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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: PG-13

Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) is a respected music critic and Dre (Taye Diggs) is a successful but unhappy music executive. Both attribute their relationship, as well as their careers, to having witnessed the birth of hip-hop on a New York street in the late 1980s. They now realize that fulfillment can come from revisiting that childhood experience. Also with Mos Def, Queen Latifah and Nicole Ari Parker. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and woman kiss passionately and caress each other and we see them in bed covered with sheets after they have had sex (the man is bare-chested and he gets out of bed wearing jockey shorts). A woman in a wrap dress kisses a man on the nose and then on the mouth; they kiss passionately and the man begins to unwrap the woman's dress. A man and a woman kiss romantically and talk. A woman invites a man to have sex, and a boy and a girl look at each other admiringly and hold hands. Men and woman are shown kissing and hugging (as a greeting, after a wedding, a man and woman kiss and she smacks his buttocks, a man kisses a woman's hand, etc.) and dancing and hugging in many scenes. Men and women are shown flirting with each other. A woman wears a dress that has an opening down to her abdomen. A woman wears an oversized shirt that is unbuttoned to reveal a part of her breast and we also see her bare legs. Women wear outfits that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and bare midriffs. There is a running gag about a woman's "massager" (it is suggested that it is a vibrator) being used as a replacement for a man, and there is some homosexual innuendo: a man suggests that when Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains walk off into the fog in "Casablanca" there was something more than friendship between them.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two women talk in a kickboxing class and as they get more agitated, they punch the punching pads harder and harder, eventually yelling at each other. Two men play fight.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 7 sexual references (there are several more in the lyrics of a song that we hear snippets of a couple of times), 10 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 20 mild obscenities, 5 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Freedom, hip-hop, relationships, friendship, order, chaos, change, divorce, alimony, differences between men and women, selling out, infidelity, scruples, conflict of interest.

MESSAGE - We should all have the courage to do what we believe in.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol, sometimes to the point of inebriation.)

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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