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The Other Guys [2010] [PG-13] - 5.6.5



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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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In this parody of capitalism and the NYPD, two out-of-control "super-bad" cops (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are worshiped by NYC citizens and the police force. But two detectives attempt to take their place, a paperwork obsessed ex-pimp (Will Ferrell) and his partner (Mark Wahlberg), when a small-time white-collar crime uncovers a multinational Ponzi scheme. Also with Eva Mendes, Ann Heche, Derek Jeter, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., Michael Keaton and Ice-T (voice). Directed by Adam McKay. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A husband and his wife go into a bedroom, he pulls off his shirt, says, "I'm gonna break your hip" and she removes her blouse; they kiss briefly and the scene ends (he's in a T-shirt and her camisole reveals a little cleavage).
 A husband and his wife kiss and hug briefly. We see a couple kiss briefly in a wedding scene.
 A few women appear in low-cut blouses and dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders. In a background shot, we see a female figure from the waist-down, in a very short mini skirt that reveals thighs, knees and lower legs. A woman wears a short skirt and high spiked heel boots. A few women are shown with small tattoos on bare necks and shoulders. A flashback shows several college-aged women dressed conservatively and following the college pimp, who wears a large gold chain as a mark of his profession.
 News clippings of two policemen appear on a police department bulletin board with the crotch areas crossed out (meaning "no penis"). Police officers taunt two other officers throughout the film as being unmanly.
 A wife tells her husband that they will make love after dinner. We hear that a car is stolen and used by a band of homeless men as a place for masturbation and sodomy. A husband accuses his wife of having another man's baby as if she were a prostitute and a customer had gotten her pregnant; the wife screams at him and throws him out of the house. An elderly woman walks back and forth between a husband and his wife delivering verbal sexual propositions, such as "I'm gonna pull your hair until you say "Mommy like," etc. Throughout the film, references are made to people, places and things being "sexy" and an automobile is described as a penis head, a vagina and a tampon several times. Dozens of references are made to prostitutes and pimps, and a man talks about being a pimp in college, states he does not like the term "pimp" and he and another man debate about whether he was a "pimp" or a "protector." In a tavern, a group of elderly men sing a song about five British soldiers having sex with another man's wife during a war. We hear that a man had poison ivy on and in the rectum, went to the ER, and was examined by a female physician, whom he married. A man says his favorite things in life include the dimples above a woman's buttocks. Two men argue about how "hot" one's wife is. A man has a coffee mug that says FBI: Female Body Investigator. A man asks another man how he attracts women all the time, even though he is a boring accountant. A man accuses a female ballet teacher of "shaking it for dollar bills." A bearded man being interviewed by a police officer says that the beard is the only hair on his body, and he shaves the rest of his body.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Many scenes involve bombings and car and motorcycle chases with burglars, international special-forces officers, NYPD officers, and unknown people dressed in black with faces covered by helmets: constant handgun and automatic rifle fire is featured in all of these scenes and three explosions blow out shop windows with flames and people are thrown to the ground (we see no injuries); in one explosion scene a man on the ground screams about being deaf and that TV crime show explosions are false (using an obscene term).
Three dozen people fire handguns and automatic guns causing broken windows; one police officer slides on his back across a long glass-topped table, firing guns, and men and women fall, but we see no injuries or blood; two officers grab a man, take him away, they are chased, the officers' car is riddled with bullets (no one is injured), other cars flip and crash, one explodes in flames and two vans and an SUV crash into each other.
 A wrecking ball slams into an SUV and an unmarked police car, that flips and explodes into flames and smoke (we see no casualties); the ball then rams into the plate glass window of a jewelry business, which is being robbed by a band of men and woman dressed in black (the sequence is loud and we see smashing glass in close up).
 Two police officers stand on a 20-story building's roof and jump off "aiming for the bushes"; the camera follows their fall to the ground and onto the sidewalk, cracking it, and the scene cuts to a police funeral with many people gathered.
 A police officer shoots a baseball player in the knee, thinking he was a thug with a bat hiding in the shadows of a stadium's hallway (the victim shouts in pain).
 In a large fight scene, two police officers run from an office full of people with handguns: they are shot and fall, shouting (we do not see any blood, but we do see two bodies lying still in a hallway, presumably dead as EMT vehicles take injured people away).
 A car drives onto a driving range, where it is hit by many golf balls: the driver gets out, yells that he is a policeman and the golfers should fire golf balls at the helicopter chasing him, and they do so bringing it down (it explodes into flames and the scene ends).
 The film begins with a loud, profane song about violence, played over a police chase scene with gunfire, car crashes, and cars driving through shop windows and the side of a bus; we see people fly through the air, but we see no blood or injuries. Two police detectives talk about how tough they are in the squad room and engage in several car and motorcycle chases and shootouts in the streets, where people fall to the ground, but we never see blood. A flashback shows a pimp in black leather, holding a knife and a handgun.
 A man stands on a 20-story window ledge ready to jump, two police officers try to talk him down and he falls onto a hotdog cart (we see an obvious-looking rag dummy instead of an actor hit the cart, and we see no injuries).
 A police officer shoots a handgun at the ceiling in his office; many others pull their guns, but do no further shooting and the first officer's gun is taken away from him.
 A police officer visits an ex-girlfriend for an investigation; she slaps him and slams him into a wall, and he escapes in his car, while the woman and her husband shout and chase him. A man picks up a mug of hot coffee and throws it on another man's chest, making him scream.
 A motorcycle, car and helicopter chase ends in hand-to-hand combat on the street, with motorcycle riders and a police officer using martial arts moves. Two men wrestle quietly on the floor as a group around them whispers cheers.
 During an interrogation, two police officers tear up an office, destroying windows, artwork, and furniture (one officer suffers a minor bloody nose and we see some dried blood on his upper lip).
 A police detective suffers a dozen flashbacks to when he was a pimp and he shouts as he would at street thugs and prostitutes, using obscenities. A police detective shouts at and insults his colleagues throughout the film. Police officers argue about what it means to be a policeman. A man accuses another man of being a drug addict and a woman argues with the man and tells him to leave. Music with violent lyrics plays several times in the film and a voiceover each time speaks of crime and the police.
 A man says he is hung over, approaches a trashcan, and bends over it, behind a desk: we hear loud vomiting, but do not see anything. On a night street, we briefly see a group of five homeless men and a shopping cart full of trash; the men are filthy, with long stringy hair and torn clothing. We hear that a stolen car contains bodily fluids from homeless men and a raccoon that gave birth, along with a used condom. A set of still photos shows men and woman throwing food and mugs of beer, pouring beer over one another's heads and wrestling; a man stands on a pool table and a stream of urine sprays in an arc and onto the floor (we see him from the back).

