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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

An ultra-famous movie star (Julia Roberts) and an ordinary bookshop owner (Hugh Grant) fall in love despite their differences. Also with Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfus, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee, Richard McCabe, Dylan Moran, Roger Frost, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lorelei King and John Shrapnel. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to masturbation, orgasms and prostitutes), some discussion about breasts and nudity and lots of kisses (some are cheek-to-cheek). A man kisses a woman's neck and face and then runs his hand down her bare back; we later see them talking in bed, presumably post-coitus and naked but covered with sheets. A man peeks underneath some covers at a woman's bare breasts (nothing is visible) and we see, for a split-second, a blurry shot of a nude woman walking past the camera (it's impossible to distinguish any bare body parts). We see some cleavage-revealing tops, a woman wearing a long dress shirt and a few bare-chested men in their boxers or a towel. In one scene, a man wears tiny underwear and we see most of one buttock (he poses for people, then poses in front of a mirror, grabbing his genitals); in another scene, we see a man's buttock cleavage while he's wearing low-riding pants.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - One scene of reckless driving. A man wears a shirt that is supposed to look like an alien in bursting from his stomach with blood surrounding it.

PROFANITY 5 - Two F-words (one is seen on a shirt), several anatomical and scatological references, several mild obscenities, some insults and several British slang terms. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fame, falling in love, relationships, risk-taking.

MESSAGE - Two people who truly want to be together will overcome any obstacles and misunderstandings to do so; the pressures and demands of fame can bring out the worst in someone.

Special Keywords: S4 - V1 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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