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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day [2008] [PG-13] - 5.2.3



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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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On the eve of World War II, a woman (Frances McDormand) labeled a "governess of last resort" by her boss, finds herself on the street when she is summarily dismissed. Desperation and serendipity lead her to the doorstep of an ambitious starlet (Amy Adams) who requires a social secretary. She fills the job and begins to discover her talent for bringing to light the true desires of the people around her. Also with Shirley Henderson, Lee Pace, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Christina Cole, Beatie Edney, Stephanie Cole and Mo Zinal. Directed by Bharat Nalluri. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man is lying bare-chested in bed, pulls a young woman into bed with him, they kiss and he tries to convince her to have sex (she does not). A man presses a woman against a wall and kisses her neck (she swoons) until they realize a woman is watching them.
 A man and a woman kiss and he tells another woman to leave because they have catching up to do (implying sex); she does not leave, and eventually he does.
 A woman kisses another woman on the lips (it does not appear sexual) and tells her that she loves her. A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes.
 A man jumps out of bed and runs across the room to get dressed (we see his bare hip, legs and buttocks and a glimpse of pubic hair). A woman sits in a bathtub covered with bubbles (her bare shoulders are visible) and when she steps out of the tub another woman in the room remarks about her beauty (she is mostly covered by a towel but her shoulders, cleavage, bare hip, thigh and side of her buttock are visible). We see several women modeling lingerie (corsets and bras) in a fashion show. We see a woman wearing a bra, peddy pants, stockings and garters while she is dressing. A woman drops her robe in front of another woman (we see her bare shoulders and the other woman blocks the rest of her from view). A woman wearing a robe (low-cut with feathered fringe) answers the door.
 A woman puts on a full-length fur coat (she is nude underneath and we see cleavage and bare thigh) and reclines on a sofa saying how sensual it is to feel fur on her bare flesh. A woman throws back the sheets on a bed to reveal a man lying nude (we see his bare back, legs and buttocks); he remarks about being "up already" and the man and the woman look below his waist (presumably at an erection but nothing else is shown). A woman picks up her undergarments and the clothes of a man while making veiled remarks about them having had sex the night before.
 A woman talks about having sexual relationships with three men at the same time, and for different reasons. A woman tells a man to kiss her, and he refuses.
 Men and women dance in a couple of club scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man grabs a woman's arm, another man punches him in the face, he punches him back, he falls to the floor, gets up and punches the man hard in the face knocking him unconscious (no blood).
 An air raid siren blares and people panic and run (it was a drill). Large military planes fly overhead in a city and people appear frightened.
 A man angrily picks up a woman, puts her down hard on a piano and they argue.
 A woman talks about her husband dying in war. People talk about the inevitability of a war. Two women make catty remarks to each other.
 We see mannequins in a store window with gas masks on their faces.
 A woman drops a plate of food on the floor near a man's shoe. A woman takes cucumber slices off her eyes (during a facial) and eats them.

PROFANITY 3 - 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot), 1 religious profanity, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman and a man drink whiskey, people drink alcohol and smoke cigars and cigarettes in several nightclub scenes, and a man talks about drinking too much champagne. A young man smokes a cigar, a woman smokes a cigar, and women smoke cigarettes in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Desperation, hard times, World War II, ambition, theater, fashion design, death of friends and loved ones in war, fame, love, celebrity, jealousy, competition, taking life seriously, money or love, heartbreak, disappointment, truth, infidelity.

MESSAGE - Not everything comes along when we want it to. Love is not a game.

Special Keywords: S5 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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