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Intolerable Cruelty



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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

Coen brothers film with George Clooney as a slick Beverly Hills divorce attorney who's never lost a case. But he meets his match when he runs into a woman (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who makes a sport out of marrying men and divorcing them, in order to cash in on large divorce settlements. Having helped her latest husband avoid paying her off, she vows revenge and the attorney himself becomes her next potential victim. What she doesn't expect is actually falling in love with him. Also with Cedric the Entertainer, Geoffrey Rush and Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by Joel Coen. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman go into a hotel room, the woman removes her dress, (we see her in bra and panties), the man removes his pants (we see him in boxers), she jumps on him wrapping her legs around his waist, and they fall onto the bed kissing. A man and a woman kiss, he lays her back on a bed, and they kiss again. A man and a woman kiss a few times. Several women in underwear and stockings jump on a bed with a man in a T-shirt and boxer shorts. A man comes home and finds his bed and wife rumpled, and another man in the house with whom his wife has apparently just had sex. A man touches a woman's hand tenderly, two men hug (not sexually). A woman admires a bare-chested man, and a man admires a woman as she walks seductively down a flight of stairs. We see brief shots of a couple in acts of infidelity: one appears to be a dominatrix scenario (there isn't much detail). A woman goes into some detail in a courtroom about her husband's sexual interests: she discusses devices that he used, and that she was his sexual slave, etc. A group of men watch a video of a man and woman having sex (we see her touch his clothed buttocks) and then watch the reactions of the other men. Sexual infidelities and indiscretions are discussed in a courtroom a few times. A man talks about being impotent. A woman wears a swimsuit that reveals cleavage and her bare thigh. Women wear low-cut tops throughout the movie exposing cleavage. Nude animated cupids flit through the air.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two men spray each other in the face with mace, another man holds a gun on them, he is sprayed in the face with mace, and he puts a gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger killing himself (we hear the shot). A man falls dead after suffering a coronary. A man shoots at a woman as she drives away in a car. A man pulls a gun on a man. A woman hits a man holding a gun on the back of the head twice with a statue, and then pokes his buttocks with the points on the top of the statue (we see bloody holes in his pants). A man lunges at a man and tries to strangle him. Two dogs bark and growl at a man and lunge at him in a car, and a man is chased by two dogs and he climbs up a fence. Three people discuss killing another person. A van side-swipes a car. A man with a camera barges into a room where a man and woman are in bed and they scream and run for cover. We see a very old, wrinkled man attached to tubes and IVs several times (once in a dream) and his teeth grow long and pointed and he laughs maniacally. A man and a woman yell at each other. A car drives recklessly on a winding road (the driver is apparently drunk).

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 17 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 34 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, 7 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, love, sex, marriage, infidelity, trust, hired killers, suspicion, second chances, prenuptial agreements, greed, independence, lust, broken hearts, compromise, sentiment, cynicism.

MESSAGE - Marriage is based on compromises and life is generally a battle.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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