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Maid In Manhattan



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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
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

A woman (Jennifer Lopez) working as a maid in an exclusive hotel in New York City while raising her young son, falls in love with an aspiring senator (Ralph Fiennes), and he falls in love with her. The problem is that he thinks she's a guest at the hotel, not the maid. But they eventually learn that affluence has nothing to do with someone's true value. Also with Natasha Richardson, Di Quon and Kevin Wade. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman sits on a bed, a man invites her to stay with him, they kiss and lie back on the bed and we see them sleeping together the next morning (we see his bare shoulders and her bare thighs as she gets out of bed). A man and a woman kiss a few times, a woman kisses a man and a woman kisses a man on the cheek. We see a nude man (bare back and buttocks) from the back standing outside his locked hotel door (we see him a couple of times on a security monitor). A man stands presumably nude (we see him bare to the waist) in front of two women who make veiled remarks about his endowment. A man unzips his pants preparing to urinate, but doesn't realize that a woman is in the bathroom cleaning up; he is startled and she slips out. Two women exercise and their outfits reveal bare abdomens, cleavage and bare backs. And a woman wears a low cut top that reveals cleavage, a woman wears a tight sweater with hip-hugger pants that reveal a bit of bare back and cleavage, and women wear evening gowns that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and bare backs. Sexual innuendo includes: We hear that a man's girlfriend is checking out of the hotel as his wife and children are arriving. A woman asks another woman if, "[her] mind is always on the pepperoni," a woman says, "I almost sat on your face" when she goes to sit on a magazine with a man's face on the cover, and a woman describes a man's eyes and "sexy lips."

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A boy is humiliated when he stumbles over words while giving a speech, and people laugh at him. A man yells at another man in several scenes. Two women yell and argue in a couple of scenes, a woman and her mother argue in a couple of scenes, and a woman is repeatedly insulting and demeaning to another woman.

PROFANITY 4 - 1 sexual reference, 5 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 23 religious exclamations, and some name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Class distinctions, serving others vs. being a servant, friendship, snobbery, love, humiliation, dignity, stereotypes, pride, fate, infidelity, politics, deception, stage fright, disappointment, loyalty, second chances, privacy, paparazzi.

MESSAGE - Anything is possible, and everyone deserves a second chance.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. People talk about a man being "on the wagon" and a woman talks about a man drinking again.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V1 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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