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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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MPAA Rating: R

This karaoke and road-trip comedy follows six wannabe crooners who try to escape their pathetic lives by singing their way to big bucks in karaoke competitions. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Huey Lewis, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Maria Bello and Paul Giamatti. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo, including references to oral sex, homosexuality, lesbianism, and masturbation. A couple minor kissing scenes. A man and a woman have sex, with the woman straddling the man and singing while they're making love; we see the woman's bare breasts. In another scene, we see a woman's bare breasts, bare buttocks and a possible brief glimpse her pubic hair as she puts on her underwear (camera follows her underwear as she pulls it up her legs to her hips). A man and woman lie shirtless together in bed; we see the woman's breasts and the man's bare chest. A woman offers to give a man oral sex and it's implied she does. We see a man in a towel.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Threatening with guns. A man shoots several shots at a man but misses him. A man fires several shots at furniture and walls but hurts no one. A man points a gun at another and we hear a shot and the man shot at allegedly dies offscreen. A man is shot several times in the chest and killed; we see blood flow out onto his shirt. There's a bar fight, in which a man is kicked in the gut, a woman hits a man with a chair, a man gets tossed over a table and a man is hit over the head with a beer bottle. We see a clothed corpse in a casket.

PROFANITY 5 - Five F-words, a few anatomical references, several scatological references, a few mild obscenities, several religious obscenities, a few insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Karaoke, casual sex, love, deadbeat dads, father-daughter relationships, sexual favors, death of a parent, dysfunctional families, corporate America, suburbia.

MESSAGE - We need to be inspired by something, even if it's merely singing a song. Family comes first and can endure the most difficult hardships.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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