English because he is Hispanic. A husband and his wife are embarrassed by another family because they are Hispanic.
 A woman vomits on a man's shoulder and back while they are hugging; we hear gagging and see vomit on his jacket. A woman gags when she looks at a man and another woman holding a newborn in a hospital (the woman does not vomit).

PROFANITY 6 - About 11 F-words, 23 sexual references, 15 scatological terms (3 mild), 8 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Hispanics, 1 derogatory reference to Jews, name-calling (half-a-brain, unladylike, heathen, old gal, toots, dumb, idiot, don't go all Jane Fonda on me, sweetie, old, serpent, scumbag, nuts, stupid, selfish, gross, pervert), exclamations (shut up, for Pete's sake), 22 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Several people hold glasses of champagne, a woman has a drink that she offers to a man and then spills into a swimming pool, a man talks about he and a priest being in AA together, people drink wine with dinner, two men talk about "being on the wagon," and a man talks about getting drunk when his daughter was born. A man smokes two cigarettes at the same time, a woman puts a cigarette in her mouth while in a hospital waiting room and is admonished by a man (she does not light the cigarette).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, divorce, love, adoption, home, family, sin, Catholicism, sexuality, homosexuality, infidelity, parenting, self-exploration, hate, romance, luck, happiness, principal, values, stock fraud, temptation, revenge, jealousy, foreclosure, compromise, respect, difficulty in becoming pregnant.

MESSAGE - Family can be a challenge.

Special Keywords: S7 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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