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An Ideal Husband



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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: PG-13

In this 19th century comedy based on Oscar Wilde's play, a happily married couple's relationship is on the rocks when a conniving acquaintance threatens to reveal a dishonorable deed from the husband's past. With Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam, Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, John Wood, Lindsay Duncan, Peter Vaughan, Jeroen Krabbe, Benjamin Pullen, Michael Culkin and Marsha Fitzalan. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Many kisses, some passionate; a woman and a shirtless man kiss and briefly lie on top of each other in bed before the scene ends. A man touches a woman's cleavage for a few seconds while kissing her. We briefly see a woman's bare breast as she gets out of bed (a shirtless man is also in the bed) and we see lots of women in cleavage-revealing dresses. In one scene, men with towels wrapped around their waists sit in a sauna.


PROFANITY 2 - Some mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Blackmail, dishonesty, forgiveness, politics, bachelorhood.

MESSAGE - Nobody's perfect; two wrongs don't make a right; most lies and schemes are eventually discovered.

Special Keywords: S5 - V0 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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