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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

A dysfunctional family confronts personal demons and finds some understanding when they spend Thanksgiving together for the first time in three years. With Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, Julianne Moore, Noah Wyle, Hope Davis, Michael Vartan, James LeGros, Brian Kerwin, Laurel Holloman and Arija Bareikis. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Some sexual innuendo and several kisses, some passionate. There are three sex scenes with lots of thrusting and moaning but no nudity (in two of the scenes, both people are fully clothed; in the other, both are covered with sheets and we see their bare shoulders). We hear a man and woman moaning and a headboard being "thumped" rhythmically. A clothed man and woman lying in bed turn toward each other as the scene ends and it's implied they're going to have intercourse. A woman in a slip rolls on top of a clothed man and kisses him while they're in bed; a man passionately kisses a woman while lying on top of her. We see a man and woman holding each other in bed. A woman begins to unbutton her shirt in front of a man, but the scene ends before we see any nudity. We see a shirtless man wrapped in a blanket.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man is shoved onto a table and he falls to the ground when the table breaks underneath him. A man intentionally slams a woman's hand between his knee and a table; we hear a thud and the woman yelps, but she's not injured. A man grabs a woman and forces her to kiss him briefly before she breaks away (we see this scene twice).

PROFANITY 5 - About 10 F-words, an anatomical reference, several scatological references, several mild obscenities and a couple of insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dysfunctional families, bitterness, mental illness, love relationships.

MESSAGE - It's hard but not impossible to develop loving relationships with others when you're part of a dysfunctional family.

Special Keywords: S6 - V2 - P5 - MPAAR

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