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Made of Honor [2008] [PG-13] - 6.4.5



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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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A woman (Michelle Monaghan) about to get married and move to Scotland, asks her best friend, who happens to be a man (Patrick Dempsey), to be her "maid of honor." However, he soon realizes that he is in love with her, so with the help of his friends (Kadeem Hardison, Chris Messina and Richmond Arquette), he accepts the assignment in an effort to win her before the wedding takes place. Also with Beau Garrett, Sydney Pollack and Whitney Cummings. Directed by Paul Weiland. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a woman in a bar kissing several men she does not know for coins, which is said to be a wedding tradition; we then see a man kiss two other men on the lips, imitating the tradition. We see a woman kissing a man (not her fiancé) deeply the night before her wedding and then again at the wedding ceremony. We see several couples hugging, groping one another and kissing passionately.
 We see a woman in a negligee climb on top of a man in bed, she kisses him, she becomes aggressive and the man tries to push her off. We see a woman in a short nightgown climbing on top of a man trying to convince him to stay, he does not, and we later see the woman lying in bed alone (we see her bare thighs, legs and cleavage). We see a woman lying on a man's back. We see a woman lying in bed with her boyfriend (he is bare-chested and she wears a short, low-cut nightgown that shows cleavage and bare thighs). A man gets in bed with a woman and wraps his arms around her (he is fully dressed and she is in her pajamas); she resists him (he has her confused with someone else).
 A woman selling sex toys is hired for a bridal shower, she is referred to as the "Dildo Saleswoman," and we see her pull out several items, including edible panties and thunder beads; she tells a man that he looks hungry and holds the edible panties in his direction (he does not take them), and an elderly woman thinks thunder beads are a necklace and wears them around her neck in several scenes.
 In several scenes we see women in low-cut blouses exposing cleavage. In several scenes we see a man's bare chest. We see several men wearing kilts and one man's kilt is so short we see his underwear and several of the men are seen pulling up their kilts and showing their hairy legs. A man showers in a locker room, we see his bare chest and several men stop, stare and make comments regarding his endowment (one says "it is a monster thing"). A woman's dress rips and we see her bare stomach. We see a woman trying on lingerie and pulling on hosiery through a thin curtain (we see her modeling the lingerie and slapping a leather whip in her palm, but we do not see any nudity). We see a woman nude on the front of a magazine (she covers her breasts with her hand and nothing else is visible). We see several nude male and female sculptures in a museum, and a close-up of one showing male genitalia. A man and a woman walk through a lingerie department in a store and we see several store mannequins dressed in lingerie.
 At her wedding, a woman places a man's hand against her cleavage and pulls away when her husband walks by. A woman playfully spanks a man's behind. We see men and women dancing closely with their arms around each other.
 A man negotiates his marriage terms with his sixth wife and requests frequent sex, which she refuses, and he settles for frequent "BJs" -- which we understand to mean oral sex. A group of men joke in crude terms about pornography, masturbating, having sex, sleeping with different girls every night and sleeping around. A woman bends over in front of a sculpture, and her head is in a position and moving in a way that it looks as if she is performing oral sex (she explains that she is "working on his balls"). A man is told to put his "whoring" to good use. A woman reprimands a man for sleeping with her maid. A man dressed as Bill Clinton makes several references to "Monica Lewinsky" and makes several sexually suggestive remarks (ex: Taking "dictation"). A reference is made to a man having "sport sex," and it being better than regular sex. A man goes into a woman's dorm and states that it is "time for some action." A woman tells a man that he just wants to "get a woman in bed." A woman comments that a man "slept with half her dorm," and she also asks if the man is "hitting on her." Several people comment that a man is or must be "gay" because he is the maid of honor, and a preacher hugs him and says that he has several gay and lesbian members in his congregation. A man tells a woman that he can see through her nightgown (we do not see anything).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man punches another man and knocks him out (he falls to the floor).
 A woman sprays perfume directly in the face and eyes of a man who is attempting to get in her bed. A woman is angry and pushes a man and woman out of her way. A woman hits a man in the head with a pillow. A man hits another man repeatedly with a towel.
 We see a man crash into a waiter, and both fall to the ground. A man riding a horse is struck repeatedly by tree branches, and he is thrown and lands hard on the ground (we do not see any blood, but he's knocked unconscious).
 A man throws a tree and it crashes onto the top of a parked vehicle (the car is crushed and the windows shatter).
 A woman gets upset when she learns that a purse is made from "baby alligators." "Lamb lung" is served for dinner. A man is said to have killed everything they were eating for dinner by himself, several animal heads are hanging around the room and a large deer head is used as a table decoration.
 We see a woman vomit into her purse.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 2 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (psycho-blogger, emotionally retarded, tiny shorts guy, the fornicator), a woman with a heavy accent says the name "Athole" several times, a song contains a derogatory term for African-Americans, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a woman who is heavily intoxicated sitting in bed beckoning a man to come join her and we see her vomit into her own purse, in several party and dinner scenes we see people drinking mixed drinks, a woman is seen drinking champagne on a plane, a man drinks a beer while walking down a street, a man states that his wife is as "drunk as the day I met her," and a man's family owns a whisky distillery and we hear talk of drinking whiskey. A man savors the smell of a cigar.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sex, premarital sex, friendship, female/male relationships, marriage, divorce, female/male roles, sleeping around, sex toys, jealousy, revenge, weight issues, dating, homosexuality, traditions, killing animals, father/son relationships, selfishness.

MESSAGE - You don't miss something until it is gone. You can spend a lifetime searching for something that you had all along.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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