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Observe and Report [2009] [R] - 9.7.10



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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 man (Seth Rogen) who takes his job as a mall security guard very seriously but is bi-polar, also becomes embroiled in a competition with a police detective (Ray Liotta) who's trying to solve a case of indecent exposure on mall property. Also with Anna Faris, Michael Pena and Jesse Plemons. Directed by Jody Hill. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A man has sex with a woman who's unconscious from alcohol and prescription drugs: we see his bare back and side of his chest, we see that she is wearing a bra, and the man thrusts on top of the woman while moaning and calling her name; the woman is unresponsive and there is vomit on her pillow next to her mouth but she reacts when he stops thrusting briefly, asking him why he stopped, and he continues.
 A man and a woman have sex in the back seat of a car: we see them thrusting violently and yelling (she is wearing a bra and he is bare-chested).
 A man exposes himself to another man and a woman seated at a table: we see the man's bare abdomen and genitals repeatedly while he is standing still and while running. A nude man (we see him fully nude, including his genitals) runs toward a woman, and she drops a tray of glass bottles and screams. A man in a mall parking lot exposes himself to several women: he is wearing a calf length trench coat and when he opens the coat we see his bare legs and when he runs away we see his bare buttocks (the man also makes sexually aggressive remarks). A man peeks over the wall of a dressing room where two women are dressing (we see one with bare breasts and the other wearing a bra) and he takes a photo of them. We see a photograph a few times of a nude man from the waist down, which shows genitals. We see a line drawing of a man with his penis exposed. We see a line drawing of a pistol and a severed penis.
 We see prostitutes on a street (one wears a very short skirt that reveals her thighs). A woman wearing a low-cut top adjusts her breasts in front of a mirror while a man admires her. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage throughout the move. A woman wears short skirts that reveal legs to the thigh and in one scene the dress is hiked up to reveal her panties and part of her buttock. Two men point laser pointers at the clothed breasts and buttocks of women walking through a mall. The camera lingers on the clothed buttocks of a woman walking through a mall.
 A man in a shopping mall applies lotion to a woman's bare arm and makes remarks about bubbles caressing her breasts. A woman sits behind a man on a motorcycle and caresses his clothed chest.
 A man kisses a woman after she vomits. A woman kisses a man.
 A man holds a gun to another man's head and makes a sexually suggestive remark. A man makes a remark about sexual assault. A woman's vanity license plate spells out SNCUMS. A woman talks about being a born again virgin. A woman tells a man that she used to have sex with all of her son's friends (using crude terms). A woman tells her adult son about the first date she had with his father and that she knew she was going to have sex with him (using crude terms).

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is shot in the back and falls to the floor (blood spurts on a man and a woman standing nearby, and we see a bloody bullet wound and blood smeared on the floor near him).
 A man with a nightstick beats several men who try to attack him: he twists a man's arm and breaks it (we see bone break through the skin) and kicks a man in the head (we see blood in a man's mouth and another man spits blood).
 Police officers with nightsticks surround a man with a flashlight, they charge him, he strikes several with the flashlight knocking them unconscious, several officers grab the man and hold him on the ground while striking and kicking him (he has a bloody face), and another man jumps on them; the first man gets up and runs toward a man who strikes him in the head with a sign and they fight with punches and kicks (they both have bloody faces and heads and we see one man with bruises and cuts).
 Two men attack several young men with punches and kicks: one is struck on the back of the head with a skateboard (the board breaks) and one is sprayed in the eyes with something. A man yells at a man and slams his head into the door of a hot oven repeatedly and then threatens to kill him.
 A man tasers another man in the chest (he falls to the ground and twitches uncontrollably). A man holds a gun to another man's head and makes a sexually suggestive remark. A man hits another man in the head twice with a small table (the man falls to the floor). A man punches a man in the face.
 A man in a mall parking lot exposes himself to several women and makes sexually aggressive remarks. A young woman shoplifts in a mall store in a couple of scenes.
 A man yells at a woman and breaks a glass display case (people around them are frightened). A man yells at a man and is abusive. Two men argue and insult each other using obscene terms in a couple of scenes. A man yells at a woman in several scenes and is abusive (he is her boss). A man makes a threatening gesture to another man by dragging his thumb across his throat. We see drug dealers harassing a person. A man makes a remark about sexual assault. A man tells a woman that another man is going to come back to kill her. A man talks about a dream that he has about a gray cloud of "cancer and puss" and that he blows it all away with his gun.
 Three men shoot guns at a target range and they shoot at a picture of a man, blowing out the eyes, mouth and crotch. We see a line drawing of a pistol and a severed penis.
 A woman is afraid while walking through a mall parking lot at night. A man shoves people out of the way and off a balance beam on a police obstacle course. A woman who has been drinking alcohol falls out of her chair and onto the floor where she lies sleeping.
 A woman vomits after drinking too much (we see goo). A man kisses a woman after she vomits. We see vomit on a pillow next to a woman's mouth. A woman talks about soiling herself after drinking too much.
 A man drives a car through a shopping mall and out the front doors, shattering the glass.

PROFANITY 10 - About 117 F-words and its derivatives (several more mouthed but not enunciated), 6 obscene hand gestures, 12 sexual references, 25 scatological terms, 18 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 1 derogatory term for the mentally challenged, name-calling (sell-out, crazy, idiot, lazy, pigs), 2 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men snort cocaine, drink alcohol, smoke marijuana and one injects himself with a drug and a boy offers to sell a man crack (the man does not accept). A woman takes a man's prescription drugs (several at once), another woman takes his prescription drugs, and a man takes prescription drugs in several scenes. A woman drinks a lot of alcohol at a restaurant and is later shown to be drunk, a woman drinks alcohol in many scenes throughout the movie and appears to be drunk in several scenes and a man drinks alcohol at a restaurant.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Bi-polar disease, indecent exposure, dreams, abandonment, single parenting, sociopaths, delusional, disappointment, racism, racial profiling, justice, destiny, love, infatuation, feeling like you are owed something, alcoholism.

MESSAGE - Our dreams are not always appropriate for who we are.

Special Keywords: S9 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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