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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

A battle between the sexes breaks out in a small Irish village when the men place an ad in The Miami Herald to find American brides. With Niamh Cusack, Sean McGinley, Ian Hart, Ewan Stewart, Ruth McCabe, Sean McDonagh, Cathleen Bradley, Pat Shortt, Risteard Cooper, Maureen O'Brien, Pat Laffan, Britta Smith, Deborah Barnett, Frank Laverty, Dessie Gallagher and Michael McDougall. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Many instances of sexual innuendo and discussions about sex (including a reference to masturbation and infidelity), though nothing graphic is said. We see a clip from the movie "10" showing a man and woman kissing passionately on a beach, a woman wearing a skimpy bathing suit and a close-up of her cleavage; later we see a priest's face as he's watching the movie alone (we hear characters from the film moaning, but don't see any footage). A man and woman are briefly seen kissing passionately. It's implied that a clothed man and woman lying in a truck bed have just had intercourse (we only see them kiss briefly). A man touches and adjusts his clothed crotch several times throughout the movie. We see a woman's bare backside in a centerfold magazine and a woman in a bikini on a calendar photograph; also, a woman shows a man a page from a centerfold magazine (we glimpse some pictures as she's shutting it, but no nudity is visible). We see a woman in a cleavage-revealing top, a man in boxers and a man wearing a tank top and skimpy underwear.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man is punched, resulting in a bloody nose and, in a later scene, black eyes. Two men scuffle until another man breaks them apart and shoves one of them against a wall a few times. We see a little blood on a butcher's white coat. We hear a man urinating (we only see him from his mid-torso up).

PROFANITY 5 - Two F-words (one is barely audible), a couple of anatomical slang terms (plus a few British anatomical slang terms), a few scatological references, several mild obscenities and several instances of name calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Small villages, searching for one's spouse, discovering one's sexuality, falling in love, personal ads, drunkenness, infidelity, jealousy.

MESSAGE - Mr. or Ms. Right could be right next to you. It's easy to take people for granted.

Special Keywords: S4 - V1 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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