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Horrible Bosses [2011] [R] - 7.6.10



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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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After having had enough of their awful bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell), three friends (Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis) conspire to kill one another's bosses. Also with Donald Sutherland, Jamie Foxx, Julie Bowen, Bob Newhart and Isaiah Mustafa. Directed by Seth Gordon. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman shows a man a collection of photographs of the two of them (the man appears to be sedated) in multiple sexual positions and the woman tells a man that she will show another woman the photographs; we see the following photographs: A man is shown (presumably nude and we see his bare arms and shoulder) lying on top of a woman that is on her hands and knees with a suggestive expression and implied to be nude (no nudity is visible), a woman (fully clothed) with her mouth at a man's crotch implying oral sex, a woman straddling a man implying sex (the man's bare chest is visible), and a man and a woman that appear to be engaged in sex with the woman lying on top of the man.
 A woman is seen in a bubble bath, implied to be fully nude and sexually pleasuring herself (no nudity is visible but we see her hand moving in a suggestive manner under the bubbles) as she forces a man to graphically describe the various sexual positions and activities they will perform; we hear the man graphically describing sexual activities to her over the phone as two other men listen to the conversation.
 It is implied that a man has sex with a woman; we see the woman adjusting her dress (no nudity is visible) and the man buckling his belt as they walk out of a room together, another man asks the man if he had sex with the woman and the man implies that he had (we later hear an audio recording of the man and woman's sexual exchange as the woman describes the man's genitals).
 A woman pulls down a man's pants while another man watches, she puts her face very close to his brief-style underwear and begins addressing his genitals; the man shouts at the woman for being a pervert and sexually harassing him. A woman tells a man that he will have to have sexual intercourse with her; we see the man's shocked face and it is implied that the woman grabbed his crotch (we do not see her hands on his crotch).
 Four women wearing bikini-style tops and short skirts dance suggestively with a shirtless man, and the women lick the man's bare chest and the man licks the women's necks and faces; we see them dancing suggestively with and on top of the man as the man's bare chest is pressed against a glass window and while a man watches through the window in disgust. A woman wearing a cleavage-exposing bra and underwear eats phallic-shaped food in a suggestive manner while a man watches. A woman takes off her dress as a man watches; we see her removing her dress in a suggestive fashion and we see a portion of her bare back and bra straps. A woman wearing a cleavage-exposing bra and underwear motions to a man who rushes toward her while unhooking his belt and it is implied they have sex. A woman wearing a lab coat appears to be nude (we see cleavage and the bare sides of her breasts, bare torso and underwear), a man tells the woman that he feels awkward about her nudity, and the woman says that she is not nude because her genitals are not visible.
 A man dressed as a woman (we see his shadowed outline and he appears to be wearing a woman's skirt and shirt) smacks a robed man's behind and it is implied that the two men and a woman wearing a robe had engaged in an unidentified sexual activity.
 A woman licks the neck and ear of a man, runs her hands over his chest, massages his chest and nipples through his shirt, and then smacks the man's behind and walks away leaving the man looking dejected. A woman places the hand of a man (the man is sedated) on her clothed breast as another man watches in disgust.
 During an outtake at the end of the movie, we see a man pantomiming receiving oral sex and thrusting his hips, as another man bends down in front of him. We see a man sticking a variety of bathroom objects (toothbrush, razor, dental floss) down the back of his pants (no nudity is visible) and we see the man making strange faces as it is implied he is putting the objects in his anus.
 A man kisses a woman. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A woman hugs a man and kisses him on the cheek.
 Due to a man's crude nickname, three other men expect him to describe having sex with his mother when he starts a story by saying he snuck into his mother's room and she was passed out and naked on her bed; the man completes the story with a non-sexual ending. A man tells two other men that he put bathroom objects into his buttocks, and one man shouts at the man saying he had placed bathroom objects into his anus and his DNA will be traced; we later see a flashback of a man sticking a toothbrush down the back of his pants (no nudity is visible).
