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Man of the Century



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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
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MPAA Rating: R

Gibson Frazier plays Johnny Twennies, a newspaper reporter straight out of the 1920s who lives in modern-day New York City. Also with Cara Buono, Brian Davies, Susan Egan, Dwight Ewell, Frank Gorshin, David Margulies, Anthony Rapp, Marisa Ryan, Bobby Short, Michael Allinson, Gary Beach, Nicole Brier, Alan Davidson and Lester Lanin. [1:20]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Sexual innuendo and several chaste kisses. We see a man in a leather S&M outfit (his bare chest is visible) standing over a woman who's tied to a chair and gagged (she's untied before anything happens). A woman tries to lie on top of a man and kiss him while they're sitting on a couch; when he tries to push her away they both end up rolling onto the floor. We briefly see the back of a woman's bra after she asks a man to unzip her dress. We see a woman in a cleavage-revealing top a few times.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Mostly innocuous and played for laughs: a few punches, several slaps, some shoving, a man tries to choke another, a man is hit with a garbage can, a man is hit in the head with a tea pot, a man is thrown to the ground, a woman is carried off by some men, a man pulls a woman off her bike and steals it, a man smashes a chair against the floor, a man and woman are tied to chairs, some verbal threatening, some threatening with guns and knives and a man catches a knife that was thrown at him. We see a man with a bandage on his nose after he was punched.

PROFANITY 9 - About 35 F-words, a couple of anatomical references, several scatological references, many mild obscenities and a couple of insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stereotypical 1920s characters and attitudes, 1920s slang, newspaper reporting, criminal activities, falling in love, gay couples.

MESSAGE - Customs, attitudes and speech have changed since the 1920s; being "old-fashioned" can be both annoying and charming.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P9 - MPAAR

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