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Man on the Moon



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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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MPAA Rating: R

From Andy Kaufman's (played by Jim Carrey) days on the sitcom "Taxi" to his forays into professional wrestling to his portrayal of his lounge lizard alter-ego Tony Clifton, this Milos Forman-directed biopic chronicles the self-proclaimed song-and-dance man's career highs and lows. With Danny DeVito, Paul Giamatti and Courtney Love. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A reference to a ménage-à-trois and a couple of kisses. A man playfully wrestles with two topless prostitutes on a bed. A clothed man and woman lie next to each other on a bed and then kiss passionately. A man licks a woman's ear and fondles another's clothed breast. We see lots of women in bikinis at a brothel and lots of topless showgirls (stars cover their nipples). We see a woman's underwear as she's wrestling (see Violence/Gore).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A doctor appears to put his hand into a person's bare stomach (blood runs down the torso) and pulls out a bloody organ, leaving no cut or scar on the person's stomach. A woman appears to have a heart attack. We see many wrestling matches -- most between a man and woman -- during which people bite, flip, slap, "clothesline," and throw each other to the mat. In one match between two men, a man is hit in the head with a towel and thrown down on the mat head-first; he lies on the mat motionless, is wheeled away on a stretcher and is later seen wearing a neck brace. A man throws chairs at a wall and screams at people; men scuffle with him and finally drag him out of the building. A woman hits a man with her purse, a man slaps another out of his chair and several people throw glasses of water on others. Some scuffles and lots of yelling. We see a bowl of bloody water. We see a man in a casket. A man puts a fake piece of mucus on his upper lip.

PROFANITY 6 - About 7 F-words, several anatomical references, many scatological references, several mild obscenities and a couple of insults; in one scene, many expletives are bleeped out. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Andy Kaufman, Transcendental Meditation, performance artists, pro wrestling, early death.

MESSAGE - Find your own passionate agenda and pursue it until the end, no matter how strange it might seem to others.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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