 A man offers to perform sexual acts on several men for money and the men turn him down. On multiple occasions we hear a man referring to himself as being on the sexual predator list, as well as two other men repeatedly joking that a man is a sexual deviant after being arrested for urinating on a playground. A man jokes with another man that he is a pervert after showing his genitals at a playground and the man clarifies that he was intoxicated and urinated in an empty playground at night. Two police officers refer to a man's previous criminal charges of sexual misconduct for public urination in a playground. A woman jokingly teases a man about his charge for sexual misconduct, saying that he "likes to pee on little boys." Two men have an extended conversation, half-jokingly discussing being raped in prison. Two men ask another man which one of them, half-jokingly, would be more likely to be raped while in prison. A man half-jokingly says that another man is "on all fours" for the remainder of his life while in prison. A man shouts at a woman, accusing her of raping him by taking photographs of them in sexually suggestive poses while he was sedated. A man tells two other men that a woman had taken sexual photographs of him and the woman in various positions and the two men joke that they want to see the photographs. A man shouts at another man that offers to perform sexual acts for money, telling him to stop offering sexual acts for money. A man tells a woman that another man offers to perform sexual acts for money. A man tells two men that a woman offered to have sex with him. A woman tells a man in graphic terms that she wants to have sex with him while he is on top of a woman that is sedated. A woman describes to a man in graphic terms how she had vigorously sexually stimulated herself. A man shouts at another man, asking him if he was having sex with his wife; the man then shouts at his wife asking her if she was having sex with the other man. A man tells two other men, using anatomical terms, that he is going to have sexual intercourse with a woman. A man tells another man that a woman had attempted to have sex with him while he was on top of his medically sedated fiancée. A man offers to perform oral sex on a man (during an outtake of the movie, as a joke). A man tells three men that he is going to urinate on them for sexual gratification in exchange for money. A woman makes a crude remark about a man's genitals being visible after she sprays his pants with water. A woman makes a crude remark to a man about the size of his genitals. A woman makes a crude remark about her sexual performance and side effects. A man tells two other men that he wants to have sex with a woman. A man tells two other men that he had sex with a woman. A man tells four other men that he had been busy having sex with a woman. A man tells another man that he had sex with a woman. A man shouts at another man for having sex with a woman. A man makes a crude joke about putting his genitals in honey, and asks another man if he would do the same. We hear a man's voiceover saying that he had not had sex with anyone in over six month, unless he is counting himself (implied masturbation). A man tells another man that he believes his wife is having an affair. A man tells three other men to investigate several people to find out who they are having sex with and the men act disgusted. A man jokes that something is going to jump out and bite him on his genitals. A man half-jokingly tells another man that he was planning on lying on a beach and having a woman serve him drinks.
 A man looks through a pair of binoculars at a person's behind, he smiles, then realizes that he is looking at a man's backside and puts the binoculars down immediately.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man shoots another man point-blank in the chest; he slumps to the ground with blood on his chest, the man then shoots him in the head, and we see blood on the ground around the man's body.
 A man shoots himself in the leg; we see a spray of blood coming from the wound as he shouts in pain.
 A man watches as another man falls to the ground and gasps for air, he motions to his chest as the man stabs him repeatedly with an EPI pen; the man gasping for air recovers from an allergic reaction and a woman tells the man with the EPI pen that he had saved the man's life.
 A man driving an SUV purposefully smashes into the back of a car with three men inside, forcing it to wreck into another car, and the SUV then t-bones the car, sending it spinning into on-coming traffic; the driver and two passengers are unharmed and drive away, they come to a stop and the SUV slams into the side of the car, setting off the airbags and causing the man in the backseat of the car to be thrown sideways.
 A man imagines himself lunging at a man, punching him to the ground and then dragging his body across the floor; the man then throws the other man through a window as other people stand around and cheer and we see the man's body smash into a car (no blood is visible). A man punches another man in the face and he falls to the ground. A man slaps another man on the forehead. A man slaps another man on the back of the head. A man punches a man as he is driving a car; the man driving the car shouts at the man tries to grab him. A man slaps another man. Two men repeatedly slap one another in a joking manner. A man grabs a man's neck and holds him in a fake chokehold.
