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Frankie and Johnny



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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

In this romantic comedy/drama, Michelle Pfeiffer plays a diner waitress who's afraid to date and Al Pacino plays a cook who falls for her. Also with Nathan Lane, Hector Elizondo, Kate Nelligan, Jane Morris, Greg Lewis, Al Fann, Ele Keats, Fernando Lopez, Tim Hopper, Glenn Plummer and Goldie McLaughlin. Based on Terence McNally's stage play "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" and directed by Garry Marshall. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Lots of sexual innuendo. Kissing, often passionately; we briefly see several couples embracing and kissing on and near a couch. In an extended scene, a man and woman kiss passionately and roll around in bed (we see their bare backs and shoulders); he then moves slowly on top of her until we hear them yelling in pleasure (we also see her scratch his bare back). We see a woman's bare back, upper chest and upper part of her buttocks as she's thrusting on top of a clothed man; they then discuss whether he had an orgasm and the sexual position they were in. A man bites a woman's clothed buttocks, then lies between her spread legs and kisses her passionately. A man hires a prostitute but they only hold each other in bed. In several scenes, a clothed or scantily clad couple hold each other or talk in bed (we briefly see two men holding each other). A woman opens her robe for about 10 seconds so a man can see her nude body (we only see her bare shoulders and upper chest). We see a woman's bare stomach as she's lying in bed with a man (her breasts are covered). We see a few women in slips and short skirts, a few scantily clad prostitutes and a woman in her bra and panties. A man makes a hand gesture, implying masturbation.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see and hear a man slap, shake and throw a woman onto a bed. A woman throws a shoe at a man. An unconscious woman lying in a hospital bed has tubes in her nose; we later learn she died and see her casket. A woman chokes on some food; she hits herself in the chest a few times and recovers. A woman cuts her finger and bandages it (no blood is seen). A car bumps into another and one of the drivers grabs and yells at the other. A man's arm is in a sling throughout the movie and we briefly see a woman with a red, swollen cheekbone and a scab on her upper lip (it's implied that someone hit her). Someone has a mild seizure. We see a chalk outline of a body on the street and hear someone in the background saying a man was shot.

PROFANITY 6 - About 13 F-words and derivatives, some anatomical references, several scatological references, mild obscenities and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Falling in love, loneliness, abusive relationships, homosexuality, divorce, fear of relationships, prostitution, forgery, prison life.

MESSAGE - Don't let failed or abusive relationships keep you from falling in love again.

Special Keywords: S7 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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