PROFANITY 5 - About 1 implied F-word, 17 sexual references, 60 scatological references, 29 anatomical references, 33 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, crazy, insane, pimps, junkies, Bilbo Baggins, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Viagra pill with a face, F-shack, queer, piece of work, scumbag, weird, big boy, biracial, Yankee Clipper, Scarface, dancing boy, wuss, child, joker, "demotes," tampon on wheels, sucker), 9 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Cocaine and illegal drugs are mentioned several times, we hear that ˝ pound of marijuana was captured in a police raid, a car drives over a large block of packaged cocaine and becomes completely dusted with it, and a man runs a finger over a drug-dusted car, licks his finger, smiles, and walks off screen. A woman pops the cork from a bottle of wine (we do not see her pour and no one drinks), a man serves glasses of vodka punch to guests (no one drinks), a bar scene shows dozens of glasses of ale sitting in front of customers (no one drinks), a glass of wine sits on a table and sealed bottles of wine are seen in a cabinet, two glasses and a bottle of wine sit on a table (no one drinks) and a police officer at work says he is hung over.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Capitalism, Ponzi schemes, U.S. government corruption, politics, bailouts, law enforcement techniques, financial scandals, inequities, crime, rap music, video games, violence, bribes, sex and drug trafficking.

MESSAGE - Capitalism survives even in prison.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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