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The Other Sister



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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
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

A mentally-retarded woman (Juliette Lewis) struggles to live independently, but her overprotective mother (Diane Keaton) just can't accept she's capable of doing so. Also with Tom Skerritt, Giovanni Ribisi, Poppy Montgomery, Hector Elizondo, Joanna Going and Sarah Paulson. [2:11]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo. Kissing. We see a man undress to his boxers and a woman undress to her bra and underwear (it's implied that they then have intercourse). A man and woman look through a book of sexual advice and we briefly see some illustrations of people in sexual positions. We see two women in bed together (they're obviously lovers but we don't see them doing anything sexual). During a "sex talk," we hear some clinical words. A man licks salt from a woman's stomach before drinking a shot. We see a woman wearing a cleavage-revealing bra begin to take it off, but we don't see her bare breasts. A woman shows her bare stomach to a man. We see some condoms and some game pieces that are illustrations of penises.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A girl pushes a boy down some steps.

PROFANITY 2 - Several mild obscenities and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental retardation, living independently, parenthood, discovering one's sexuality, falling in love, lesbianism.

MESSAGE - You have to let your children grow up and live their own lives.

Special Keywords: S4 - V1 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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