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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
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MPAA Rating: PG

Bruce Willis is a self-absorbed image consultant who reconnects with his childhood dreams when he's visited by his eight-year-old self (Spencer Breslin). Also with Emily Mortimer, Lily Tomlin, Chi McBride, Nick Chinlund, Richard Jenkins, Jeri Ryan, Jean Smart and Steve Tom. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A couple of kisses and mild references to an inflatable doll, a man dating another, a boy seeing his mother naked, and a boy getting a "hickey." During a playground scene, we briefly see a young boy lying on his back underneath monkey bars so he can look up a girl's dress. In a non-sexual situation, a woman says she should've worn her magical bra and panties. A woman wears a cleavage-revealing top.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - While all the violence isn't played strictly for laughs, it isn't completely dramatic either. A boy pushes another on the ground, then they scuffle and punch each other somewhat lightly in the stomach; one punches the other in the face twice, then sits on him and grabs his neck a little (one of the boys has a bloody nose). A man and a boy spar in a boxing ring while wearing head gear and gloves; the boy hits the man in the groin, then sits on him and punches him a bit. In a dramatic scene a man grabs a boy's arms and face while yelling at him; a boy swings his fists in the air repeatedly, pretending to beat up an imaginary foe; a woman grabs a man's collar and pushes him into a chair; a man chases a boy out of a window (as he slides out, his legs appear to kick the man); a boy trips and falls; and boys threaten to light firecrackers tied around a three-legged dog's neck. A low-flying plane nearly hits a man in his car, a slow-moving plane on a runway nearly hits a man, two cars nearly collide, a man in a car chases after a boy riding a bike, and a boy rides his bike across a busy street. Several instances of yelling, mostly involving a man and a boy. A woman playfully sticks her finger up her nose; in another scene, a boy does the same. We see a man and a boy standing in front of urinals. A reference to flatulence.

PROFANITY 1 - A mild scatological reference, many instances of name-calling, many "Holy Smokes!" and one "Holy Moses!". [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adulthood vs. childhood, dysfunctional father-son relationships, inferiority complexes, loss of a parent, psychotherapy, prescription drug use (a man demands them from his therapist, and we see him taking several pills -- with no visible side effects -- in a later scene).

MESSAGE - We need something or someone to remind us of our childhood dreams and to help us become the adults we wanted to be.

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