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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang [2005] [R] - 8.7.10



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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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Robert Downey Jr. stars as a petty thief who stumbles into an Hollywood movie audition while running from the police, lands the part, and is assigned to private detective training. The training involves working with a real private detective, played by Val Kilmer, and trying to solve a real case of a suicide that may be murder. Also with Michelle Monaghan, Joel Michaely and Corbin Bernsen. Directed by Shane Black. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A nude woman (her bare breasts are visible) sits in a chair, a man ties a blindfold on her, he caresses her and kisses her neck. A woman takes off her clothes to sleep (we see her bare breasts), a man gets into bed with her (he's wearing boxers and a tank top), they snuggle and she remarks about him becoming sexually aroused. A woman in a movie straddles a man lying in bed, and turns to the screen exposing her bare breasts.
 A nude woman dances behind glass at a party: her skin is painted and she is disguised as a deer (her bare breasts are clearly visible). A woman wears low-cut dresses in many scenes that reveal cleavage and in one scene her dress falls open exposing her bare breast and a man ogles her. A dead woman's dress is pulled up to reveal her pubic region (a man covers her up), in a few scenes. A woman sleeps on a desk, a man admires her and then caresses her bare thigh and hip (he is interrupted).
 A woman wears a tiny dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and legs. A woman wears a very short and low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare thighs. The covers of several paperback novels have renderings of nude women (bare buttocks, backs are shown). People in swimsuits swim at a party. A woman drops her pants when a man asks if she is wearing anything underneath (nothing is visible).
 A woman faints, a man puts her in bed, opens her dress (we see her in her bra), a spider crawls on her chest and under her bra, and the man begins smacking her breast; she wakes up and accuses him of fondling her. A man wakes up in a bed with a woman sleeping next to him and it is implied that they have had sex.
 Two men kiss. A man and a woman kiss.
 Three men dance in a glass box at a party, they thrust their hips, and one pretends to be performing oral sex on another. A man admires another man.
 We hear that a girl was sexually abused by her father repeatedly, and we see a man carrying a girl out of her bed at night. A man tells another man that a woman "opened the door with nothing on but the radio" and that she "sat on his lap." A boy and a girl hug. A man is referred to as "gay Perry" throughout the movie.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman slams a door in a man's face, and the door cuts the man's finger off; we see the bloody digit on the floor and see a bloody hand as a doctor is stitching the finger back on.
 A man is shot, the bullet passes through him and into another man standing behind him, and they both fall to the ground; one is unconscious and spits blood. A man hides under a bed, a woman sits on the bed, another man shoots her twice, she rolls off the bed, onto the floor, and blood pours out of her mouth and she dies. A man shoots a man five times in the chest, and he falls back onto a glass table shattering it. A man drives a car through a park, crashes into dining tables, gets out of the car with a gun, and another man shoots him in the back several times. Two men hold guns on a man, one man shoots him in the head, and he slumps over and to the ground. A woman shoots a man in the arm (blood spurts), and then continues to shoot at him as he runs away (another man is cowering on the ground).
 A man taunts another man, who's walking toward him; the first man reaches in his pants -- suggesting something sexual -- and then shoots the other man several times in the chest. A man in a car speeds toward a man standing on a bridge: the man jumps over the side, catches onto the arm of a body in a casket that rests on a ledge, and from there he shoots three men.
 Two men grab a man and hold a gun on him: one punches him in the knee and in the stomach and one squeezes his hand separating his recently re-attached finger (we hear a crunch and see blood on the bandage). A man attacks a woman, holds her to the ground by the throat and squeezes; she knees him in the groin, then head butts him, and she runs away dodging traffic and jumps over an embankment landing hard on the ground below.
 Two men hold guns on two other men who are tied to chairs: one man has electrodes attached to his scrotum (we see the wires coming out from under his shirt tail, and a man jolts him a few times and he screams.
 A woman in a movie straddles a man lying in a bed, turns toward the screen, screams and we see a monster slash at her knocking her head off -- her severed head (with blood and matter at the neck) crashes through a window behind her. A man puts his severed finger into a bowl of ice, and a dog takes the finger out of the bowl and swallows it. A woman lies dead with blood on her head. A man has a bloody gash on his cheek. A man has a bloody bullet wound on his chest.
 A man urinates in a bathroom (we see the stream), and he turns toward the shower where he sees a dead woman's body (the body is badly bruised and the skin is tinged grey). A car drives over a ridge and into a lake: two men get into the water to see if there is anyone in the car, and one man comes out of the water carrying a dead woman (she is badly bruised and we hear that her neck is broken). We are told that a woman committed suicide and we see a woman's blood spattered feet behind a bed.
 A man hits a man in the face with a gun, and then another man hits him in the face breaking his nose (we see his bloody face). Two men fight with punches and kicks: one man is hit repeatedly, punched in the face and kicked in the back (we see his bloody nose and mouth later). A man hits a man in the head with a stick and holds a gun to his back forcing him to walk. A man hits another man in the face twice and his nose bleeds, and a man punches another man in the face.
 Two men wrap a body in a blanket, carry it to the roof of a building, throw it over the side, it crashes onto dumpsters in an alley below, they put it into the trunk of a car and then deposit it on the side of a street elsewhere. A man breaks into a woman's house, she startles him, he steps back and falls off a balcony and to his death.
 A woman races in a van while being chased by a car: the van crashes and tips over, a casket that was in the back of the van is thrown over the side of the road and it rests on a ledge (the body's arm pops out of the casket); the woman climbs out of the van (she has a wound on her head), the car continues to chase her, and she jumps over an embankment and lies on the ground.
 A little girl inside a magic box begins screaming frantically when a boy begins to cut into the box with a chain saw; people gathered around her panic, the box is opened by her father and she is fine (she was acting), while her father raises his hand to hit her.
 A woman yells at a man and slams a door in his face several times. A man and a woman argue in several scenes. We hear that a girl was sexually abused by her father repeatedly and we see a man carrying a girl out of her bed at night.
 There is an animated sequence with the opening credits that shows a woman being pushed off a balcony to the ground.
 A woman spits beer on a man's face when she laughs while drinking.

PROFANITY 10 - 60 F-words, 7 sexual references, 39 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 4 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 30 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, stupid, moron), 7 religious profanities, 30 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man takes a prescription pain medication and appears to be high from it. There is an animated sequence with the opening credits that shows people drinking alcohol at a party. People drink alcohol in several bar scenes, a man drinks alcohol and smokes a cigarette in a few scenes, and people drink alcohol and smoke in several party scenes. Two men smoke cigarettes in several scenes, and a woman smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hollywood, success, dreams, shallowness, homosexuality, child abuse (sexual), incest, cross dressing, pity, love, lying, destiny, honesty, homophobia.

MESSAGE - Our lives may take different paths than we had planned but that does not make them less worthwhile.

Special Keywords: S8 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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