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Not Easily Broken [2009] [PG-13] - 4.5.4



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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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Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson star as a married couple whose aspirations are along different paths: He was once an aspiring professional baseball player, and struggles with his new construction business, while she is a successful realtor; also, he would like to start a family, but she is focused on her career. Also with Cannon Jay, Eddie Cibrian, Kwame Boateng, Maeve Quinlan and Jenifer Lewis. Directed by Bill Duke. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A husband and a wife kiss and lie back on a bed (sex is implied). A wife lies in bed wearing a short negligee (deep cleavage and bare legs are visible), she invites her husband to join her, she kisses his neck and begins to remove his shirt, and he stops her and leaves. A married man has a dream about a woman massaging his back with oil (we see his bare back, her hands and her face). A husband kisses his wife who is trying to sleep in bed, he tries to seduce her, and she rebuffs him and goes to sleep.
 A husband and his wife kiss at their wedding ceremony. A man and a woman kiss. A husband kisses his wife's neck and makes a remark about wanting to spend "quality time" with her (referring to sex). A husband and his wife kiss and snuggle.
 A man asks a woman on a date (she declines). A woman tells another woman that she is afraid that her husband is being unfaithful. A woman confesses to having been unfaithful to her husband. A man says that he and his wife "didn't come up for air for 2 days" after they were married. A husband complains that he and his wife have not been having sex since she became pregnant. A man makes a remark about another man getting "more tail than a public toilet." A wife tells her husband that she is not interested in having "sex like rabbits all night long" and that he is "not getting any." Three men talk about fidelity in their relationships.
 Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs in several scenes throughout the movie. Several men are shown bare-chested during a basketball game.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We see a very pale boy lying in a hospital bed as a doctor removes a breathing tube (the boy is dead and his mother cries in disbelief).
 A teenage boy in a swim meet crashes into the pool wall striking his head (we do not see him hit the wall, but we see the reaction of the people in the audience).
 A husband and his wife driving in a car are struck by another car that runs a red light (glass shatters and we see the driver and passenger with bloody cuts on their faces and blood streaming from their noses). A woman is shown in a hospital bed with a cast on her leg and blood on bandages and a doctor remarks that she has serious abdominal wounds.
 Men play basketball in a few scenes and shove each other; one is knocked to the floor, another is knocked to the floor, he becomes upset and lunges toward the man who pushed him and is punched in the face. In a basketball scene two men struggle over a ball (they call a draw). A man grabs his son by the back of the neck, shakes him, yells at him, and then threatens him with bodily harm. Two boys playing baseball argue and then wrestle on the ground briefly before being broken up by their coaches (there are no visible injuries).
 A woman yells at and threatens another woman. Two women nag and talk to a man in an insulting and demeaning manner in many scenes. Two men argue. A woman tells her daughter that her husband hit her when they were married and that she hates him. A man tells another man to leave when he drinks alcohol while watching his son play baseball, and they argue briefly. Boys tease another boy when he doesn't hit a baseball. A woman yells at a man and accuses him of being responsible for an accident that has left her daughter injured and in the hospital.
 A man talks about his divorce settlement being unfair. A man talks about being trapped in his marriage and that he can't escape. A man talks about his wife pushing him away and calling him names. A woman has difficulty getting out of a wheelchair and taking a few steps during therapy sessions.
 We see people grieving at the funeral for a teenage boy.

PROFANITY 4 - A man says "feng shui" and the way he says it could be construed as an F-word, 6 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, 1 exclamation (shut-up), name-calling (bully, nasty, cracker, selfish, stinky man), 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol from a bottle wrapped in a paper bag while watching his young son play baseball (he is asked to leave), and men drink beers in a few bar scenes. A man smokes a cigarette in a couple of scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, relationships, faith in marriage, dreams, death of a child, strained relations with in-laws, being a father vs. being a dad, career vs. family, single parenting, romance, depression, spousal abuse, betrayal, marriage counseling, disappointment, fidelity, shattered dreams, respect, racism, regret, forgiveness, parental interference in a child's marriage, divorce, good people, bad people, grief.

MESSAGE - Appearances are not everything. Life is fragile. Learn how to live by surviving challenging times.

Special Keywords: S4 - V5 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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