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Dan In Real Life [2007] [PG-13] - 4.3.3



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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 widower (Steve Carell) with three daughters has devoted himself to them, while his family thinks it's time for him to move on and tries to get him to date again. But when he meets a woman (Juliette Binoche) in a local bookstore and is instantly smitten, he doesn't realize that she is in a relationship already, with his brother (Dane Cook). Also with John Mahoney and Emily Blunt. Directed by Peter Hedges. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss passionately and they are interrupted. A teenage girl and a teenage boy kiss tenderly. A young teenage girl and boy hold hands and kiss in a restaurant. A man and a woman hug.
 A woman undresses (we see bare shoulders and the side of her bare breast) in a bathroom where there is a young woman talking to her; she then climbs into the shower where a man is hiding (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young teenage girl wears low-slung pants (we see her bare back). A woman wears a low-cut top and short skirt that reveal cleavage and bare legs. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage.
 A woman in a bar dances by a jukebox with suggestive hip movements, and then dances with a man. Several people do a morning exercise class, a man watches a woman who is wearing tight-fitting togs and she begins to do a few dance moves with hip thrusts. Several people play football and a man and a woman end up on the ground after a tackle; they touch each other and punch each other flirtatiously. A man and a woman flirt and talk about their lives.
 A teenage girl tells her father that her boyfriend is the one who wants to wait to have sex. A teenage girl talks to her boyfriend on the phone and tells him that she misses his eyes and his skin. A teenage girl asks when a boyfriend becomes a lover. A man asks another man if he and a woman had sex. There are several instances where a man and a woman talk and it is clear that they are attracted to each other by what they are saying and their body language. A man tells another man that he must be suffering physically because he is not having sex. A teenage girl asks her father why he is flirting with another man's girlfriend. A woman tells a man that she is in a relationship with another man.
 A teenage girl ties a knot in a cherry stem using her tongue. A man sorting laundry comes across his young teenage daughter's thong panties.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man punches another man in the face.
 A man hiding in a shower is forced to climb out of a window in order to avoid being seen by a young woman and he falls off the roof and onto the ground (we hear a thud but he appears unharmed). A man is struck in the nose with a football.
 A man pounds on the window of a restaurant when he sees his young teenage daughter kissing a boy. A woman angrily slaps burnt pancakes onto a plate. A man throws a large rock into the water near two boys who are skipping stones.
 Several people make insulting references to a woman's appearance when she was younger and call her "pig-face." A man talks with a woman about his wife's death. A woman talks about her fiancé having died. A man speaks in disparaging terms about another man's previous girlfriends.

PROFANITY 3 - 4 sexual references, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (freak, loser, pig-face, stupid), 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at a bar.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a parent, death of a spouse, moving on, grief, single parenting, honesty, relationships, family, greed, disappointment, love, moral values, trustworthiness, hypocrisy, jealousy, letting go, young love, humiliation, recklessness, disobeying traffic signs, price of gasoline.

MESSAGE - Love is messy and life is full of surprises.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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