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Moulin Rouge



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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: PG-13

Anachronistic musical about the bohemian world of Montmartre, Paris, during the last year of the 19th century. A young poet (Ewan McGregor) from a middle-class background joins artist Toulouse Lautrec (John Leguizamo) whose life revolves around the Can-Can nightclub Moulin Rouge. There he meets and falls in love with a beautiful courtesan (Nicole Kidman). Also with Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Kylie Minogue, Christine Anu, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Caroline O'Connor, David Wenham and Garry McDonald. [2:06]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - There are several passionate kisses. A woman grabs a man and pulls him down on top of her kissing him and wrapping her legs around him, and a woman jumps onto a bed and invites a man to join her. A woman moans and writhes with sexual pleasure on the floor. Several men dance the tango with a woman while kissing her neck and shoulders and touching her all over. A woman dances and caresses herself. A woman dances and flirts with her audience and ends up crawling on top of and wiggling her bottom at a man who is lying on the floor. A woman grabs a man's crotch, and a woman grabs a man's legs and separates them (he reacts as if he is aroused). A woman is seen a few times obviously nude but strategically covered by sheets so that only her shoulders and legs are shown. Men are seen shirtless in a few scenes while dancing onstage and in a bedroom scene. There are several night club and Can-Can dancing scenes which are chaotic, full of men and women dancing: The scenes include women dressed in Can-Can costumes which reveal cleavage and bloomers and barely covered buttocks when they kick their legs into the air. A woman is seen several times in tightly laced corset-type costumes that expose her cleavage and legs in stockings with garters. A woman changes her costume onstage exposing bare shoulders. A man puts one hand on a woman's breast and one on her crotch during a stage performance, and a man pretends to grab a woman's bottom. A gelatin salad is made to look like breasts and nipples. There is sexual innuendo in several scenes: a woman misunderstands a man who wants to read her poetry for his wanting to have sex with her; a woman reacts with surprise and delight -- presumably at a man's endowment -- when she unbuttons his pants; a bottle suggestively sprays champagne. There are discussions of courtesans (and being paid for sex), bordellos, and erotic dances.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man grabs a woman violently, chases her and throws her to the floor and onto a bed after tearing off some of her clothing. A man shoots a gun at a man twice, and a man is threatened with a gun. A man knocks a man to the floor with a blow to the head; we see some blood trickle from the wound as it is being dressed. A man hits a man in the crotch. A man is punched in the face and dropped on a street; we see his bruised cheek. A man is punched in the face and falls back onto the ground, and a man is knocked out by a sandbag falling on his head. A woman coughs violently, gasping for air and spits out blood in several scenes; in one she is unconscious and receives a shot in the arm. A man falls through the ceiling of a man's apartment and dangles, unconscious, by his foot; another man falls from stage scaffolding, swings from a rope and slides across a stage. A woman falls unconscious from a high swing and is caught before she hits the floor. A woman imagines being violently tied to a bed. A man blows fire that nearly singes a man's hair. There are a few threats of violence (to kill a man, to destroy a dance club). A man sobs hysterically after a woman dies in his arms.

PROFANITY 3 - There are a few sexual references, a racial slur and some name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The bohemian lifestyle, the death of someone you love, courtesans, bordellos, truth, freedom, lying, virginity, jealousy, self-worth, betrayal, love for money.

MESSAGE - Life is nothing without true love.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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