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The Internship [2013] [PG-13] - 5.4.5



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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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Two salesmen (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) are digitally illiterate in 2005 when the company they work for closes down. While they can't keep up with technology, they talk a Google representative into taking them on for summer internships. Also with Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Joanna Garcia, John Goodman and Aasif Mandvi. Directed by Shawn Levy. [1:59]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - In a strip-club sequence pole-dancing women wear skimpy bikinis, garter belts and thigh-high stockings as they writhe around poles; one woman is dressed in a bikini and stockings while shaking and shimmying violently in the shadows, a glass-sided room on a stage shows men and women dancing with some pole dancers, and one dancer explains that she dances only for college tuition money; two male college students receive lap dances in close-up as we see a bikini-clad woman with each man from the waist up, writhing slightly at the shoulders, and the camera cuts twice to the men's washroom, where one of the men has angled the crotch of his pants under a hand dryer (ejaculation is implied, although his pants are dry).
 A scooter sales supervisor at a retirement center brings two quite elderly women to his new assistant and insists that the assistant have sex with them and him; the assistant quits. A man on a help desk tells a customer he will help fix an Internet problem so the male customer can go dance salsa and grind against strangers.
 After a dinner, a man takes his date to her apartment by cab and she sends their taxi away; he follows her inside and the scene ends (sex is implied). Two couples hold hands and a third couple kisses briefly in a cafeteria.
 Two middle-aged men share a bed, clothed in sweatpants and T-shirts, lying side by side until one man says he'll sleep on the couch to get away from the other's cold feet and leaves. A man slaps another man on the behind.
 A woman wearing a form fitting dress ending at mid-thigh with her thighs covered by tights bends over a mattress in a store, her large buttocks to the camera; the store owner asks a salesman if he has ever done "the back door," receives a shocked look, walks over to the woman and puts his arm around her waist as she lies on the mattress and he speaks of "pelvis ventilation" but does not explain that as the scene ends.
 Several women wear short-shorts and short dresses that leave legs bare from upper thigh to lower leg; some of them wear tank tops or V-necks that reveal cleavage. A few women wear dresses that have cutaways revealing bare shoulders and partial upper backs. A man says that he bought his wife implants and we later see her wearing a skimpy bikini; her breasts are huge and unmoving, with nipples barely covered and we also see bare arms and shoulders, partial bare thighs and bare lower legs. Men and women on sports teams wear mid-thigh shorts and jersey tops that occasionally rise to reveal a small amount of abdomen on males and females.
 During an orientation meeting, two men are asked whether dating co-workers is or isn't allowed and one incorrectly says, "Yes"; the other asks if it is OK to date an executive and receives a "No" answer. A man asks an older man to bump fists by saying, "Fist me," not understanding the sexual connotation. A man tells his work group that he nursed until the age of seven. A man asks a male friend to ice his testicles after a groin punch, but the friend walks away. A man says he took a picture of his penis and will email it to a girl, but his friends stop him.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - In a club, several men threaten a group of college students until two middle-aged men walk up and stop the incident, but one of the bullies turns suddenly and punches one of the older men, starting a bar fight in which a few tables are turned over as we hear tinkling glass; all of the fighters are thrown out of the bar and no one is injured. Two middle-aged men are directed to search for "Professor Xavier" in a wheelchair; they find a wheelchair bound man who shouts at them and punches one in the face and the other in the groin, dropping them, and they shout in pain. A college bully punches an overweight boy in the stomach, dropping him to the ground as the victim shouts in pain; later the overweight boy waits until the bully approaches him and quickly punches the bully in the groin and we hear a shout and groaning. A Quidditch ball game becomes violent as players begin to use soccer and volleyball moves and body checking, while spectators cheer loudly.
 Two salesmen are criticized loudly by their boss because they are not tech savvy. Two men start internships where twenty-something interns put them down with loud insults and name-calling. An internship supervisor consistently insults two men and college interns argue loudly among themselves. A man and a young male intern insult each other loudly throughout the film. A man says the workplace is so intense that it is the mental "Hunger Games."
 A college student pulls out hairs from his eyebrow to punish himself for mistakes until the entire eyebrow is missing and he implies that his mother beats him at home. At the entrance of a high tech company a metal sculpture portrays a dinosaur attacked by flamingos.
 A man tells an employment interviewer that he and his sales partner's lives have been like living in a blender, with daily mounting stress, a sudden company closure and layoffs. We hear that a man as a child went through a car windshield and received 89 stitches around the head as a result.
 A college student grabs a wastebasket at work and we hear vomiting as he sticks his head into the wastebasket; we see no vomit.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 2 sexual references, 28 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 35 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, idiots, dummies, unexceptional, redneck, old, dinosaurs, geeks, fat, Hitler, Daiquiri men, Gossip Girls, genius, maniac, nerd, ugly, jerk, riff raff), stereotypical references to salesmen, middle-aged people, senior citizens, college grads, computer nerds, men, women, East Asians, Asian Indians, the British, Southerners, fat people, tall people, 8 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man says that some people use recreational drugs but he does not. Three restaurant scenes feature glasses of wine on tables and some men and women drink from the glasses, three men order expensive short glasses of liquor but we do not see them drink, a man drinks from a beer bottle at home, a man tells a 20-year-old man that he will buy him beer whenever he wants it, a man says it is OK to drink beer with his supervisor, a man's supervisor says that he will not have a beer with him and he replies that they will have five beers as they walk off screen, men and women in a bar drink cocktails and beer from glasses and bottles and shots of liquor, several people at a table in a bar drink shots in close-up, two college students become drunk and giggle and slur their words, and a man drinks from an expensive bottle of liquor outside on a pathway on a campus.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Digital Divide, layoffs, unemployment, careers, age discrimination, trying new things, diversity, bullies, respect, competition, cooperation, redemption, justice.

MESSAGE - Mixing people of diverse demographics can create an interesting dynamic and good people skills can help technology succeed in the marketplace.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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