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First Sunday [2008] [PG-13] - 3.4.5



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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 (Ice Cube), down on his luck and unable to find a job is desperate to raise some money to keep the mother of his son from moving away. After all of his employment opportunities dry up, he and his best friend (Tracy Morgan) scheme to rob the neighborhood church. But they end up instead unwittingly uncovering unsavory activity. Also with Katt Williams, Loretta Devine, Michael Beach, Keith David, Regina Hall, Chi McBride and C.J. Sanders. Directed by David E. Talbert. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man lies face down on a massage table (his bare back and legs are visible and he wears jockey shorts), someone climbs on his back, pours oil on him and begins massaging; the man moans with pleasure, the person on his back cracks what seems like a whip, whispers in his ear, and the man jumps up screaming when he realizes that the masseuse is a man dressed as a woman.
 A man in a massage parlor hears a woman moaning in a room and then a goat. A man flirts with a woman (she's an employee of a massage parlor) and she caresses his face and head.
 A man tries to gesture to two men that he needs help by blinking his eyes, and one of the men thinks he is making a pass.
 A woman removes her jacket and we see her low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders, bare back and bare legs. A woman wears a low-cut and short dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and bare legs to the thigh. Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. Two men admire a woman as she walks and the camera focuses on her tight-fitting skirt. A man shines a flashlight on a woman's buttocks in a tight-fitting skirt.
 A woman makes a remark about it being as hot as "4 sisters in g-strings in a phone booth." A man says, "I am not infected and I have papers to prove it."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man pushes another man and threatens him with a gun. A man shoots a gun in the air and threatens several people. Heavily armed police surround a church and force their way in (no gunfire is exchanged).
 A man punches another man in the face (we see him with bandages on his eyebrow later).
 Two men slide down a laundry chute, land hard on the floor at the bottom, run from a building and are chased by police with guns (they are not caught). Two men in a van are chased by police through busy streets, the back door of the van opens and wheelchairs roll out and onto the street, the van nearly crashes into an oncoming truck and then does crash into a crab cart (crabs and ice are thrown onto the windshield).
 A man sticks an explosive to the door of a safe, he flips the trigger but there is not an immediate explosion (when it does explode, there is smoke but no one is harmed).
 A man is tied and taped into a chair and we see him that way through much of the movie.
 A boy talks about his mother having left him and that she promised she would come back for him. People call out to a man who is threatening another man, "Shoot him, shoot him" (he does not). Someone talks about a woman whose head got stuck in the sliding doors of a drug store. A man says that as a child he was threatened by his foster parent that she would "Beat you 'til candy come out." A man makes several disparaging comments about a woman being overweight.
 A man and a woman argue in several scenes and she threatens to leave town with their son. Two men are threatened in several scenes and one of the men doing the threatening says, "tic, tock, gun shot" and makes gestures with his hands in the shape of guns. A woman threatens to beat a man up.
 Two men are sentenced to 5000 hours of community service, and they yell and complain and must be removed from the courtroom.
 A dog jumps against a fence and barks viciously at two men as they pass. A man climbs the side of a building, breaks a window and goes inside.
 A man faints and a woman faints.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 2 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms (1 anatomical), 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (fool, coward, chump, cranky, miscreant), 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two people on a street drink from a paper wrapped bottle (presumably alcohol) and two men drink several small cups of wine during a church service. A woman takes a pill (presumably prescription). We read two bumper stickers that say "Honk if you like weed."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Petty crime, robbery, armed robbery, desperation, wasted potential, making bad choices, forgiveness, role models, transvestites, hostage situations, foster parenting, parenting, selfishness, single parenting, salvation, changing direction, disrespecting, selling hope, jealousy, the legal system.

MESSAGE - Everyone deserves a second chance.

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