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The Jane Austen Book Club [2007] [PG-13] - 5.3.5



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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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Six California women create a book club as a way of getting over the trials and tribulations of romantic disappointment, and Jane Austen is their author of choice. While analyzing the characters' motivations and the sloppiness of life and love they realize the answers to some of their own frustrations. With Maria Bello, Jimmy Smits, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker and Amy Brenneman. Directed by Robin Swicord. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man and a young woman kiss passionately in a library, he caresses her buttocks and lifts her shirt (we see her bare back), pushes her against a wall and she wraps her leg around his waist; he then sees another woman watching them and the scene ends.
 A young man and a woman kiss passionately, they begin removing their clothing, they lie back on a sofa, she pulls his shirt off (we see his bare back) and the scene ends.
 A young man and a woman (she's his teacher) kiss while sitting in a car in the school parking lot, and he puts a book over his lap afterward trying to hide an erection. A man and a woman kiss. Several couples kiss and caress each other.
 A young woman and a woman lie in bed together, one uses a stethoscope on the other, moves her hand down her chest, and we see the woman's bra, cleavage and abdomen; one then rolls on top of the other and the scene ends (it is implied that they have sex).
 A young woman lies in a bathtub (her bare shoulders are visible under bubbles) and another young woman helps shave her leg and caresses her; they are lovers. Two women lie in bed together (their bare shoulders are visible), one is reading and she kisses the other's cheek while she sleeps; they are lovers.
 A young man caresses a teacher's knee and appears to be trying to seduce her; he also caresses her hair and in another scene asks if they can get a room.
 A husband and wife lie in bed, sleeping together. A man kisses a woman on the cheek.
 A married teacher looks at an 18-year-old student with obvious interest. A woman talks about fantasizing about a young man who's her student.
 A woman says that she has never had love but that she has had sexual partners. A husband confesses to his wife that he is having an affair with another woman. A young woman says she caught a man looking at her breasts. People talk about "animal attraction" and passion. A woman talks about a "sexually altered" female dog.
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman is stopped as she exits a lingerie store and two employees search her bag by pulling out the lace bras and panties that she purchased; the woman is embarrassed.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We hear that a woman died after driving into oncoming traffic.
 A young woman falls from a rock-climbing wall and has a concussion (we see her in a neck brace on a stretcher and then bandaged in the hospital).
 A young woman rolls on the ground while trying to land after skydiving and breaks her arm (we see her with a cast later). A woman knocks her head on a window while trying to get a closer look at a young man.
 A woman grieves over the death of her mother and the fact that she never knew who her father was. People gather and grieve at a funeral for a dog.
 A man talks about his father dying of mouth cancer from smoking a pipe. A woman yells at her husband and accuses him of trying to seduce another woman. We hear many people arguing during telephone conversations. A woman screams when her treadmill goes too fast and she nearly loses her footing. A woman is told that another woman is pretending to be a vampire and that she thinks she is invisible.
 A cell phone is dropped into a toilet accidentally and a laptop is pulled off a table and onto the floor and a man shakes and kicks a vending machine.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young woman returns home to find her smoke alarm blaring and her mother high from smoking marijuana, and a woman smokes marijuana in a couple of scenes.
 People drink beer in a bar scene, several people drink alcohol in a bar scene, people drink champagne and beer during a dinner, people drink wine during book club meetings, a woman drinks wine, and a young man appears anxious after drinking a lot of coffee.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, relationships, homosexuality, teachers having affairs with students, family, risk taking, marriage, divorce, delayed gratification, no rules, generosity, no fear, mistakes, jealousy, embarrassment, mistakes, regret, second chances, infidelity, fantasies, forgiveness, special bonds with a parent, death of a parent, death of a canine companion, order, self-control, death of a parent, sibling relationships, loneliness, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Humans need human companionship and interaction. Love makes people crazy.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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