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Employee of the Month [2006] [PG-13] - 4.4.5



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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 man (Dane Cook) working at the local discount warehouse store becomes inspired to compete for the "Employee of the Month" award when a new cashier (Jessica Simpson) joins the staff. He eventually realizes that there is more to doing a good job than just the reward of a gold star. Also with Dax Shepard, Efren Ramirez and Harland Williams. Directed by Greg Coolidge. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man kisses a woman, and as she pulls away he bites her lip and he calls her "kitten." A man and a woman kiss.
 A woman wears very low-cut tops that reveal cleavage throughout the movie, and another woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
 A man mispronounces people's names in a way to make them sound like sexual terms (i.e. whore-gay for Jorge). A grandmother gives her grandson advice about kissing a woman, "planting the seed of love," and to be sure to wash a part of his anatomy. A man lists the sexual conquests of another man, with details about where the acts took place. A man talks about a rumor that a woman is promiscuous. A man accuses another man of doing something just to be able to have sex with a woman. A man makes a comment to another man about being "a couple of gay sailors." A man plays with two male dolls and says, "Have you ever kissed a boy," and then says, "No, but I have thought about it." A man writes a crude sexual remark on a photograph of another man. A man makes an insulting remark about the size of a man's endowment.
 A man and a woman hug and he squeezes her buttock. Two men hug (it is not certain whether there is anything sexual going on). A man rubs a man's neck.
 Several men ogle a woman as she walks by. Women swoon over a man in several scenes and he is portrayed as a lady's man.
 A woman buys a huge box of condoms.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man tackles another man to the floor and we hear a crunch, and then picks him up by the belt.
 A boy shoots tennis balls from a tennis ball-serving machine at two men, and they are struck in the head, body and crotch; one of the men throws a ball at the boy striking him hard in the head and knocking him to the floor (the boy is OK). A man throws a bat and it strikes another man in the head. Two men collide on a baseball diamond and fall to the ground. A man is struck in the head by a golf ball.
 A man skates on "Heelys" and falls down (he is hurt when he hits his head on the floor). Two men carrying mops run through store aisles, and one runs into a forklift and is knocked to the floor (we see a large bruise and bump on his forehead). A man climbs shelves, and is knocked in the head with a box and falls to the floor (he is not seriously injured). A man jumps on a counter, slips and hits his head. A man falls backward off a ladder (we don't see the result). A man rides a tiny motorcycle through heavy traffic and is nearly struck by a monster truck.
 A man grabs another man around the throat, squeezes and rubs his knuckles on his head giving him a noogy.
 A man threatens another man. Two men argue.
 A man talks about his childhood and that his older brother "tortured" him. We hear that a woman died. A man makes a crude comment about a muffin smelling bad. A man refers to a singed Koala. A woman buys a coffin and says it's for her husband (although he is not dead yet).
 A man flatulates in a couple of scenes. Two men wear stockings over their heads that they both say stink and one tells the other that he found the stockings in his mother's gym bag.
 A man is teased because he has a great deal of difficulty seeing and wears very thick prescription lenses. A man is teased for being large and not terribly bright. A man appears shocked by the size of a woman's ears.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 2 obscene hand gestures, 18 sexual references, 13 scatological terms (1 mild), 25 anatomical terms (1 in Spanish and not translated), 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, scum, dumbo, monkey ears, semi-retarded, crazy, user, liar, loser), 3 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men drink alcohol at a bar, people drink wine at a party, men drink beer on breaks from work, a man drinks a beer, people drink wine with dinner in a couple of scenes, and a man opens a champagne bottle at a celebration.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, pride, work ethic, jealousy, competition, shoplifting, effort, honor, sabotage, greed, envy, homosexuality, abuse, the rise and fall of the industry, discount warehouse stores, sibling relationships.

MESSAGE - It doesn't matter if you lose, as long as you try.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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