Me, Myself & Irene

 
 

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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Jim Carrey plays a lovable state trooper who suffers from a multiple personality disorder and falls helplessly in love with the beautiful Irene (Renee Zellweger). Also with Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins, Anthony Anderson, Michael Bowman, Ezra Buzzington, Mark Patrick Costello, Zen Gesner, Danny Green, Jessica Harper, Traylor Howard, John-Eliot Jordan, Anna Kournikova, Jerod Mixon, Rob Moran, Lin Shaye and Shannon Whirry. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Some sexual innuendo (including references to masturbation, anal sex and sex with machinery) and a few kissing scenes (one with french kissing). A man and a woman have sex and she uses a phallic object on him (implied anal sex); this scene is referred to a few times throughout the movie, with the man talking about soreness. In two scenes, we see a couple post-coitus asleep in bed with covers up to his bare chest and her bare shoulders. A man with a sheet up to his bare waist lies in bed and has a woman's picture next to him, along with a bottle of hand lotion and many used tissues (obviously having masturbated earlier). A man describes using a phallic object on a woman; we also see a phallic object in a few scenes. A woman looks at a man's erection under his clothes and a man puts his hands on a woman's clothed breasts. A man exposes himself to a group of people but we don't see anything besides their reaction. A woman breastfeeds a baby until a man starts sucking her breast; we briefly see the top of her breast and her nipple. A woman bends and shows lots of cleavage. We see a man in his briefs and a man's naked backside twice (once during a "mooning" incident and once with a live chicken stuck inside his behind).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Mostly played for laughs. A man is shot and killed, a man is shot with dart (we see a bloody cut on his head), a man shoots another man in the arm (we see some blood on his arm and hand and he gouges the bullet wound), and a thumb is shot off (we see lots of blood on both hands and later blood on the bandage). A man gets zapped with a stun gun and is thrown to the ground and kicked; later her has a bruised cheek and walks stiffly. A man fights with himself and audibly breaks his finger, falls through plate glass, throws himself out of a moving car, slaps his own face and punches it, chokes himself, and hits his head on the steering wheel. A man is slapped and kicked in the face and falls down a hill; later he's wearing a neck brace and has a broken, twisted, swollen nose with bruises. A man tries to kill a cow by shooting it many times, kicking it and suffocating it. A man trashes another's car by throwing garbage in it, breaking the windshield and urinating in it. A man punches another in the face a few times; a man punches and scratches another's face a few times; a man is hit twice in the temple with a pistol and falls down; a man is hit in the head with a helmet and knocked out; a scuffle with a few face slaps and punches and a man whacks another's legs with numchucks; a man pushes another's arm through glass, which shatters and hits him in the head; a man is kicked in the crotch; a man holds a girl's head under water a few times; a man throws dust in a couple's eyes, temporarily blinding them; a man runs another down with a car, threatening him with a gun; a man threatens another with a gun; a man drives a car through a barbershop and nearly runs a few people down; a person trips and falls; a person chokes and spits while taking a pill; and a couple falls into water and the woman hits her head on some rocks. We see a small cut on a man's cheek. A childbirth scene with the woman yelling. A man gets hit in the face by lots of bugs during a motorcycle ride and he swallows one. We see a close-up of a dog defecating. A man begins to defecate but we only see him begin to pull down his pants and grunt a couple times. A man urinates all over a bathroom because he can't control it. A man washes his behind by squatting over a sink after being told he used a phallic object the night before. A man is shown with a live chicken up his behind.

PROFANITY 10 - About 60 F-words, many anatomical references, many scatological references, many mild obscenities and a racial epithet. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Schizophrenia, law enforcement, adultery.

MESSAGE - There are many different facets to each person's personality.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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