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Friends with Kids [2012] [R] - 7.2.8



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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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Two lifelong friends (Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt) decide to have a child together and share custody, thinking that they can avoid the complications of married life. Also with Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns. Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman in bed together (he's bare-chested and she is wearing undergarments) watch a pornographic video on a computer and we see two women wearing thong panties (their bare buttocks and backs are visible) apparently performing oral sex on a bare-chested man (we hear moaning).
 A woman is shown nursing an infant and part of the woman's breast and areola are visible. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A man takes off his pants and we see him wearing boxer shorts.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately (he is shown wearing boxer shorts and she is wearing a bra and a short slip), they lie back on a bed and it is implied that they have sex. A man and a woman in bed kiss and it is implied that they have sex. A man and a woman are in bed, the woman is asleep and wearing lingerie (we see her bare hip and back) and the man lifts the sheet to look at her. A man and a woman are in bed together, the woman is covered with a sheet to the shoulders and the man is asleep wearing jockey style underwear (we see his bare back).
 A man and a woman kiss passionately and lie back on a sofa (sex is implied). We hear sexual moaning through a wall from a room next door while another man and a woman lie in bed together. A man and a woman kiss, lie back in bed and sex is implied. A husband and his wife kiss while in bed and the wife gestures to meet in another room (sex is implied). A man and a woman hug and the woman tries to kiss the man but he pulls away. A man tries to kiss a woman and she pulls away from him. A woman with a towel wrapped around her asks a man for his opinion about her physical condition, and he asks her to open her towel, which she does (we see her bare shoulders).
 A man asks a woman if she would let him have sex with her using crude terms and she replies in the affirmative using the same crude terms. While in bed together and preparing to have sex a man talks about the size of his endowment and the woman says she knows and that she heard from another woman who had been having sex with him. A woman discusses with a man that she had sex with another man and describes the size of his endowment as well as the condition of her genitals. A man discusses the size of a woman's breasts and her flexibility during sex. A man says, "I have never had sex like this before." A married man with children talks about having sex with his wife very infrequently. A man and a woman say that another couple went to the bathroom in a restaurant 20 minutes ago and it is implied that they are having sex. Two men and two women talk about another married couple having sex all the time and one woman makes reference to them having had sex at her father's funeral. A man says he hopes a woman has sex (using crude terms). A man says that a woman he is with "makes noises" and that they use unusual positions during sex. A man says, "I had a really dirty dream about her." A man and a woman talk about having a child together without getting married. A woman makes a comment about having to have oral sex with a man at her job in order to achieve her position. A woman seems unnerved by the fact that she has just had sex with a younger man (she jokingly says, "He's like 11, what's wrong with me?"). A man makes a reference to a woman not having had sex in a long time. A man makes a comment about having sex with another man's mother. A man jokingly talks about being afraid "your mom's gonna cut your penis off." A man and a woman discuss the man's attraction to women with large breasts. A man talks about the physical changes that can take place after a woman has a baby. A man talks about "streak night." A man makes a comment about a woman's genitals looking like a "jelly fish." A woman yells during labor, saying that it feels like the baby is coming out of a different orifice. A man makes a comment about "knocking up a Catholic girl." A woman describes a man as being effeminate. A man approaches a woman in a park and while talking, mentions that he has a child and that he is not married and in the course of conversation says, "This is coming out very gay." A man talks about his parents falling "out of love."
 A man is shown changing a toddler's diaper and we see feces smeared the child's bare buttocks.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A husband and his wife argue while at dinner with friends and he storms away saying, "She acts like I raped her to have a kid." A husband and his wife yell at each other in several scenes. A man yells at another man at a dinner table and makes accusations about his life choices and the impact they will have on a child's life. A wife sprays her husband with air freshener after he exits the bathroom and she says, "You're toxic."
 A man and a woman discuss what types of situations, usually unpleasant, they'd rather find themselves in (alligator or shark attack, dying a slow and painful death or watching a loved one die a slow and painful death). A man jokingly talks about being afraid "your mom's gonna cut your penis off." A woman yells during labor saying that it feels like the baby is coming out of a different orifice. A man makes a comment about a woman's genitals looking like a "jelly fish."
 A man and a woman are upset when a family with children is at a nearby table at an expensive restaurant.
 A man is shown changing a toddler's diaper and we see feces smeared on the wall, on the man's T-shirt and face and on the child's buttocks. We see a photo of a child's potty with feces in it. A man urinates with the bathroom door open and while talking to his wife (we hear the stream). A person makes reference to vomiting. A man makes a comment about a toddler having had "explosive diarrhea."
 A woman is shown in a delivery room during labor and she moans and yells as the baby is born.

PROFANITY 8 - About 33 F-words (one time from a toddler), 19 sexual references, 1 sexually suggestive hand gesture, 21 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (mean, angry, fat, cranky, normal people, gross, pig), religious profanities, 14 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman says, "I'm gonna take a pill" (in order to go to sleep) and we see a vial on her bedside table. Men and women drink wine with dinner at a restaurant and at a couple's apartment, people drink beer and wine with a meal, a man says, "I'm gonna keep drinking a lot" after announcing that he and his wife are going to have a baby, a man and a woman drink champagne, a man opens a bottle of champagne in a hospital room, two men drink beer at a bar, and a man appears to be drunk when he yells at several people around a dinner table.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, marriage, parenting, white collar criminals, divorce, trust, responsibility, commitment, meningitis, child born out of wedlock, jealousy, unconventional parenting.

MESSAGE - Parenthood can change relationships.

Special Keywords: S7 - V2 - P8 - MPAAR

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