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The Break-Up [2006] [PG-13] - 7.3.5



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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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Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn star as lovers who share their jointly owned condominium. When they break up after a family dinner, neither wants to move out so they try to figure out -- with a lot of advice on tactics and strategy from friends -- if it's possible to live as hostile roommates. Also with Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams, Ann-Margret. Directed by Peyton Reed. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man sitting bare-chested on a sofa watches a woman wearing only panties dance (we see her bare back) and another man sitting on a couch has a nude woman sitting on his lap and they are kissing (we see her bare back and buttocks); another woman, the girlfriend of one of them, walks into the room and sees them.
 A man talks to two women and tells one that he wants to wrap her in plastic wrap; he then begins to describe how he would like to have sex with her.
 A nude woman walks through a hallway (we see her bare back and buttocks) toward a man; he looks at her and focuses below the waist (she does not go to him, but into the kitchen). Several scantily clad women and several men play strip poker, and one woman removes her top (she is left wearing a bra). A nude male model poses for a woman who sketches him (we see his bare back and see his bare buttocks in the sketch). A woman wears a short top and low-slung pants that reveal her bare abdomen, a woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in many scenes, and a woman sleeps in bed wearing a low-cut nightgown that reveals cleavage. A man takes off his shirt and he is bare-chested.
 A portrait of a woman wearing a very low-cut dress reveals deep cleavage and a bare thigh where the front of the dress falls open (we see this in several scenes). There is an abstract sculpture of a human-like form with bare breasts and a faucet at the genitals' area.
 A woman goes to a beauty salon for a waxing and it is implied that she has her crotch waxed (we see her from the waist up lying on a table, hear a rip and see her foot fling into the air).
 A man and a woman kiss. We see many photographs of a man and a woman hugging and kissing romantically. A man and a woman hug.
 Two men walk through a crowded dance club and admire the women who are dancing.
 In several scenes, and sometimes using crude terms, a man insinuates that a woman must be having a sexual affair with another man. A man talks about the size of a man's endowment in crude terms. A man makes reference to a woman being sexually promiscuous. One character makes a snide remark about a woman, "turning tricks." A man asks a woman out on a date even though she is on a date with another man when he is asking her (she declines, but presumably eventually accepts).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man punches and kicks another man, throws him to the ground and presses his foot against his throat (the man has a bloody nose).
 A man and a woman argue, sometimes bitterly, in many scenes. Two men argue bitterly.
 A man plays violent video games in several scenes (one looks like "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas").
 A character says, "I'll smack him in the head." Two men argue and snipe at each other while in the bleachers of a baseball game. A woman throws a man's clothes and possessions out of a bedroom and into a hallway.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 5 sexual references, 21 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms (1 in Yiddish), 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, idiot, dumb), 14 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine at a dinner party, people drink beer at a concert, a man drinks beer in several bar scenes, a woman drinks beer in a bowling alley, and we see photographs of people drinking beer. Several men and women smoke cigars and drink alcohol, and we see a photograph of a man smoking a cigar.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, appreciating people, taking people for granted, trust, buying art, picking a mate, ending relationships, support, family, intimacy, fear of intimacy, Polish ancestry, business, taking responsibility, heart-break.

MESSAGE - Effective communication and respect is the key to a good relationship.

Special Keywords: S7 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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