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Joe Somebody



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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG

Joe (Tim Allen) is a middle-aged divorced corporate peon whose life is both personally and professionally at a dead-end. But everything's turned around after the office bully publicly humiliates him in front of his daughter. Joe challenges him to a fight and gives himself a total makeover, and thereby becomes both popular and successful. Also with Julie Bowen, Kelly Lynch, Greg Germann and Patrick Warburton. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and woman kiss and hug a couple of times and a woman kisses a man on the cheek a few times. A man and woman hug and nuzzle a couple of times, and a man and woman dance holding each other close. A woman wears a read slinky teddy under a coat and we see some cleavage and a bare thigh, and we see a woman in her underwear and a sheer robe. A woman wearing a skirt stands on a ladder and we see part of her thigh. Several women are shown in outfits that reveal cleavage and bare midriffs; one scene is in a fitness facility where women wear skin tight suits). A man ogles a woman as she walks away from him. There is some flirting.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is punched hard in the face twice and falls down to the ground both times (we see some blood running from his nose). Two men are punched in the throat (in different scenes) and they gasp for air and stumble around. There are several martial arts training sessions where two men swing at each other; most punches are blocked but there are a few face slaps and several kicks in the crotch (we see both men sitting on bags of ice in different scenes). A group of men play squash and one of them is hit repeatedly by the ball (once in the crotch and he then hits himself with his racket to show that he's wearing a metal cup). A man sitting courtside is knocked back out of his chair when he's run into by a basketball player. A man drives recklessly, swerving through traffic and cutting off an oncoming car. Two men race their shopping carts toward a checkout aisle running into each other and crashing into a product display. A man spills hot coffee on his lap, a man burns his hand when trying to blow out a candle with a fast punch, and a man's hair smolders when he touches a cigar to the back of his head. There are several verbal threats of violence. A man practices punching a dummy, and a man threatens a mannequin and knocks its head off. A stray ball flies out of a squash court and hits a clock which falls onto a glass display case shattering it. A man vomits off-screen, but we hear the heaving, and a man has a panic attack and hyperventilates.

PROFANITY 4 - 3 scatological terms, 3 sexual reference, 17 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 5 religious exclamations and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Humiliation, popularity, divorce, pharmaceutical warnings, eccentricities, manic depression, psychiatry, propaganda.

MESSAGE - Who you think you want to be may not be who you should be. True friends are those who are there for you whether you are "somebody" or not.

(Note: A few characters are seen smoking. People are shown drinking in a bar and one man drinks beer throughout the movie.)

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