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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: PG-13

Ben Stiller stars as a prospective bridegroom who meets his fiancée's parents and everything that can go wrong does. Also with Robert De Niro, Nicole DeHuff, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Jon Abrahams, James Rebhorn, Phyllis George and Owen Wilson. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Several women are shown in bikinis and a man is seen in a micro-Speedo. A woman wears a clingy nightgown. Several kisses, a couple passionate; one kiss leads to a woman caressing a man's leg and another shows a man caressing a woman under her sweater. Sexual conversations and references to pornographic videos, premarital sex and S&M (in a suitcase we see assorted leather paraphernalia and a whip). A hidden camera takes a shot up a woman's skirt. A magazine for mothers depicts a woman using breast pumps. A strange discussion about milking a cat, including hand gestures and references to nipples and teats.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Some slapstick physical comedy which leads to property damage and some injuries. A woman is beaned by a volleyball and ends up bleeding; we see her swollen eye later. A man hangs from a rooftop while trying to retrieve a cat which leads to a sparking power line and a fire. A man removes a catheter from a hospital patient; we see the patient's pained reaction. An urn containing the ashes of the mother of one of the characters is smashed, the ashes fly and a cat walks through them. There's a scene where a man is verbally threatened. A man and woman struggle over a suitcase. A man is carried kicking and hollering off an airplane. A group of people is sprayed by a truck's tires kicking up cesspool waste. Reckless driving. A cat is shown using a toilet; we hear the tinkle. A baby spits up on a man's shoulder.

PROFANITY 6 - One F-word, several scatological terms, several anatomical references, a few sexual references, a few profane insults, several religious profanities and some religious exclamations. There are also references to a man's name being Gaylord Focker and a woman's name being Pamela Martha Focker. They are repeatedly pronounced so that they sound obscene. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, love, trust, secrets, family, first impressions, drug use, expectations, fathers, death of a parent, premarital sex, cat people vs. dog people, Christianity and Judaism.

MESSAGE - Trust is a two-way street. Fathers can have extreme expectations; they need to allow their children to make decisions for themselves.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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