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Larry Crowne [2011] [PG-13] - 5.2.5



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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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When a middle-aged salesman (Tom Hanks) is laid off because he does not have a college degree, he restarts his life by enrolling in college, making new friends, and finding a teacher (Julia Roberts) that will change his life forever. Also with Sarah Mahoney, Rita Wilson, Cedric the Entertainer, Wilmer Valderrama and George Takei. Directed by Tom Hanks. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman share a very passionately kiss, the man lifts up the woman, and she wraps her legs around his waist; the man pulls away, the woman suggests they kiss again and the man turns her down.
 On two occasions we see photographs on a man's computer screen as he watches, including a woman wearing a cleavage-exposing bikini, a woman wearing a skirt and a bra, and a woman wearing a cleavage and abdomen-exposing bikini and posing suggestively.
 A young woman instructs a man to change his pants, we see him take off his pants and shirt (his bare chest and back are visible and he's wearing brief-style underwear), he bends over and wiggles his behind to get into a pair of pants as another man watches. A young woman lifts the back of her shirt to expose a portion of her bare back. A young woman pulls the tucked-in shirt of a man out of the front of his pants. A woman wears a cleavage exposing dress. A young woman tells a woman that if she wore a shorter dress she would get "wolf whistles" and we hear a man whistling and catcalling.
 On three occasions a woman and a man discuss the man looking at pornographic images, and the man defends himself saying he does look at pornographic images because he is a "guy." A woman shouts the name of a pornographic website out loud ("Bra Busters XXX"). A man, using crude language, tells a woman that he likes women with large chests. A man tells a woman that she is jealous of his admiration for women with large chests because she has a small chest.
 A man places his hands on the hip of a woman, the woman wraps her arms around the man's neck and they kiss. A man and a young woman kiss. A man and a young woman share a brief kiss on the cheek and lips. A young woman hugs a man and kisses him on the cheek in greeting. A young man winks at a woman.
 A woman warns a man not to tell people that he had "almost scored" with her, and he jokes that he will not tell anyone he had "almost scored" with a male teacher either. A woman tells a young woman that she does want to hear the young woman's "pillow talk" with a man. A woman tells another woman that a man has "the libido of a 12-year-old." A man jokingly tells another man he has seven girlfriends.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman screams at a man and demands to be let out of a car; the man pulls the car over, the woman gets out, continues screaming at him and he shouts back.
 We see a man being handcuffed, he's shouting at two police officers placing him in the back of a police cruiser and another man watching comments that the man being arrested was driving drunk (please see the Substance Use category for more details).
 A man shouts and shoves a piece of furniture on a lawn. A man accidentally drives a scooter into a table, the table is knocked over and the man falls down (he is unharmed and laughs). A woman throws a small box at a sleeping young man, it hits him and he wakes up with a start. A woman is accidentally hit in the face with a stuffed toy in an assembly line and she laughs. A woman winces when she gets "brain freeze."
 A man shouts at another man. A woman shouts at several people. A man says that his previous years have been a "blood bath" and he has "taken a real beating" -- it is explained that he means in an emotional sense due to a divorce. A woman jokes with a man that they are going so slow on a scooter that a cat could knock them over. A woman jokes with a man that if her house alarm goes off that the police will show up in a half hour.
 We see what is implied to be vomit covering a child's penny horse ride and while a man cleans it up, a woman holding a child apologizes.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 3 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms (7 mild), 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for mentally handicapped, name-calling (dope, jerk, McDuff, girl that has a thing for Papa Bear, Johnny Cash, Project Runway, little dolly, Bambi, Bam Bam, washboard, child, irritating free spirits, dummies, kid, thugs, teacher's pet, The Joker after three martinis, goo goo gaa gaa baby, fool, booze-zilla, lame), exclamations (shut up, holy smokes, bull), 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young man jokingly says he wants to eat after "a couple of puffs." Throughout the film we see a woman making and drinking cocktails made from liquor, an intoxicated woman is driven in a car by an intoxicated man who is later arrested for drunk driving, a woman tells a man that she was intoxicated and that caused her to have poor judgment, a woman tells a man that she was under the influence of the "demon rum," we see a woman wearing sunglasses and acting hung over, and a young woman jokingly tells a man not to drink and drive or take drugs, saying that she has done neither. A man smokes a pipe on multiple occasions, a man smokes a pipe along with another man, and a man tells another man that he cannot smoke in a building.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Being laid off, drunk driving, college education, career advancement, mid-life crises, divorce, disappointment, alcoholism, feng shui, manifest destiny, speech class, economics, foreclosure, financial planning, vintage clothing, George Bernard Shaw, creating your own happiness.

MESSAGE - A change in attitude and outlook can change your life.

Special Keywords: S5 - V2 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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