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The Ex [2007] [PG-13] - 5.4.5



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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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Amanda Peet and Zach Braff star as a married couple expecting their first child. Having decided that she will give up her job as a lawyer to be a full-time mother, and he will step up and take care of his growing family, he gets fired. Their only option is for him to accept a job with her father (Charles Grodin) in an ad agency where her ex-lover (Jason Bateman) also happens to work. Also with Mia Farrow and Donal Logue. Directed by Jesse Peretz. [1:29]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - On a computer screen we see video of two men caressing and kissing each.
 A husband and wife kiss, they begin removing their clothing, he taps her buttock and she giggles, and they joke about how long it will take (it is implied that they have sex). In a movie a man and a woman kiss and we hear her say, "I want you."
 A woman talks about a salve for cow's udders that helps sore nipples, as she rubs it on her own breasts (we see her with her hand in her top). A man holds a woman from the buttocks while demonstrating a cheerleading move (they are not married to each other and her husband watches in dismay).
 Men are nude in a locker room: one man has a towel wrapped around his waist and another is seated in a wheelchair with a towel around his shoulders; the standing man reacts to the endowment of the seated man who says, "You can look, he likes it." A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man climbs out of bed wearing a T-shirt and boxer shorts.
 A husband and wife kiss in a few scenes. A husband crawls into bed and kisses his wife.
 There's a reference about a man and his wife having sex. A man tells a woman, "I still have your panties from..." and she interrupts him. A man complains that he and his wife are not having sex very often anymore. A wife tells her husband that she had sex with another man before they were married. A man talks about his wife's insatiable appetite for sex. A man makes a joke about a name as being one that he can imagine belonging to an overweight person who likes "internet porn." A man talks about another man getting "sympathy sex." A wife talks with a woman about her husband's genitals being curved.
 A marriage counselor suggests that he and a married couple should "hold each other's genitals" and reaches for the man and the woman sitting across from him (the couple is appalled and recoils).
 A husband and wife lie in bed together talking (they are both clothed).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man throws a physically challenged man down a flight of stairs (he is OK). A man grabs a man around the throat and squeezes. A man punches a man three times. A man kicks another man in the crotch and flips him on the ground.
 A man is struck by a bus (we see him later with both legs in casts). A man in a pickle costume crashes hard into a railing and falls back onto the ground, holding his crotch. A man crashes his bike into a parked car, flips into the windshield breaking it, and then lands on the ground (he's OK). A man crashes a bike and lands in shrubs. A man's fingers are pinched in wheelchair wheels a few times during a basketball game. A man burns his hand on a hot lamp and yells obscenities.
 A husband and wife strike each other several times with increasing power, using NERF bats. A woman with a lawn chemical sprayer charges toward a man and sprays him in the face when he harasses a boy (the man runs to a sink screaming, and rinses his eyes). A man is struck a few times by a basketball during a game.
 A man squirts sauce on his boss's face, who then slaps the man hard across the face with a raw pork chop; they scuffle, one man strikes the other repeatedly with the pork chop and they both race through a kitchen and out into a crowded restaurant.
 A man is held by the arms by two other men who pull him out of a building. A man grabs a boy's skateboard away from him and the boy falls to the ground.
 On a TV show a man talks about a woman beating her daughter-in-law. A woman talks about babies having constipation. A man makes a joke about a man being physically challenged. A man talks about having a bladder control problem.
 A boy shoves an entire hamburger in his mouth and swallows it whole, in a couple of scenes.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 18 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for physically handicapped, name-calling (big nose, idiot, stupid, loser, sissy, weird, creepy, twerp), 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at a dinner party, people drink alcohol in a restaurant scene, and a man drinks alcohol in several scenes (once while mowing the lawn) and another man refers to him as a problem drinker.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, previous sexual relationships, disabilities, responsibility, raising a family, having a purpose in life, weakness, loneliness, jealousy, greed, circumcision, sociopaths, sympathy sex, love, relationships, embarrassment, forgiveness.

MESSAGE - Finding your place includes finding what makes you happy.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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