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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
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Shocked after discovering that his girlfriend has been unfaithful, a man decides, along with his friends, to form an unorthodox fraternity for grown-ups: They move into a large house near their old college campus, where they think they'll be able to enjoy partying without having to follow any rules. With Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Juliette Lewis and Ellen Pompeo. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - We hear a woman groaning and moaning and see a scene from a pornographic movie on a TV: a man and a woman are having sex (we see the woman's bare breasts and his bare back), the man and the woman kiss, she puts his finger in her mouth, we see thrusting and hear more moaning. A group of women take a class on oral sex: they practice using vegetables and we see them bobbing their heads and thrusting the vegetables rhythmically in and out of their mouths. Two topless women (we see their bare breasts) prepare to wrestle with an 89-year-old man (he's in long underwear). A woman sits in her bed wearing a nightie, her boyfriend walks in the room and another man and woman wearing only panties and jockey shorts come out of a closet with blindfolds covering their eyes (it is suggested that three of them had planned group sex). A man gives another man mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and the unconscious man begins kissing him (we see his tongue). A man and a woman in a bathroom begin to kiss, another man walks in interrupting them, and a woman kisses a man. A nude man is shown running (we see his bare buttocks several times, a brief glimpse of his genitals from a distance and a close-up of his buttocks and scrotum as he backs into a car). A group of men stand on a wall with their pants around their ankles and we see a brief glimpse of heavily shadowed areas at their crotches: we are told that ropes are tied around their genitals and the other end is tied to a cinder block that will be dropped over the side of the wall. One cinder block falls through an open manhole pulling the man from the genitals, we hear a crunch and the man lands on the ground (we see his bare buttocks and hear him moaning). A man and a woman wake up in bed together apparently after having had sex the night before (he's bare chested and she's in her underwear) and she kisses him. A man licks a woman's face. A man spills coffee on a woman's lap and tries to clean it by putting his hand up her skirt. A man carries a sex doll around. A group of men dance and they grab their crotches, shake and thrust their hips suggestively. Three men plan to rent a house on a college campus with the hope of having sex with young women (there are frequent references to this). People discuss the prospect of fidelity after marriage, and a man talks about wondering what a woman is wearing under her uniform. Women wear outfits that reveal cleavage, bare midriffs, bare thighs and shoulders in many scenes. A man is shown wearing his boxer shorts and a T-shirt, and a man is shown in his jockey shorts. There is a discussion about the "code" that prevents men from telling on each other's infidelities.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A group of men stand on a wall with their pants around their ankles and we are told that ropes are tied around their genitals and the other end is tied to a cinder block that will be dropped over the side of the wall. One cinder block falls through an open manhole pulling the man from the genitals, we hear a crunch and the man lands on the ground (we see his bare buttocks and hear him moaning). A man drives recklessly, swerves off a bridge and the car lands on a man standing in a stream fishing (we see his body crumple under the car). A man attacks another man by wrapping a towel around his neck from behind, but he is thrown over and crashes into a table and is hit in the face with a kettle (we see his bruised eye and he lies on the floor). A man is kicked in the groin and punched in the face twice and then he is tackled by a woman in a wrestling match. A man in a cougar costume jumps through a flaming hoop, doesn't clear it, he falls to the floor and the suit catches fire (we see his reddened skin later). A man cocks a tranquilizer gun and shoots himself in the neck; he stumbles knocking over furniture, crashing through a table and landing in a swimming pool. A man collapses and dies (we see his funeral). A man kicks another man into a pool. Two men chase a man through a building: one man is slapped in the face, punched in the stomach and his head is slammed into a glass display case. The two men struggle at the top of stairs, roll down and one man's head is slammed into the floor (we hear a crunch and he lies on the floor with a bloody face, but he's still conscious). A man is held at gunpoint at an airport by a security guard. Men are chased down and grabbed off the street by three men driving recklessly in a van and wearing stockings over their faces (one is chased on foot and tackled into a pool of water). A man yells at another man. A man smacks a young boy (presumably his son) on the back of the head, and a man slaps a man in the face. A man pulls aggressively on a rope tied to a pony and the pony recoils. A house and yard are left in a shambles after a party. A man pounds on a locker with a chair and yells, and a man throws a chair onto a soccer field while trying to coach a match. A man vomits (we hear gagging).

PROFANITY 6 - 15 F-words and its derivatives, 8 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Infidelity, maturity (or the lack of it), responsibility, true love, fraternities, jealousy, infatuation, bribery, revenge, grudges, marriage, divorce.

MESSAGE - Life can be mundane at times, but it is after all what you make of it. Eventually everybody needs to grow up.

(Note: People are shown drinking heavily to the point of drunkenness, and smoking cigarettes.)

Special Keywords: S8 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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