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Identity Thief [2013] [R] - 6.6.9



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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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Stolen identities allow a woman (Melissa McCarthy) to enjoy a posh lifestyle. But her style is cramped when a person (Jason Bateman) whose ID she uses comes after her. Also John Cho, Jon Favreau and Amanda Peet. Directed By Seth Gordon. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman seduces a man in a bar, gets drunk with him, and tells him that her male traveling companion, who just walked in, likes to watch sex because he is injured and cannot perform himself: the woman and the first man dance, she does splits in front of him, simulates oral sex, they dance simulating anal sex, and in the second man's motel room the woman and the first man writhe and dance around as the second man locks himself in the bathroom; the first man drops his pants and shimmies, he uses his belt to simulate a long penis, whips it up and down as he makes elephant trumpeting noises, they jump onto the bed (we see his head and shoulders bouncing up and down and we see her head bouncing on the end of the bed), we hear groaning and grunting and we hear both scream loudly off screen.
 A woman in a bubble bath places an empty Champagne bottle beneath the tall suds and appears to be masturbating, judging from her expression as she pounds the side of the tub with one hand and says, "That's almost it" (please see the Substance Use category for more details).
 A wife sits in her husband's lap, they kiss and he carries her off screen; he says he has a "room in back" and sex is implied.
 A woman falls on the floor of a bank lobby and a bank officer rushes forward, rubs her thigh to relieve a cramp and ends up rubbing her buttock as she moans with pleasure. A woman caresses an unconscious man's bearded face and says he smells like sandwiches, which she likes.
 A man is shown asleep and covered with a blanket; a fully clothed woman gets in bed beside him and pulls the blanket off him as she turns over, revealing his bare buttocks and legs from the back (he is wearing shoes and socks). In a bar scene, women wear tight, short skirts that reveal most of their thighs and lower legs; their blouses are deeply cut and short, revealing cleavage and bare midriffs. A man pulls his jeans off to get a snake out of them (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and he's in long boxer shorts. A wife in bed wears a top with thin straps that reveal her bare shoulders; her husband wears a long-sleeved T-shirt and sweat pants as they talk and go to sleep.
 A woman tells the wife of her male friend that he never touched her while on a road trip; the woman talks about her "irresistible triangle," pointing to her own breasts and pubic area, and the wife smiles. A woman tells two little girls never to let brown bears with cornrows (implying Black men) touch them in their private areas.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man and a woman knock on a woman's door, shoot the handle out and enter the house: the woman and a man inside the house rush outside, she stabs a tire on the other couple's car, and they get into another car and speed away; the shooting couple chases them until they meet a bounty hunter that shoots each of them in an ankle (we see no blood), puts them in the trunk of a car, has several traffic accidents, rolls a van several times (he appears unhurt), gets shot in the neck and side of the head (we see some blood and bandages later), slams through a police roadblock, and is captured and arrested and the couple in the trunk of his car is arrested amid cursing and complaining.
 A man and a woman are arrested and placed into the back of a police cruiser until the woman punches out the back windshield with her elbow and the two escape: they jump from an overpass to a grassy area and he falls on the pavement where she pushes him out of the way of a car; she is struck by the car and is thrown into the air and then skids across the pavement (the camera cuts to her on the ground, but she gets up unharmed).
 A woman in jail punches a female guard in the throat for calling her a name, she gets tasered by another guard and gets up from the ground unharmed. Throughout the film, a woman punches several men and one woman in the throat, knocking them down, but seemingly not producing serious injuries. A real estate salesman insults a African-American man and Hispanic woman, saying they are not traditional enough for his town; the man slams the salesman's head into a desk, the salesman groans and the other man demands information about a woman the salesman was dating as the scene ends. A man and woman in a bus station leave quickly as a bounty hunter enters, grabs the stationmaster by the neck and demands information.
 A woman sees that she is being followed on the freeway, slows down, slams on her brakes and is rear-ended, she leaves her car, claiming a neck injury, steals the other driver's car and when he gets into her car, she pushes it into a guardrail and speeds away; the man follows the woman to her house where they struggle and they break many knickknacks and lamps. A man tells a woman that stole his identity that he will kill her; they struggle physically several times, she punches him in the throat and runs but he catches her.
 In a chase scene, a man drives an old car off a highway into oncoming traffic, crosses the median and rejoins the flow of traffic; he chases a van in which a bounty hunter has his female friend, the woman breaks out as the van rolls (no one is hurt) and the woman duct tapes the bounty hunter into the back of the van. On a highway, a man parks a rental car by the side of the road and a semi-truck runs over it, demolishing it. A woman texts and drives recklessly (no accident occurs).
 A woman throws an empty liquor bottle against a bar wall and smashes it (no one is hurt), she attempts to hang from a chandelier, but falls on her face (she is not harmed) and she is arrested after punching a barman in the throat (he falls and gets up unhurt).
 In the woods at night, a snake climbs up a man's pant leg and he shouts and rips off his jeans; another snake drops form a tree to his shoulders and the man's female friend grasps a fiery torch and burns the snake and the man until the snake dies (the snake bites the man in the neck first, but he survives).
 A drug kingpin in prison bribes guards to use cell phones, on which he instructs thugs to kill a woman that owes him money and kill anyone else that gets in the way; the thugs chase the money-owing woman through several towns and end up getting arrested on assault and drug charges. A bounty hunter enters a nail salon and questions the owner; when he receives no answers, he pours nail polish remover on the floor and lights his cigarette lighter as a threat and the owner provides the information to save her shop. A man is arrested at work for missing a court date for assault; he is released when the police find that the perpetrator is actually someone else.
 In a restaurant, a woman gets free food by telling the waitress that her male friend is her firefighter husband, whose genitals were shredded in a fire, causing him to bully her all the time. We hear that a man's wife died and he and his woman friend cry. We hear that a drug ring is chasing a woman for money. A woman tells a man that she drives drunk all the time without ever having had an accident.
 A woman vomits neon green liquid on a police officer after she is arrested in a bar. A woman sleeps in a department store reclining chair and drools.

PROFANITY 9 - About 45 F-words and derivatives, 3 sexual references, 36 scatological terms, 19 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, idiot, crazy, vagina, sissy boy, liar, thief, fraud, baby, sociopath, sick, Hobbit, Bilbo, Batman, dykes, chump, Mega Mind, whores, tranny), stereotypical references to African-Americans, Hispanics, Kenyans, men, women, orphans, corporate executives, conservatives, gay men, gay women, hermaphrodites, police departments, exclamations, 6 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A husband tells his wife that he is taking her anxiety pills, a woman steals a bottle of prescription pills from a man and mixes them in alcohol to give to another man (she changes her mind and discards the drink), we hear that a large drug ring is chasing people that owe them money, and a man is shown in prison for drug trafficking (we see no drugs). A woman buys liquor for a crowd of people at a bar where she and several other people are shown drinking and she becomes drunk (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a woman and several other people drink shots at a bar, people at tables in a bar drink cocktails and beer from bottles, a barman tells a woman that she cannot buy friends with alcohol, a man and a woman drink wine with dinner, a woman drinks from a champagne bottle while in a bubble bath, men and woman dancing in a bar drink cocktails and beer from bottles as they dance and talk, and a woman tells a man that she drives drunk all the time without accidents. A bar features a smoky dance floor (we see no cigarettes).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Identify theft, corporate America, credit card debt, credit reports, crime, racketeering, drug rings, murder, corrupt prisons, family, friends, redemption, making amends, obesity.

MESSAGE - Know yourself and guard your identity or face heavy consequences.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P9 - MPAAR

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