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Nine Lives [2016] [PG] - 2.3.2



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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 successful businessman but distracted father (Kevin Spacey) finds himself transported into the body of the family cat and unless he can reconcile himself with his estranged wife (Jennifer Garner) and daughter he'll remain a feline forever. Also with, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines, Mark Consuelos, Malina Weissman, Christopher Walken and Talitha Bateman. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman removes her blouse (we see her wearing a camisole that reveals her bare back and shoulders and we then see her removing her pants and her bare leg is shown as a man's voice over remarks about how beautiful she is; we then see the woman wearing a nightgown (cleavage and bare shoulders are shown). A woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare back. A woman wearing a sports bra and yoga pants is shown exercising and we see cleavage and her abdomen.
 A husband and his wife kiss in a few scenes.
 A man and a woman talk and the man asks the woman to go inside; the woman says, "No let's do it out here," while a cat (who's really a man) screeches from the bushes because he thinks they are having an affair (they are not).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two men argue on a skyscraper rooftop during a lightning storm; one man falls over the edge and pleads for help from the other man, who does not help him, and the first man and a cat fall; the man crashes through a window and he and the cat slide across the floor and we see the man on a stretcher later (we see blood on his hand). A man talking on a cell phone steps into a street and turns to face an oncoming car (we see him illuminated by the headlights and hear a screech); the man is shown being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher (we do not hear the outcome).
 A man jumps from a skyscraper and falls, followed by a cat; the man opens a parachute and lands safely and we see the cat unharmed later.
 A man in an airplane prepares to skydive and tries to convince another man to join him (the other man does not); he jumps out of the plane while saying, "Chicken" and we see him fall through the sky, pull his parachute chord and land safely on a skyscraper rooftop. A man driving a car speeds through city traffic swerving between other cars.
 A man is shown in a few hospital scenes in a bed with tubes and IVs and monitors and we understand that he is in a coma after an accident caused severe brain trauma; during one scene a doctor says that there is no cerebral activity at all and she talks about removing life support.
 A cat jumps on a man's crotch and appears to bite and scratch him before the man throws the cat off him (we see the man's suit with a few rips but no blood). Security guards with tasers move toward a cat and when the cat jumps out of the way, one guard tasers the other. A woman chases a cat through a house and she hits her head on a flight of stairs (she falls back on the floor but does not appear harmed). Two dogs chase a cat through a house and the cat runs and jumps on furniture until a girl picks him up and yells at the owner of the dogs. A man puts a cat in a plastic bag, then moves toward a dumpster before another man asks for the cat. A wife grabs her husband around the throat while speaking to him sternly. A pre-teen girl yells at another pre-teen girl and throws her cell phone in the toilet. A woman talks to another woman about getting a divorce.
 A cat jumps off a ledge of a high-rise building and bounces off an awning before landing on the sidewalk unharmed. A cat falls on the roof of a stopped car and stares at the driver who is startled (the cat is unharmed). A cat falls off a counter a couple of times (he is unharmed). A cat climbs the ledges of a high-rise building a few times. A cat jumps onto a counter and falls back onto the floor; he tries again and gets inside a cabinet unharmed. A cat climbs a model building and topples it (he is unharmed). A cat runs and bounces on a foot stool, then slams into a wall several times before opening a cabinet in the wall (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A cat struggles to remove the top of a pen and when it slips from between its paws it splatters ink on a photograph. A cat paws a man's leg and the man kicks it away. We hear a crashing noise (glass and other items), and then see a cat stumbling after drinking liquor; he falls asleep on his back and when he is awakened by a woman in the morning he complains of a hangover.
 A man says that he can't live with a situation and says that he is going to take his first and last jump. Two pre-teen girls argue in a few scenes. A man talks about cats "puking all over." A man's voiceover says, "A cat is not a person." A man repeatedly tells a cat to "shut-up" and "get away from me." A man's voiceover says, "I hate cats." A cat screeches in several scenes and appears to be yelling at humans. A woman talks about how she thought her ex-husband would die. A woman talks about her young son asking, "Why is Daddy a vampire?" and a man's voiceover says, "Because Mommy sucked all my blood." A woman talks about "castrating" her husband. A man talks about a cat not being neutered and threatens to "clip" the cat. A woman talks about having planned to leave her husband.
 A cat urinates on a rug and we hear and see the trickle. A cat urinates in a litterbox and we hear the trickle. A cat urinates in a woman's purse and we hear a trickle as he moans. A woman serves a cat canned cat food and we see a clump of slimy looking food in a dish.

PROFANITY 2 - 1 mild scatological term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (chicken, troubled souls, son of a ..., Satan, beast, wreck, idiot, cold, nutcase, selfish), exclamations (jeez, shut-up), 1 religious exclamation (Oh God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman makes a remark about someone overdosing on Botox. A woman pours two drinks and fills her own glass very full before drinking, a cat pours whisky into an ashtray and laps it up (we see the cat drunk later), a woman drinks martinis in a couple of scenes, a woman drinks wine with a meal, and several men and a woman drink alcohol in an office.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Estranged fathers, death of a parent, divorce, greed, business dealings, IPOs, cats, removing life support, suicide.

MESSAGE - Love means sacrifice.

Special Keywords: S2 - V3 - P2 - MPAAPG

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