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Morning Glory [2010] [PG-13] - 6.3.5



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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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A television producer (Rachel McAdams) is tasked with the challenge of revitalizing a struggling morning television show despite the lack of content and constant spats between the high-profile anchors (Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton). Also with Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson and Ty Burrell. Directed by Roger Michell. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, the man lifts the woman and carries her into a room, and it is implied they have sex -- the man is seen waking up later, shirtless (his bare chest visible), he looks for the woman next to him in bed, and she is sitting up, wearing a T-shirt and underwear; they kiss and she leaves after remarking that she had a great time.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, the woman slips off her skirt (we see her underwear), they lie down on a sofa, and the man is on top and they kiss; the woman sits up and runs out of the door (still not wearing her skirt), she comes back, grabs her skirt, kisses the man and leaves again.
 A man is seen leading a woman into a room, with his hand on her behind. A man and a woman hug briefly, and the woman kisses the man on the cheek. A woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man and a woman pose for photographs with their arms around one another, and the man asks jokingly if they are going to pose in a bubble bath.
 A woman tells a group of people, including some people watching her on closed circuit television, that she is having a sexual relationship with a man. A woman jokes to a man that another woman is sleeping with someone in order to keep her job. A man insinuates that a woman is having a sexual relationship with another man. A man remarks that a woman had a sexual relationship with another man. A man makes a crude joke about nudging a woman with a large stick after she fell asleep on his sofa. During a television report, a man says he had a "naked weekend" with a hot movie star. A woman tells a man that she does not know if a man is interested in her until he is naked. A man jokingly tells a woman that he could have "hookers" if he wants. A man asks another man, while on live television, if there is a "hooker" in his room. A man tells a group of people that a woman had spent the night at a man's house -- the woman quickly adds that she slept on the sofa. A woman being handed a bag jokes that it "better not have condoms" because she had not used the box they had given her before. A man jokingly asks a woman, "Is the baby mine?" A man makes a crude joke to a woman about how a man she is dating is usually interested in women with larger chests, saying he likes women with "heavy meatballs." A man asks a woman if she would allow him to take a photograph of her feet for his blog, and implies that they could have sex; the woman refuses. A man makes a crude remark to a group of people that he had to stop looking at a presumably pornographic website." A man jokes with a woman that she needs to repeat a television program in eight parts about orgasm. On two occasions, a man mentions that a woman had her Pap smear televised (we do not see the footage). A man jokes about allowing his prostate exam to be filmed for television. A woman tells a man that she will air footage of a woman getting a bikini wax on television. A male news reporter reads a description of a sexual offender as a sketch appears under the wording "SEXUAL OFFENDER," and a photograph of President Jimmy Carter replaces the sketch; the man later jokingly tells a woman that she should expect a phone call from sexual predator Jimmy Carter. A man jokes that he has something stuck up his rectum. A woman tells a group of men and women that they cannot film people wearing skirts that are too short.
 A woman wearing a T-shirt and underwear runs out of a room. A small portion of a man's bare chest is visible while he wears a robe.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man fires two shots from a hunting rifle at flying birds, we hear a thud and later see the man carrying a dead pheasant in his hand (no blood is visible).
 A man has a panicked look on his face as he is pushed out of an airplane with another man holding a parachute strapped to his back (we later see him unharmed). A man appears to pass out as he sits in a spinning airplane cockpit, he wakes up moments later and the plane stops spinning.
 A woman slams a door in another woman's face. A woman shouts at a man and slams a door behind her. Men and women shout at one another on multiple occasions. A man angrily speaks to a woman, and he then cocks the hunting rifle in his hands and the woman is quiet.
 A woman shoves her hand into a closing elevator door, it continues to close, and she shoves her shoulder into the opening and yelps when it closes fully (she's not hurt). A man shoves his hand into a closing elevator door, forcing it open. A woman runs across a busy street, and cars honk and brake to avoid hitting her. A woman rides her bike through a group of men, and they have to duck to avoid being hit. A woman acts surprised when a man nudges her with a large stick.
 A man tells a woman that he had previously been shot in the arm and that he pulled another man from a burning car and helped a woman during a cholera outbreak. A man tells a woman that another man had slapped him in the face. A woman tells a man that another man had picked up her can of soda and threw it across a room.
 We see various news clips and a scrolling news meter that gives brief one-sentence blurbs about "killer mosquitoes," floods, natural disasters, eating disorders, a city being covered in flood waters, firefighters fighting a forest fire, a drunk driving Playboy bunny, serial arsonists, and e coli contaminated burgers giving people cramps and diarrhea. A news anchor reports that a big rig truck had overturned and caused a traffic jam.
 A man asks a woman if her father had died, the woman does not respond. On multiple occasions, men and women say that people are going to "kill them." A woman jokes that she is going to have a man killed. A man jokingly asks a woman if she is going to "bust a cap in him." A woman jokes that a man should be tarred and feathered in honor of the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. A woman jokes that if a man has a heart attack while being filmed on a roller coaster they will have the footage. A man makes a crude remark to a woman that a television commercial should say that a television program should be watched as a person defecates. A woman tells a man that she had used the words "moist" and "rectal" during a televised show. A man makes a joke that people are simply "waiting for the nurse to turn them over." A man threatens two men and a woman saying that he will have them arrested: we later see a man handcuffed and being lead into a car. A woman jokingly tells a man that she has been kidnapped and she is afraid she will be arrested. A man looks nauseous and we hear him making a slight gagging noise as he rides a roller coaster. A woman tells another woman that three babies had thrown up on her (we do not see this). A woman tells another woman that she has to "pull the train uphill with [her] teeth."
 On multiple occasions a woman hits her head against a wall lightly in frustration. A woman accidentally hits her head lightly on a lamp. A woman wearing a sumo-costume crashes into a large sumo wrestler. A man accidentally trips; he falls to the ground and throws the objects in his hands up in the air (he is later seen with a small Band-Aid on his nose, presumably from being injured when he fell).
 A woman screams when a squirrel crawls up her shirtsleeve. A woman shrieks when a bird flies at her head.
 A woman chews with her mouth open, and a piece of food dangling from her mouth. A man is seen wincing in pain as he gets a tattoo.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, implied or partial F-words (motherfreak and a man shouts "fuuuh" for an extended amount of time), 9 sexual references, 20 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (boring, difficult, heinous, foul, embarrassing, third worst person in the world, stupid, cretinous, morons, Gidget, hideous, peach, repulsive, cretin, moron, pompous, hack, factitious, nuts, deeply terribly mime, egotistical, selfish, ungrateful, naïve, bitter beauty queen with self esteem issues, lunatic, liar, ding dong, miserable, lonely), 1 religious profanity, 27 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - On two occasions a woman takes pills from an unidentified prescription pill bottle, a woman makes a joke that she was around people whose "daddy paid them to smoke bongs" but does not explain what she means, a woman jokes that a person is "smoking crack" and a man jokes that he could have "eightballs" but does not explain what they are. Men and women drink alcoholic drinks at a bar, a man drinks hard alcohol and tells a woman that he drinks a certain alcohol while feeling suicidal, a woman makes a remark that a man drinks in excess, a man tells a woman that another man drinks to drunkenness and calls off work, two men are seen stumbling out of a building (presumably drunk), and a man jokes with a woman that she should start drinking. A man smokes a cigar.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Contractual agreements, firing people/laying people off, the United Nations, Condoleezza Rice, magazine news shows, funny news segments, being dedicated to your work, job interviews.

MESSAGE - When you set your mind to something it can be accomplished with perseverance.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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