 A man panics and drives rapidly away from a house; we see him running a red light and hear cars squeal to avoid hitting him and honking their horns. A man runs into a garage door and he stands up unharmed. A man kicks a car repeatedly.
 A man screams after being surprised when a cat jumps onto his shoulder. A man screams when surprised by a cat leaping onto his chest. We hear a voice crying out for help from the trunk of a car; a man asks another man if he hears the voice and the man says he does not.
 A man shoves a pen down his throat, we hear him gurgle and see vomit come out of his mouth, onto his chin and into a trashcan. A woman acts disgusted as she watches a man vomit and another man shouts at the man for getting sick. We see the back of a man and hear sounds of urinating coming from a bathroom after a man tells three other men that he has to urinate. A man sneezes and we see him show a large piece of mucus on his palm to another man.
 A man tells two other men that he had shot a man in the chest and then again in the head, and the man then threatens to shoot the two men, as well as a third man. A man waves a gun at three men, shouting threats and telling them he will kill them. A man threatens to beat up another man. A man grabs a baseball bat and threatens three other men with it. A man tells another man that he can "crush him" (figuratively) at any time. A man shouts at three other men saying that he had killed another man but would frame the three men for the murder. A man tells another man that he had watched a man shoot another man. Three men tell a man that another man had killed a person. A man shouts at another man, saying that he does not care if chemicals being dumped on their land injure a race of people. A man shouts at three other men and reaches under his jacket; the men flinch thinking the man has a gun (he was not reaching for a gun). Three men discuss how they want to hire a hit man to kill their bosses. A man asks another man if he knows anyone that would perform a murder for hire. A man discusses with three other men that they must kill one another's intended murder victims. Several men half-jokingly say they should kill one another's bosses. A man jokingly tells two other men that he is going to cut up a woman and put her in a box delivered to the two men. A man half-jokingly shouts at another man for helping to save a man he was intending to kill. A man tells another man that an older man had a heart attack and that his heart burst in his chest "like a water balloon." A man tells another man that his grandmother had died; the man teases him about his grandmother dying. A man tells another man that he was at the man's father's funeral. A man makes a rude joke about his father being dead.
 A man discusses being paid to urinate on three men; he explains he does not want to stain the carpet of a room with urine. A man jokes that he would rather be urinated on than drive through a dangerous neighborhood. An older man asks his son if he is having digestive problems because he is frequently using the bathroom, and the younger man then crudely remarks that he will check with the man when he is defecating or urinating. A man tells two other men in crude terms that he has to defecate.

PROFANITY 10 - About 95 F-words and its derivatives, 3 obscene hand gestures, 37 sexual references, 64 scatological terms, 47 anatomical terms, 26 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (twisted, old, dirty little man, spineless, schmuck face, losers, liar, jerk, absolute monster, Mafioso, large Marge, dummy, Professor Xavier, evil, crazy, weird, insubordinate, dishonest, drunk, stupid, little runt, fatty, cripple, sucker, idiot, low life, bugger, dirty bird, thug, Twinkie, nimwit, disgusting, hamster, freaky, perp, video pirate, lame, dirty boy, crazy man), 5 religious profanities, 23 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men handle a box of a white powder that they identify as cocaine, they drop the box and inhale and taste the cloud of cocaine and begin to act intoxicated, a man refers to accidentally ingesting cocaine and how he is very "high" (we see him acting very intoxicated and erratic, we hear a man snorting and later see him wiping his nose), and a man refers to another man as a "cokehead" on multiple occasions. Men and women are seen drinking alcohol in bars and at parties, a man is offered and then rapidly drinks a glass of liquor, and a man refers to another man as a drunk and mentions that he has a drinking problem. A dentist turns up the laughing gas on a man, a man remarks that it is "too high," we see photographs of a man taken while he was under sedation, and a woman is placed under sedation for a dental procedure.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sexual harassment, revenge, hostile work environments, alcoholism, blackmail, depression, happiness, engagements, mental illnesses, jealousy, murder for hire, racism, sexism, video pirating, Law and Order, ipso facto legal term, plotting to murder someone, infidelity in marriage, sexual proclivity.

MESSAGE - Plans for revenge do not always work out.

Special Keywords: S7 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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