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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

Comedy about marriage, divorce and children, concentrating on the lives of three couples from different backgrounds and age groups. Cybill Shepherd, Ron Silver, Beau Bridges, Stockard Channing, Mary Stuart Masterson and Robert Sean Leonard star.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - There are two love making scenes: Shepherd and Silver are being affectionate in the shower, but no nudity is visible. Bridges and Channing are in bed, being overly vigorous and noisy; still, there is no nudity. There's some cleavage here and there, lots of explicit sexual talk and sexual gesturing and some romantic kissing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 0 - Nothing. (Unless you consider a kid picking his nose to be gory).

PROFANITY 7 - At least 25 F-words, with the majority uttered during a tirade by Masterson. Also a lot of other profanities -- mainly anatomical and scatological references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce and how it affects children, drugs, sexual promiscuity. There's one scene of a teenager getting very drunk.

MESSAGE - It's worth working at perfecting a relationship, rather than throwing in the towel at the first sign of trouble. The value of friendship is inestimable. Children are happiness.

Special Keywords: S5 - V0 - P7 - MPAAR

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