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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

A single, 32 year-old editor (Renee Zellweger) realizes she needs to do more with her life than watch sitcoms and listen to 80s music, so she has a fling with her boss (Hugh Grant) -- but another man wants her heart. Also with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, and Embeth Davidtz. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Mostly played for laughs: Sexual innuendo, including references to oral sex, and some passionate kissing. A couple kiss while in bed, and a man and woman kiss on the couch and then roll around on the floor kissing. Then the man reaches up a woman's skirt to pull off her underwear (we do see her underwear) but stops. We see a man and woman in bed post-coitus; the man is shirtless and the woman is in her bra. We see a couple, both obviously naked, in bed with covers up to their chests. A woman and man have sex, with the man on top of the woman; we see the bare buttocks of the man and the sides of the two naked bodies. Twice a man puts his hand on a woman's clothed buttocks. We see part of a woman's bare buttocks as she's putting on a skirt (we see her underwear). We see a woman taking a bath, but she's reading a book and it covers her breasts. We repeatedly see a close-up of a woman's buttocks while she's wearing see-through black tights. We see a woman in her undergarments. A woman wears a transparent outfit; we see her bra and underwear through the material. We see one lion humping another lion (on television).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman falls out of a car. Two men engage in a fist fight, a man hits another over the head with a garbage can lid, a man throws a man onto a table, a man tackles another and both go through a large glass window pane and end up with cuts on their faces. A man punches a man in the face, giving him a bloody mouth. A woman is shot in the chest; we see the bloody wound and see blood on the wall.

PROFANITY 8 - About 30 F-words (one written across the screen), several anatomical references, a few scatological references, several mild obscenities, some religious profanities, a few insults and racial slurs. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Interoffice affairs, trust, deception, love, friendship, loyalty, romance, publishing.

MESSAGE - A woman needs to be selective and know how to tell a sincere man from a "player."

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P8 - MPAAR

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