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Mother's Boys



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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

Jamie Lee Curtis plays a psychopath who comes back to her family in order to torment everybody.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - There's a brief scene of heavy petting where both parties remain clothed. In another scene, the two are about to have sex, and she tears her jacket off: while there's no nudity, there's a lot of lewd kissing and several closeup shots of breasts jammed into a slinky bra. We later see a brief shot of a woman's bare breast. In another scene, a woman is shown bathing and she stands up to reveal herself to her 12-year-old son -- the audience gets an extreme close up of her bare backside.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman mutilates herself in several very bloody scenes, with broken glass and other household objects. A woman falls down a flight of stairs and ends up bloody. A young boy falls on a broken glass and a shard stabs him in the chest. A dog is hit by a car.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, and a handful of scatological and anatomical references and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Suicide, divorce, sexual abuse, self-mutilation, abandonment.

MESSAGE - There's no such thing as an instant family; you have to build one over time with love and trust.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P5 - MPAAR

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