Forces of Nature

 
 

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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Strangers Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck encounter numerous mishaps while traveling to Georgia for her business meeting and his wedding to Maura Tierney. Also with Steve Zahn, Blythe Danner, Ronny Cox, Joe Don Baker, Jack Kehler, Meredith Scott Lynn and David Strickland.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Lots of sexual innuendo. Kissing, often passionately. We see a clothed couple kissing and cuddling in bed and a clothed man lying on top of a clothed woman, kissing her. A woman wearing a bra and thong underwear (we see her bare backside) dances suggestively in front of a group of men; she also stands on her head, spreads her legs in front of a man, wraps her legs around his neck and then pulls herself up from the floor onto his shoulders, putting her crotch in his face. For a strip-tease act, a woman undresses a man down to his boxers in front of many other men (we see a bit of his bare chest as he opens and closes his unbuttoned shirt). We briefly see a woman's bare calves, back, stomach and shoulders as she undresses and bathes, and we see a woman in her bra and panties and a woman wearing some cleavage-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two men have heart attacks; one clutches his chest and falls to the ground and the other simply passes out. We briefly see a film clip of a man being gored during a bullfight (no blood is visible). While a plane is taxiing down a runway, a bird is sucked into its engine; the plane loses control and eventually crashes into a sign (the passengers aren't seriously injured, though we later see a few people with bandages on their heads). A woman is accidentally hit with a laptop computer and gets a slightly bloody bump on her forehead. During a scuffle, a man punches a man in the stomach, a man slaps another, and a man pushes a woman. A tree limb is struck by lightning and nearly hits some people. We see a building engulfed in flames.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, a few anatomical references, several scatological references, several mild obscenities and many insults. Two obscene finger gestures. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, weddings, divorce, infidelity, bachelor parties, gay bars, marijuana use.

MESSAGE - Be with the person you love and then hope for the best.

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

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