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Burlesque [2010] [PG-13] - 6.2.5



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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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A burlesque lounge owner (Cher) on Sunset Strip is about to lose everything, when a woman with a show stopping voice and dance skills to match (Christina Aguilera) walks through her door and changes everything. Also with Stanley Tucci, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci. Directed by Steven Antin. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man caresses a woman's neck and they kiss (sex is implied). A man and woman lie in bed together and it is implied that they had sex; sheets cover most of their bodies (bare backs, shoulders and legs are visible).
 A man comes out of his bedroom wearing pajama bottoms (his bare chest to the hip is visible), he goes back in the room and comes back out wearing nothing at all (his crotch is blocked by furniture and his bare buttocks are seen), he walks with a box of cookies covering his genitals toward a woman, offers her one and she covers her eyes and laughs.
 A woman puts on stockings and takes them off seductively while a man watches and takes pictures of her (sex is implied). A man answers a door and stands wrapped in a blanket (his bare chest is visible), and it is implied that he spent the night with the man who lives in the house. A bare-chested man sleeps in bed and sex is implied between him and another man that's standing in the room with a blanket wrapped around him; a woman in the room is startled when it is implied that she sees his genitals (we see his bare chest).
 In numerous lounge scenes, women wearing skimpy dance outfits (revealing cleavage, bare abdomens, bare legs and thighs and occasionally bare buttocks when wearing a thong) perform on a stage and dance with suggestive moves (hip thrusting, shimmying, etc.) while an audience watches. In numerous lounge scenes, women wear skimpy dance costumes (revealing bare legs and thighs, bare abdomens, cleavage and bare backs) dance suggestively including caressing their breasts and crotches and each other's arms and abdomen. A woman stands in the center of a circle of men who thrust toward her suggestively. A dance number shows a woman's top coming off while dancing, we see her bare back and she uses large feather fans to cover herself (the side of her breasts are visible a couple of times); she ends the song standing behind a microphone stand that covers her breasts and crotch but it appears that she is fully nude. Women wearing bras and brief style panties dance on stage and one dancer's bra is sheer except for dark circles covering the nipples. One dance scene shows women leaping with legs spread and the camera angle shows their crotches.
 A dance sequence shows a man on stage with two women making sexual gestures: the man stands behind one woman, who is bent over at the waist, and he thrusts toward her, one woman lies on the stage and the man falls forward ending with his face in her crotch and remarks about the smell, and one woman hands a man a banana from between her legs, the man holds the banana at his lap and the other woman leans over to bite it.
 A woman wearing bra and panties stands in front of a mirror and a man peeks in at her without her knowing; she rushes to get dressed and asks him to zip her up when she realizes he's there. A woman wearing a skimpy dance costume straightens her stockings while standing on a fire escape and another woman watches with interest from the street (nothing sexual implied). We see dancers in dressing room scenes in varying degrees of undress (bare legs, shoulders, backs, abdomens and cleavage are typically seen). A man admires a woman's clothed buttocks.
 A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage, bare arms and shoulders on numerous occasions. A woman wears a T-shirt that reveals cleavage and legs to the buttocks (no buttocks visible) while lying in bed alone. A woman wears a dress that reveals the side of her bare breasts, cleavage and leg to the upper thigh. A man wears tank T-shirts that reveal his shoulders and part of his bare chest in several scenes. A shirtless man walks through a room and we see his bare back to the hip and a hint of his buttock cleavage is visible. A woman wears a T-shirt that droops off the shoulder revealing bare shoulder and the top of her bare breast. We see a painting in the background of nude women (bare breasts are visible).
 A husband and his wife kiss at their wedding. A woman kisses a man. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man and a woman hug.
 A woman talks about a man being gorgeous and a man agrees. A man tries to seduce a woman in several scenes (she is not interested). It is implied that a gay man and a woman had sex together. A woman is surprised when she realizes a man she is staying with is not gay.
 A man jokes, "John was my mother's name." A woman tells another woman that she slept with the woman's husband the day after their honeymoon (it turns out she was lying). A woman talks to a man about the only man she would ever consider marrying and that he plays for the other team (suggesting that the man is gay). A woman tells a man that "friends don't chew on each other's ear lobes" after he says he's just friends with another woman. A woman sings a song about a "Dr. Longjohn" that is full of sexual innuendo, while dancing suggestively with other women dressed in skimpy nurse costumes. A woman sings a song about "Love and sex." A song makes reference to "a little bit of naughty." A woman tells another woman, "No one would ever're a dude." A man tells a woman how beautiful she is, and then swings on a clothes rack and wraps his legs around her waist (nothing sexual is implied). A man squeezes the clothed buttocks of a woman playfully (nothing sexual is implied). A man remarks to a woman about her hips and breasts in a flirtatious manner (there is no sexual relationship). A woman tells a man "that is so hot." A woman says to a dancer, "If you fall off the stage, remember to point your toes and boobs up." A woman sings a song that includes lyrics about giving her money and "if you want a little more..." A man says about a woman on stage, "I couldn't take my eyes off her." A song makes reference to "a man what takes his time." A woman makes a comment about her thong being in an uncomfortable position and that her breasts are "pushed so far up."

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman drives away in her car and another woman hits the passenger window with a tire iron, breaking it. A woman arrives at her apartment to find it ransacked and all her money stolen.
 A woman yells at another woman. A man yells at a woman. A man and a woman argue over money. A man and a woman argue. Two women argue in several scenes. A man accuses a woman of "making a deal with the devil." A man asks a woman, "Are you gonna' shoot me" when she says she can help make him feel better.
 A woman vomits in a public restroom and we hear gagging and splatter in the toilet (we don't see anything). A woman talks about another woman "throwing up everything."

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 3 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (cow, hick, crazy, tacky farm girl, drag queen, Mr. One Night Stand, devil), 5 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man pours two drinks and he and woman drink them, a woman drinks two shots of Tequila, people are shown drinking alcohol in numerous lounge scenes, a woman drinks alcohol, a woman drinks from a bottle of Tequila, a woman pours champagne while dancing on stage, a man and a woman drink wine, people drink alcohol at a wedding reception and one man appears drunk, and it is implied that a woman has a drinking problem. A man smokes a cigarette, a woman smokes a cigarette, and a man holds a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Getting out of small towns, talent, enthusiasm, burlesque, homosexuality, relationships, love, unplanned pregnancy, taking chances, divorce, trust, love, loyalty, business, betrayal, jealousy.

MESSAGE - Life is about the choices you make.

Special Keywords: S6 - V2 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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