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Nanny Diaries [2007] [PG-13] - 4.3.5



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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 young woman (Scarlett Johansson) just graduating from New York University with a degree in Finance and Anthropology is uncertain about her future. In order to try to clear her head and figure out what she wants to do with her life, she takes a position as a nanny for the son of a very wealthy Upper East Side couple. Also with Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Chris Evans and Donna Murphy. Directed by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young man says, "You should let me kiss you right now," to a young woman; they kiss passionately as they back through an apartment door and it is implied that they have sex (nothing else is shown).
 A man makes advances toward a young woman by touching her thigh, she backs away and his wife walks into the room witnessing what has happened.
 We hear giggling and smooching as a boy and a young woman walk into a man's office, we see a woman sitting on the man's lap (she adjusts her dress and appears to be embarrassed) and it is implied that they are having an affair.
 A young man and a young woman kiss.
 A boy pulls a young woman's pants down (we see part of her bikini panties) and locks her out of an apartment; a young man getting off an elevator sees her. A man watches a woman wearing tight-fitting running togs while she stretches. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. Young women are shown in low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. We see museum displays with mannequin-like female figures: one wears a bikini and is standing around a dancing pole while a male figure holds it around the hips and is inserting a bill in its panties; another female figure lies nude on a table while being massaged (a towel covers it from the hips down and it lies on its stomach). A boy is shown in his boxer shorts and bare-chested.
 Young men tease a young woman about being a nanny and make several crude sexual remarks. A woman describes the topic of a meeting as "Sexy mom, happy mom" and "It's going to be a hot one." A young woman calls a young man "Harvard Hotty." A woman says that she went to a women's college and that they were "not all lesbians."
 A wife touches her husband's hand and he pulls away from her.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man on a scooter nearly runs into a boy (a young woman pulls him to safety), and then crashes into a woman knocking her to the ground and landing on top of her; she shoves him off and calls him a "pervert." A boy kicks a young woman in the shin and slaps her hand. A boy throws stuffed animals at his mother and a man.
 A husband and wife argue bitterly in several scenes and their young son overhears them. A man yells at his mother. On videotape a young woman yells at a man and a woman. A woman confronts her nanny about singing religious songs to her child even though they are agnostic.
 A young woman talks about plastic surgery as body mutilation. A woman talks about wanting to hire a hit-man (her husband is having an affair). Young men tease a young woman about being a nanny and make several crude sexual remarks. A young man talks about his mother having died when he was young. A boy tells a young woman, "I hate you."
 A boy jumps on his bed then falls off on to the floor (we hear a thud). A young woman trips onto the stage as she accepts her diploma.
 A boy vomits and has a 104-degree fever (he has croup and recovers). We see a female figure bent over a toilet with her finger in her mouth, simulating purging. A young woman spills a large pan of food on the floor. A boy picks his nose and eats what he finds.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 2 sexual references, 8 scatological terms (2 mild), 6 anatomical terms (1 mild), 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (dork, hotty, stupid, pigs, silly, jerk, bonehead), 1 religious profanity, 17 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol in several bar and party scenes, people drink wine at parties and dinners, a woman drinks from a flask and it appears as though she has a drinking problem, and a young man and a young woman drink beer at a restaurant. A woman smokes a cigarette and a man smokes a cigar.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parenting, nannies, child rearing, self-reflection, customs, mores, prosperity, wealth, rituals, negativity, celibacy, strict rules, denial, enabling, emotional attachment, spying, trust, control freaks, germophobes, psychology, secrets, experience, divorce, anthropology, male monogamy, disappointment, adultery, custody, freedom, homosexuality, self-confidence, stereotypes.

MESSAGE - Nothing is more important than being involved in the raising of your own children.

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