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Howard Stern's Private Parts



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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

The life and times of radio talk show host Howard Stern are immortalized on celluloid.

SEX/NUDITY 8 - Some kissing. Lots and lots of sexual innuendo (including references to incest, oral sex, S&M, the size of one's private parts and homosexuality). A boy simulates sex with his puppets. A couple of scenes with couples in bed making-out; they begin to undress but no nudity is seen. A couple take off some of their clothes (she's in her bra and he's in boxers) and they hop into bed to have sex (nothing is seen). A woman satisfies herself by touching her body in different places (we see her bare breasts). A lesbian orgy with topless women kissing and fondling each other. A woman simulates oral sex with a sausage. Full frontal nudity and the bare buttocks of a woman are seen as she gives a man a massage. Other scantily clad and topless women are seen in a few scenes, and men's bare buttocks in several scenes. A woman is apparently touching a man's crotch underwater while in a jacuzzi.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A fake-looking student film shows a man being stabbed (some blood). A cigarette is put out on a man's tongue (during an S&M sequence). A man is hit in the face and head by a frisbee a few times. Two men struggle over a phone and the phone hits one in the face resulting in a bloody nose. A man is accidentally hit with a small statue.

PROFANITY 8 - About 40 F-words, some scatological references, many mild obscenities, many anatomical references, a couple of racial slurs. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Shock jocks, unpopularity, ambition, the media.

MESSAGE - Howard Stern seems to be a pretty nice person behind all the shocking talk.

Special Keywords: S8 - V2 - P8 - MPAAR

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