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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Kevin Kline plays a middle-aged architect who suddenly finds out that he has only four months to live. He decides to use that time to mend a broken relationship with his son and ex-wife by building his dream house. Also with Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Mary Steenburgen and Jena Malone. [2:25]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - In a couple of scenes we see a young woman take off her clothes (we see them drop to the floor at her feet) and join a young man in a shower (we see their bare shoulders); once they begin to kiss and he ejaculates. A young man and an older woman have sex (he's on top of her thrusting); they are interrupted and we see her running out of the room nude from the back and the young man struggles to put on his clothes. A man and woman have sex and we see the comforter of the bed going up and down rhythmically. A man and woman kiss passionately and fall back onto a bed but are interrupted before anything else happens. A young man and woman kiss. A woman yells on the phone "You're driving me crazy. I want you in my bed right now." A young woman climbs into bed with a man and kisses him as an experiment. Two young men talk about one of them going to join a man in a car to perform sexual acts: we see the young man later as he gets out of the car with his pants around his ankles and his boxer shorts exposed. A young man showers and we see his silhouette through a fogged glass shower door and his bare chest when he opens the door (this happens a few times). A man showers outdoors and we see his bare buttocks before he wraps a towel around his waist. A woman tries on a bra and panties and looks in a mirror. A young woman rubs suntan lotion on a young man's back. A man walks out of his house to a cliff in his underwear and urinates over the edge (we hear the trickle); a young woman watches the man with interest. A man gets out of bed and wears only his jockey shorts. A woman kisses a man's face to wake him. A woman touches a man's head and face tenderly and when he tries to touch her back she pulls away. A man touches a woman's face and she snaps her teeth at him (he comments later that she bit him). We see a young man's bare chest and back while he sunbathes. A man and woman dance and hold each other, a man and a woman hug.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young man tries to commit suicide by hanging himself from a rod in a closet but it breaks and he falls hard to the floor. A horror movie on a TV shows a woman screaming and being slashed by a man with knives on his hand. A woman sits by an empty hospital bed and we assume that someone has died. A man talks about a car accident caused by his father who was driving drunk; during the accident his mother and the driver of the other car were killed, and a young girl was injured. A man talks about putting a gun to his father's head and wanting to kill him (the gun is a BB gun). A young man falls off a roof and crashes into a table splintering it (we hear later that he has several broken bones). A man collapses and falls hard to the ground on his back, a man collapses again and lands hard on his face, and a man has several attacks of debilitating pain. A woman finds a man unconscious and is fearful that he's dead. A man throws his son back on a bed and shakes him by the shoulders while yelling at him. A young man yells abusively at his mother and father, a young man grabs a man by the shirt and yells at him. A young man kicks his car in frustration, a man throws a tray of bread against a wall, a man kicks something and a young man slams a window. A man yells threats at a dog and chases him in his car and on foot several times. A man jumps off a high cliff into the ocean below, and a young man does the same thing. A dog urinates on a car's bumper and on a newspaper. A woman remarks that she hates her son, and a young man tells his mother and father that he hates them. A young man talks about needing to have a bowel movement. There are many scenes of demolition while a man tears down an old house. A man crushes architectural models in an office building with a stick (people run and scream in fear), and one of the models is being held by another man who yells while the model splinters. A young man has several piercings on his body. A man threatens to remove his son's piercing with a claw hammer.

PROFANITY 7 - 19 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 11 scatological terms, 2 sexual references, 5 anatomical terms, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, teenage angst, drug use and abuse, male prostitution, cancer, the death of a parent, spousal abuse, drunk driving, snobbery, belittling your children, estranged fathers.

MESSAGE - You don't always get what you wish for.

(Note: Teenagers are shown smoking and doing drugs. We see one young man inhaling the chemical from a whipped cream canister.)

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P7 - MPAAR

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