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Life as We Know It [2010] [PG-13] - 5.3.5



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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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Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel star as a woman and a man, who dislike each other intensely, but are chosen by their best friends to parent the couple's child if anything should ever happen to them. Indeed, after a fatal car crash, the two are thrown into unwanted parenthood and have to learn how to take care of a child while also trying to figure out how to get along with each other. Also with Josh Lucas, Alexis Clagett, Brynn Clagett, Brooke Clagett, Hayes MacArthur, Christina Hendricks and Jessica St Clair. Directed by Greg Berlanti. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, they push hard against a wall, the man removes his shirt (we see his bare chest), they fall into a bed and it is implied that they have sex (we see them covered with sheets while talking later). We see a woman in a bed and a man enters the room and kisses her (it is implied that they have had sex). A man and a woman wake up in bed together, they kiss and it is implied that they had had sex the night before.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately and he has his hands on her clothed buttocks. A man grabs a woman's clothed buttocks and she smacks him with a bouquet of flowers. A husband caresses his wife's pregnant tummy and kisses her. A woman kisses a man good night. A man and a woman kiss several times. A woman admires a man's clothed buttocks as he stretches before running.
 A man and a woman flirt in several scenes. A man tells an unmarried man and woman that they should move into a house and take care of an infant together. A man talks about having had sex with many women. A teen girl tells a man and a woman that they make a really "cute couple." A woman asks a man and a woman who are living together if they are sleeping together. A man talks about his partner and says, "We used to have sex everywhere." A man tells a woman that he thought that the worst-case scenario on their blind date would be that they'd "get drunk and hook up." Several references are made to a woman "being hot." A woman talks about a doctor being "cute" and that she wants to arrange a date with him and another woman. A woman talks about dancing and we understand that she is an exotic dancer. A man tells another man that a woman "hasn't had any in a while." Several men and woman discuss whether another man and another woman had sex. A man struggles to remove a baby's diaper and says, "It's not a bra I'm taking off."
 We see a woman with a towel wrapped around her after she gets out of a bath (cleavage, bare shoulders and legs are visible). A man wearing boxer shorts strolls through a house (bare chest, back and legs are shown). Two women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. We see a woman dressing (we see cleavage). A woman wears a dress that is cut low in the back (her bare back is seen). We see a baby's bare buttocks during a bathing scene. Cheerleaders wear outfits that reveal cleavage, abdomens and legs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We hear that a man and a woman die in a car accident and that their infant daughter was not with them but is in the custody of Child Protective Services. We see people gathered at a home after a funeral.
 A woman with a bouquet of flowers smacks a man with them and yells at him.
 A man and a woman fight bitterly and the man leaves the house. A woman yells over the telephone. A man yells at two teen boys and accuses them of being high. A woman yells at another woman. A woman yells at a man. A man and a woman argue in many scenes and usually end up insulting each other.
 A man holds a baby and pretends to drop her, and then carries her like a football while others tell him to stop (the baby is fine). A man leaves a baby in a taxi with the driver while he goes to work. A man, testing out a baby carrier, drops a baby on the floor (the baby is unharmed).
 A man talks about being willing to "murder the Wiggles." A man talks about marriage being "the long march toward death." People tease a woman and make remarks about her not being married. We hear that a baby has a urinary tract infection. A man talks about babies and says that they are "a mess" and "they pee on things."
 A baby is shown crying relentlessly in several scenes. A baby is shown to have a growth near her naval and it is diagnosed as an umbilical hernia. A baby accidentally unplugs a man's oxygen tubes from his oxygen tank and he gasps and coughs until they are plugged back in.
 A woman trying to ride a motorcycle lets it go and it races across a street, crashes into a newspaper box and is run over by a bus (we hear screeching and see the bike crushed).
 A caseworker from social services arrives at a home unannounced a few times; once when the woman she is monitoring is drunk and another time when the man and the woman have eaten marijuana laced brownies.
 A baby vomits on a man's face and shirt (we see the goo). A baby spits carrots on a woman's face. A man and a woman react to the smell of a baby's dirty diaper (the man gags and leaves the room). A woman is seen with feces on her face after changing a baby's diaper. A baby has a bowel movement in a man's baseball cap (we do not see feces). We see a baby's bare, red bottom during a bathing scene.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 12 sexual references, 7 scatological terms (1 mild), 11 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (bi-polar, idiot, twitty, kill joy, nasty, ugly, weird, stupid), 26 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man yells at two teen boys, accuses them of being high and takes a bag of marijuana away from them, a man holds a bag of marijuana, asks a woman if she'd like some and they end up baking it into a batch of brownies, which they eat, and a man asks a judge in a custody hearing "how do you know we aren't drug dealers or pimps?" People drink alcohol in several party scenes, two men drink beers, two women drink wine, a man drinks beer in several scenes, a woman drinks wine to the point of being inebriated, a man and a woman drink wine with dinner, and people are shown drinking beer and wine.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Being single, parenting, blind dates, death of friends, orphaned children, dating, priorities, surprises, divorce, relationships, opportunities, careers, ambition, dreams, homosexual couples raising children.

MESSAGE - Parenting is tough even under the best of circumstances.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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