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I Love You Phillip Morris [2010] [R] - 9.5.9



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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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A husband (Jim Carrey) confesses to his loving wife (Leslie Mann) that he is gay and he undergoes a series of transformations that lead to embezzlement, fraud and jail time. While incarcerated he meets another man (Ewan McGregor) and they fall in love. Also with Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone, Brennan Brown, Annie Golden and Marylouise Burke. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - Two men have sex: one man (he's bare-chested) thrusts vigorously while the other man is on his hands and knees; the man thrusting announces that he is going to climax and does so.
 A husband and his wife have sex in bed (they are both clothed in pajamas): we see the man thrusting vigorously on top of the woman, they stop and talk for a moment and then start again when he says "Let me finish."
 A man pulls another man's pants open (nothing is shown) and moves down and off-screen (it is implied that the man is performing oral sex on the other man) and the other man says, "Don't bite." We hear moaning on a boat, a man stands up and spits over the side of the boat and another man pulls his pants up from his ankles (we see his bare legs). A man masturbates while watching a movie in a room with other men (we see his arm moving rhythmically).
 A man draws a picture of male genitals with a smiling face. A boy points to the clouds in the sky and says, "I see a wiener" and we see a cloud shaped like male genitals. A man working at a deli counter sees breads that are arranged to resemble male genitals.
 A shower room scene shows nude men from the back (bare backs, buttocks and legs are visible). We see a man wearing jockey-type underwear while on the telephone and his bare chest and back from the side are visible. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage. A man is shown bare-chested and wearing swim trunks. A man wearing no pants (we see his bare buttocks) sits at a computer. A man is shown wearing fishnet stockings, hot pants and a tight-fitting tank top with high-heeled boots (another man assumes he is working in "vice"). Two men wearing bikini dance outfits (we see them bare-chested) dance in a club where other men watch and dance together.
 A husband and his wife kiss passionately in front of several other people. A husband and his wife kiss in a couple of scenes. Two men dance and kiss tenderly in an extended scene.
 Two men hug and lie in bed together. Two men hug and cuddle while watching a movie. Two men talk, and one says there is electricity between them and touches the other man on the arm. Two men walk arm in arm (one is bare-chested) while a man talks about "finding a boyfriend."
 A man talks about another man he had a relationship with making him dress up like a baseball player. A husband tells his wife that he is gay. A man asks other men, "How's it hanging'" and one replies "to the left."
 A man walks another man through a prison and talks about having to perform oral sex on other men for favors. A man walks through the hallway of a prison and we hear men making catcalls and see them looking at him with interest.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man in a car is struck by another car from the side (we see the car smashed and the man on a stretcher with blood on his head and face).
 A man punches another man in the face and head repeatedly (we see blood on his face and the other man's hand) while others watch and cheer. Two men fight with punches and wrestling on the ground in a prison and other men watch and cheer. A man slaps another man hard in the face.
 A man jumps off the roof of a hospital and lands on the ground (we see a bit of blood near his head and face on the ground). A man asks another man to hit him in the face with a telephone receiver (we see the man with a bloody and cut nose).
 A man in a grocery store slips and falls on oil that he spilled on the floor and complains of pain in his back. A man throws himself down an escalator (we do not see the resulting injuries).
 We see a man flat line in a hospital bed, and medical personnel runs into the room and tries to revive him (we don't see the result of their efforts). A man passes out behind the wheel of a moving car after taking many prescription drugs with alcohol (presumably attempting suicide). A man injects himself repeatedly with insulin and collapses foaming at the mouth.
 A boy mocks another boy for being adopted and his mother slaps him on the arm. We hear a man being beaten and tasered by prison guards (we do not see anything). We see a man being taken away by police in several scenes; in a couple of scenes he struggles and protests. A man runs through a prison yard being chased by several guards. A man pounds on a woman's front door and tears the screen out.
 A man lies in a hospital bed and says, "Love is why I'm laying here dying." A man is told he is HIV positive. A man confronts a woman that he thinks is his birth mother and demands to know why she gave him up. A man grieves after being told that another man died. A man yells in a prison cell and we hear that he does this incessantly at night.
 A man vomits repeatedly in a couple of scenes (we hear retching and we see him put his fingers down his throat). A man spits out some chocolate that he doesn't seem to like (we see some saliva). A man is shown in a care center bed and he looks gaunt and very sick. We see that a man has lost a lot of weight from vomiting and illness.

PROFANITY 9 - About 41 F-word and its derivatives, 22 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (derogatory term for African-Americans, derogatory references to homosexuals, derogatory term for a Jewish person, pig, moron), 1 religious profanity, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man pours a container of prescription pills in his mouth and swallows alcohol to wash them down (he spits some out), a man injects himself repeatedly with insulin and collapses foaming at the mouth, and a man tests his blood sugar and we see his insulin vials and syringes. People drink alcohol in a few club scenes, and people drink alcohol at a party.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adoption, finding birth parents, love, fraud, lying, betrayal, trust, homosexuality, HIV AIDS, faith, being good, morality, suicide, destiny, heartbreak, happiness.

MESSAGE - Love can drive you to extreme measures.

Special Keywords: S9 - V5 - P9 - MPAAR

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