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I Love You, Man [2009] [R] - 6.3.10



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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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Paul Rudd stars as a man who's preparing for his wedding when he realizes that he has no significant male friendships and thus has no one to ask to be his best man. After several unsuccessful attempts at making a new friend, he meets a man (Jason Segel) at a real estate open house and they start to get to know each other. Also with Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Jaime Pressly, Rob Huebel, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau and J.K. Simmons. Directed by John Hamburg. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A husband makes sexual overtures toward his wife after they argue in several scenes (asking her to dress up in costumes for him, or have sex with the lights on, all night long). A man shows another man a picture of an elderly woman using a self-gratification mechanism on the Internet (we do not see anything but the man is shocked); the man goes on to explain what happens when she reaches orgasm. A man tells another man where he masturbates and that he uses condoms. While talking to a man, a woman makes several sexually suggestive remarks. A man tells a woman in veiled terms that she should perform oral sex on her fiancé. A man makes a comment about another man and his girlfriend having anal sex, and then asks about oral sex. A gay man talks about how he flirts with straight men and how many he has seduced. A man makes a crude remark about another man having started dating his current girlfriend right after ending a previous relationship. Three women talk about sex and make references to oral sex. A man asks another man how the sex is with his girlfriend. Several people refer to a man going on a "man date." A man talks about his son being gay. A man talks about his father being an "honorary homo." A man talks about his son maturing early, using crude terms. Two men make suggestive gestures and comments about a waitress being "hot" and a man refers to another man's wife as being "smokin' hot." A man makes a derogatory comment about another man's endowment.
 A man and a woman lie in bed together and kiss. A man kisses another man after they have had dinner together and one man describes the kiss later as one man having used tongue. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes.
 Two men go out to dinner, one of them is gay and thinks the other is also (he is not) and there is a running gag about one man feeling jilted by the other man.
 We see a billboard with a photo of a man standing next to a woman wearing a thong bikini that reveals her bare buttocks. Several men are bare-chested in a locker room scene. A man pulls open his shirt and reveals his bare chest and abdomen. A man's pants droop low in the back and his buttocks cleavage is visible. A photo of a man wearing a bikini swimsuit is seen on a billboard (his endowment appears to be exaggerated). Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.
 A man grabs his crotch.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two men argue and one holds the other around the neck (he struggles and collapses). Two men fight in soccer stands (they shove each other and grab each other's clothing). A man grabs another man's crotch. A man slaps another man in the face.
 A woman swings a golf club, the ball strikes a man hard in the shin, he yells and curses and we see a large bruise on his leg later.
 Several people yell at a man after they step in the feces of the man's dog, and in one scene the dog's owner yells back and in another scene he runs away from a much larger man. A man falls over a couch (he's OK).
 A husband and his wife yell at each other and speak in a condescending manner, in many scenes throughout the movie.
 A man projectile vomits on another man (we see the vomit covering the man's face and chest). We see a dog defecating in several scenes.
 A woman asks a man if he threw up in another man's face. There are several references made to a picture of a man being embossed on urinal cakes and that people urinate on his face (using crude terms). A man tells another man, "That guy needs to fart," and they watch him while he does (he lifts his leg, and then waves his hand behind him). A man says, "I throw my own feces."

PROFANITY 10 - About 52 F-words and its derivatives, 4 obscene hand gestures, 36 sexual references, 24 scatological terms (5 mild), 19 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (freakazoid, sick-o, geek, creepy), a man makes a derogatory comment about a man's hair ("Jew fro"), 1 religious profanity, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Several men guzzle beers at a party, two men drink shots of alcohol and then beer, several people drink wine and alcohol at a restaurant, a woman drinks wine with dinner, two men drink beer in several scenes, and a man admits to being drunk and says he is going to call a cab. A man smokes a cigarette, and a man smokes a cigar. We see a bong and a man says, "We tripped acid together."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, relationships, infidelity, making platonic male friends, Anwar El Sadat, self-confidence, trying, failure, betrayal, success.

MESSAGE - Sometimes success comes only when you are pushed beyond your comfort level. Friendship is like marriage and it takes work.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P10 - MPAAR

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