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Leatherheads [2008] [PG-13] - 3.4.4



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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 enterprising professional football player (George Clooney) hires a college football star (John Krasinski) to give a much needed boost to his failing team and the failing business of professional football. At the same time, a journalist (Renée Zellweger), whose mission is to expose the truth behind the college player's war hero status, becomes romantically involved with both men. Also with Wayne Duvall, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Root and Tim Griffin. Directed by George Clooney. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and woman kiss passionately. A woman kisses a man briefly in celebration, and a man kisses a woman briefly in celebration.
 We see a woman in her slip (nipples can be seen through the fabric). We see shirtless men in a locker room and we see men in undershirts in a locker room.
 A man and a woman engage in flirtatious banter. A man and woman dance together and he places his hand on her waist.
 A man implies that a woman is a prostitute and that he should leave "$20 on the bed stand," and a woman implies that another woman is a prostitute. A man implies that a woman has a job only because her employer is sleeping with her, and a woman implies that a man only pays attention to her because she has "great legs" and the man confirms her belief. A woman accuses a man of paying attention to her because he wishes to "substitute her bosoms for his mother's bosoms." A woman implies that she is getting an assignment because she has the "best legs in the office," but her boss denies this claiming that her talent is the reason. A man jokes that he is in love with another man.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - There are several football game and practice scenes where football players are tackled by other football players (both individually and en masse, making a large pile), football players smash into each other on the line of scrimmage, a football player wrestles another football player to the ground, several football players slip in the mud and fall into each other, football players run head-on into each other, one football player is elbowed in the face, a football player clotheslines another player, and a football player wrestles another player to the ground
 Soldiers fire guns towards other soldiers. A policeman fires a gun in the air.
 A man bites another man's hand. Men fight in a bar: A man punches a man, a man bites a man's hand, a man hits a man on the head with a bar stool, a man hits a man on the head with a bottle, and several men wrestle and punch each other.
 A man punches another man in the face, knocking him down, and two men trade several blows to the face, each falling down. A man slams a door into two policemen's faces, knocking them unconscious. A man punches three men in the face, a man punches another man in the face, a man punches a man in the stomach, and a man hits a man over the head with a sign. Several men wrestle and punch each other and a man punches another man who falls unconscious.
 A man's sleeve catches fire and another man beats his arm with a coat. A man falls off the back of a motorcycle (he is uninjured). A man fires a starter pistol into the air.
 A football player kicks the ball into the stands, hitting a boy who is holding a tuba. A football player kicks a ball low, which strikes the rear end of a teammate.
 A man jokes about committing suicide. We see a photo of football players being tackled.
 A man spits.

PROFANITY 4 - 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, 6 derogatory terms for Germans, 6 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women are shown drinking alcohol from flasks several times, men and women are shown drinking alcohol at a restaurant, men and women are shown drinking alcohol at a speakeasy, a man appears drunk and violent, and a young boy holds a beer. Men and women are shown smoking throughout the movie, a young boy is shown smoking, and a man chews tobacco.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Prohibition, jealousy, journalism, betrayal, lying, heroism, integrity, feminism, politicization of professional sports, fame, war, sportsmanship, cheating, sexism.

MESSAGE - Sometimes personal integrity must be subverted for the good of the community.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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