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The Guilt Trip [2012] [PG-13] - 5.3.5



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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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An inventor (Seth Rogen) plans a cross-country marketing trip for his new cleaning product that is safe enough to drink. Instead of saying goodbye to his mother (Barbra Streisand), he invites her along and their weeklong trip takes some unexpected turns. Also with Bret Cullen, Adam Scott and Nora Dunn. Directed by Anne Fletcher. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and his mother visit a topless bar where women are writhing and dancing around poles; all the dancers wear skimpy bikinis that reveal bare backs and cleavage, with bare thighs and one of the dancers offers a private dance to the son, who replies, "Oh, I'd love too, but maybe some time my mother isn't with me."
 In Las Vegas, one of the lighted club signs shows the rear view of a showgirl (we see her bare buttocks and bare thighs) while the shoulders and upper back are wrapped in a clingy dress and the skirt is spilt and trails to the front. Inside a club, we see two showgirls from the back wearing close-fitting sequined jackets that reveal bare midriffs and floor-length skirts with low waistbands that bare the tops of the buttocks.
 An older man speaks with an older woman that won an eating contest, saying that her ability to eat such an amount is attractive; he gives her his phone number and she calls him several days later as she walks out of an airport and off screen (dating is suggested). A woman and her adult son attend a party where older women smile at her son (he does not respond) and she tells men who try to speak to her to go away.
 As a woman drives a car, one bra strap shows slightly; as they pass a hitchhiker, she says, "Never pick up a hitchhiker. They rape," and later, over the closing credits, they both decide that hitchhikers rape both men and women. Visiting an old girlfriend with his mom, a man learns that the younger woman is married and pregnant (we see her very large abdomen); her husband says that the pregnancy was the result of two Margaritas and the film "Love, Actually" and the wife describes how her old boyfriend proposed to her on a football field at high school and she turned him down.
 A man says to his mother while driving on a highway, "You told me about penetrating sex with girls when I was very young" and the mother does not respond. A woman tells her adult son that her woman friend is a lesbian and the son seems embarrassed; she also tells him that attending her friends' single parties is like whoring herself out without a thong. A woman tells her adult son that she fell in love with a young man when she was 19, but that he was not serious about the relationship and told her to marry someone else; she says that they were very passionate for a short time (suggesting sex), but broke up after she received a marriage proposal from another man. On a road trip, a woman plays an audio book in the car and we hear suggestive phrases: "She had never felt spooning in bed or a man become hard against her spine" and "one of his hands was rubbing her softly between the legs"; the woman tells her adult son on the trip that the story is "about a hermaphrodite... You know, a boy and a girl" causing her son to grimace. A man says in his presentation to a group of business people, "I didn't stay at the EPA for three years because of the ladies" and the audience just stares at him. A woman tells her adult son that his penis was blue when he was two months old and repeats this fact four times; the son looks embarrassed and says he wants to vomit (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman complains of hot flashes in two scenes, describing them as feeling like being suddenly on fire; in another scene, another woman complains of a hot flash and fans herself.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - In a bar argument (please see the Substance Use category for more details), tempers flare and the adult son of a woman slaps an older man's face for attempting to give his mother a drink; the older man punches the son and we later see that the bottom of his eye and his cheek are red, black and blue (the bruise clears up in a few hours).
 A man drinks a partial glass of all-purpose cleaner to show that it is nontoxic and says, "If any of my competitors say their product is nontoxic, let them drink it, because no one wants to [scatological term deleted] blood on TV."
 An outtake shows a woman falling in front of a car and off screen below the frame as the car moves away from the camera and we hear a man shout, "You hit someone" as the scene goes black behind the credits.
 In a snowstorm, a small car becomes caught on the highway among three trucks and lurches as if a tire goes flat; the man and the woman in the car shout and pull off the highway to learn that ice buildup was rubbing the tire and it is not ruined.
 A man and his mother argue several times about whom he should date and how he should do his work; in one loud argument in a motel room, both shout and curse and the scene ends with the woman walking out of the room. A man and his mother visit one of his old girlfriends, learn that she is married and argue about whether they should have visited her or not. A man with a new nontoxic cleaning product shouts at a warehouse store manager, cursing and saying he will not change his product labels.
 At a get together, we hear that a woman's husband is dead, but that's OK, because he was horrible. We hear that a man died five years ago, but the cause of death is not mentioned. We hear that a man has TB. We hear that most cleaning products are toxic and harmful. In a topless bar (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), a man tells his mother that he wants to projectile vomit because they are in such a place together. In a restaurant, a man tells his mother, who is in an eating contest, "I don't want to watch you vomit in front of people."

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 11 scatological references, 5 anatomical references, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (gross, stupid, crazy, idiotic, peculiar, blind, psycho, self-absorbed, condescending, nasty, Big Bad Son), exclamations (shut up), stereotypical references to scientists, single men, Jewish mothers, Asians, Texans, widows, hitchhikers, corporate executives, 7 religious profanities, 15 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men and woman drink cocktails and beer from bottles at a party, empty beer bottle sit on tables at a party, a man sits in his motel room and drinks three small airline-size bottles of whiskey, a woman sips a Bloody Mary, a man finds his mother sitting at a motel bar and drinking a martini with four men who are drinking from beer bottles and the woman slurs her words and becomes drunk (the son fights off a man who is trying to give her more drinks), a husband says his wife became pregnant with the help of two Margaritas, and a man stops another man from giving the first man's mother a martini. A man drinks all-purpose cleaner from a glass to demonstrate that it is nontoxic, and a woman says that she must buy Tylenol for herself and a woman friend.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, love, marriage, careers, inventions, success, commitment, insecurity, communication, determination, regrets, loss, moving on.

MESSAGE - People of all ages can grow up on a road trip.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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