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Laggies [2014] [R] - 5.3.6



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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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An underachieving woman (Keira Knightley) panics at age 28 when her live-in boyfriend of 10 years (Mark Webber) proposes marriage. To gain some thinking time, she escapes to the house of her new 16-year-old friend (Chloë Grace Moretz) and there she meets her friend's very interesting and available father (Sam Rockwell) while her friend finds her long lost mother. Also with Gretchen Mol and Kaitlyn Dever. Directed by Lynn Shelton. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - As a man and a woman kiss passionately on a sidewalk at night the woman mentions [sexual reference deleted] in the street is not a good idea (we see only their heads and shoulders); she gasps with excitement and they walk to his home and sit on the couch as she removes her outer shirt (no cleavage is evident) and he climbs on top of her as the scene ends (sex is implied); in the morning, they kiss briefly in the kitchen. In a garden behind a screen, a married man kisses a woman and she pulls his shirt out of his trousers; his adult daughter sees this and tells friends later that he was about to receive [sexual reference deleted] and weeks later, he admits to his daughter that cheating on a spouse is a problem of the cheater, even though relationships change through the years. A woman tells a man, "Have you heard the one about the woman who fell in love with a pissed lawyer?" whereupon the man pulls her inside to end the scene (sex is implied).
 A teen girl wears several deeply cut blouses that reveal significant cleavage throughout the film. A photo shows teenagers at a swimming pool, including one boy and four girls; the boy is shirtless and the girls wear long swimsuit tops that reveal some midriff and cleavage. Women and teen girls wearing party dresses reveal bare arms, a little cleavage and bare legs up to the lower thighs. A woman wears a dress that rises to her upper thigh when she sits on a couch in two scenes; a man lightly rubs her leg up to the top of her thigh in one of these scenes. A drive thru restaurant features half a dozen teen and twenty-something women wearing very short full skirts with black tights (we see the curves of their legs and most of their thighs). We see a photo of one teen boy and four teen girls with their bare shoulders shown just above the water line. A teen girl sees photos of her mother (a lingerie model) in a catalogue, clothed in a long slip that reveals her shoulders and arms, and in a bra baring her midriff, shoulders and some cleavage. A woman is shown wearing a tight, knit, thin-strapped camisole that emphasizes a large bosom. A teen girl at a party wears short-shorts that bare her full legs to the thighs with a bra that reveals slight cleavage and bare abdomen. In a night scene we see the silhouettes of one teen boy and four teen girls as their clothing falls around their ankles and they jump into a pool. A woman dances with a twirling sign while wiggling her hips in front of a business. A woman twists the nipples on an unusually large Buddha statue in a restaurant and vocalizes honking noises. A woman and four friends light up small phallus toys on necklaces while they argue about twisting nipples on a Buddha statue; one woman is pregnant and has a very large belly, and wears short skirts.
 A teen boy kisses several teen girls at a party on the neck and cheek. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss briefly. A woman kisses a man briefly at the front door.
 A teen girl cuts in on a dancing couple at a Prom and asks the boy to be her boyfriend; he agrees and they dance close together.
 A woman shows four other women a Xerox copy of an old Playboy cartoon line drawing of a bare-chested man and a woman wearing a slip, both sitting under the covers in a bed as a butler enters the bedroom; the woman tells everyone to think of a dirty caption for the couple in the cartoon and says, "I love to get male," "I am going to receive a big package," and "Here is your big fat cock-eyed order"; the woman then says of an unseen image, "In this next picture we see a woman holding a plunger, and a [anatomic term deleted] crack" and the scene ends. A teen girl calls a man anonymously and says, "I'm wearing a little T-shirt and crotchless panties" before hanging up and giggling. A lawyer advises a client jokingly that he had to use "soap and a Rufie" on police officers to get her out of jail. A teen girl asks a woman if the woman is [sexual reference deleted] her friend's dad and the woman says no, but later says yes. We hear that a woman left her husband and their daughter to become a lingerie model; the girl visits her mom, who gives her three lacy bras as a gift and then tells the girl's older girlfriend that there is no such thing as a cool mom, only bad moms that try to be cool.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Four people in a moving car argue loudly and the argument becomes overheated with yelling as the driver looks away from the road and rams into a mailbox before driving off the road and onto a grassy shoulder (the grill and fender of the car show dents after the mailbox topples over, but no one is hurt); the teen driver says that he is drunk (please see the Substance Use category for more details), because his separated parents are sending him off to boarding school and he has no choice; an adult passenger takes the blame for the accident and is taken in handcuffs to jail where she speaks with her attorney in an interrogation room and they have a mild argument.
 A woman shouts loudly and angrily at her father because he had an affair (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A teenage girl confronts a woman about dating her father, but then says it is ok. A man says that everyone ends up alone in life.
 A woman pierces a teen boy's ear with a pin in a crowded long shot and we hear groans of pain, plus cheering from other teens gathered to watch (we see the ear and the pin and then the camera pans back and we hear an "ouch").
 A woman disappears from a wedding reception and later lies, telling friends twice that she was sick and puking in the parking lot. A man tells friends that his fiancée disappeared from a wedding reception because she was sick and puking. A woman tells her fiancé that she feels that she may vomit, because she has decided to drop out of her old clique, including him (we never see or hear any vomit).

PROFANITY 6 - About 19 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 16 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, weird, scumbags, bonehead, puppy love, Goldie Hawn, Rico Suave), stereotypical references to teenagers, cliques, slackers, Generations Y and Z, spendthrift brides, drama queens, cheating spouses, divorce lawyers, single fathers, the unemployed, exclamations (shut-up), 31 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, My God, God, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A dimly lit and grainy close-up at night shows a teen boy lighting and smoking a marijuana cigarette as a female voice tells him not to ruin it, a woman asks a girlfriend if the teenager in her car is her drug dealer and the second woman says, "No! I'm not on drugs," and a teen girl looks at boys' high school pictures and asks, "What was his mom on?" (drugs that cause birth defects implied). We see several instances of underage drinking, a teen girl asks a woman to buy four teens some wine as well as wine coolers and beer (the woman does so, joins the teens in a shelter house in a park and they all become drunk, slurring their words and looking unfocused), 16-to-18-year-old boys and girls drink out of red plastic cups that signify beer or an alcoholic punch at a party, we hear that a teen girl drinks wine from a wine box in the refrigerator at her home and replaces the wine with water, a man complains that his wine tastes like tap water, a teen boy drives drunk and crashes into a mailbox (no one is hurt, please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a woman blows a borderline blood-alcohol level on a Breathalyzer after a car accident and spends a few hours in jail, teens drink small cups of punch that may or may not be alcohol at a Prom on a ship in a harbor, a woman and a man order and drink three double shots of bourbon and then drink beer from bottles (they act slightly inebriated), a man and a woman have hangovers and drink Gin as a remedy after drinking heavily the night before, four women drink large glasses of wine at a bachelorette party, a few men and women drink from glasses of champagne at a wedding reception along with wines and small glasses of whiskey, and a woman leaves a box of wine at a man's front door with a note and he eventually opens the door and brings it inside.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, love, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, friends, cliques, surviving your 20s, growing up, making choices, courage, honesty, pursuing what you want.

MESSAGE - Choose your own best life and relationships, and make reasonable adjustments.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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