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Peeples [2013] [PG-13] - 5.3.5



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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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A children's entertainer (Craig Robinson) arrives unannounced at the home of his fiancée's (Kerry Washington) rich parents to introduce himself. He's a big surprise for the family, but they have surprises of their own. Also with S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, Tyler James Williams and Kali Hawk. Directed by Tina Gordon Chism. [1.35]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man comes home to find a woman wearing a robe on his sofa; she removes the robe, revealing her bare arms and significant cleavage and says, "Have sex with me" whereupon he sits down and kisses her jaw line and ear and she asks if her girlfriend can come over as well; he agrees and the camera cuts to two women turned toward each other on a couch, smiling, as a man sits between them, also smiling (sex is implied among the three people); the next day, another man says that the first man has been looking at the two women in a sexual manner.
 One night, a woman wears a short plaid skirt revealing full thighs, a tight long-sleeved shirt, knee socks and high heels; she asks her boyfriend to spank her with a ruler as she lies on top of him on the sofa (both are clothed) and he turns her over on his knee and spanks her a few times (sex overnight is implied); her father peeks in the window, grimaces, and runs away. A man and a woman kiss briefly several times. An older man and an older woman hug twice.
 At night a man stumbles upon several middle-aged nudists (in a long shot we see only silhouettes of the men and women from the waist up, with a little bouncing of one woman's breasts and in close-up we see the bare shoulders of a woman and bare shoulders, arms and upper chest of a man); a man sees the last two people, grimaces and quickly rides away on a bicycle while mumbling that Sag Harbor means sagging bodies.
 A man puts on a woman's headdress from an old dance costume and writhes and shimmies as he dances in front of a mirror; later, he and a woman sing together and she slaps him on the butt three times and laughs. A teen boy sings a rap song with the lyrics, "I can't get laid" while dancing with a pair of women's string bikini underwear in front of a poster of a woman's buttocks covered by short shorts (the backs of her bare thighs are seen).
 A man stares at the buttocks of women wearing jeans/slacks as they bend over in a store several times.
 A dog knocks a man down and lies on him as the dog's owner shouts that the dog will try to have sex with the downed man; the dog only rolls off and steals the man's wallet.
 A man tells a woman that he will not make love to her again until he meets her family and she laughs and refuses to let him meet them. A man tells his brother that he saw their mom in bed with their scoutmaster once and it traumatized him. A woman is criticized by her boyfriend for dating and having sex with men her father's age. A man asks a woman if Moby Dick Day is about a big dick or a little dick; she laughs and changes the subject. A man hears another man and a woman planning a secret meeting. A neon window sign in a bar reads, "The Lusty Sea Hag." We hear that a woman is a lesbian when she nervously announces that fact to her family after they see her and another woman holding hands; she says, "We're a couple of dykes." A man tells another man that a woman they both know is gay and the second man says he cannot believe it. At a dinner where people are praising one another, a woman says, "I'd like to do Gloria" and Gloria spits out a glass of water in surprise, thinking "do" means "sex"; the other woman begins an innocent poem and then talks about how good Gloria looks in a backless dress.
 A man sits in a sweat lodge, wrapped in a sheet that reveals one bare shoulder and arm, and both legs from the knees down; several other men wearing shorts sit with him and we see their bare legs from the knees down and bare chests. A few women wear low-cut blouses that reveal significant cleavage and we hear that one of the women had breast implants and used to date her surgeon.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - At a reading of a famous novel at an outdoor fair, a man under the influence of an hallucinogenic (please see the Substance Use category for more details) begins to sneer and shout down the speaker and finally standing and saying he will kill the speaker; he charges up the steps to the platform, grabs a whaling spear, charges toward the speaker, but misses and falls over the side of the platform; he lands unconscious and we see a scrape on his forehead.
 A middle-aged man's father punches him in the abdomen in a family tradition and the first man doubles over and groans. A man dresses as a doctor in a large doll store where the repair department is decorated as a hospital; a little girl kicks him in the shin and he shouts.
 A woman screams loudly at home and runs downstairs to her family, reporting that her diamond earrings are missing; she cries as the family argues loudly over who took the jewelry and later, two male visitors catch the teen son of the family wearing the earrings into a bar, corner him in a restroom, scare him and demand that he returns them (which he does).
 A man in a sweat lodge stands up and accidentally knocks another man that is replenishing the coals on the fire causing him to fall and the tent goes up in flames; all the men inside shout, curse, and run outside unharmed. When a man falls over a speaker's podium and lies unconscious another man faints; neither is hurt, but we see a small square Band-Aid on the forehead of the first man. A man is accident-prone and falls a lot throughout the film, but is never seriously injured.
 A man and his future father-in-law argue about several topics and raise their voices. A man argues with his girlfriend several times and they raise their voices. A man sings, "Speak It, Don't Leak It," to preschoolers and first graders, encouraging them not to urinate on other kids during arguments.
 An irritated man slams a kitchen hammer into cooked lobsters in close-up and the shells break. A man becomes seasick in a motorboat and burps loudly, but does not vomit.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 12 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, chump, Uncle Ben, Bojangles, junkie, dope fiend, Godzilla, South Side Willy, colored boy, shrimp, saggy nut bags, liars, loser), stereotypical references to children, the rich, the working class, Blacks, Native Americans, Asian Indians, rappers, parents, judges, overachievers, controlling people, singers, lesbians, doctors, 1 religious profanity, 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We understand that a middle-aged woman has used drugs since she was a nightclub singer and is a recovering alcoholic, a woman grows marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in her garden and ingests both (she does not seem affected by them), a woman gives an hallucinogenic-laced green-colored drink to a man twice causing him to fall asleep the first time and the second time he talks loudly and slurs his words, and two men use a Native American sweat lodge with mind-altering herbs on the fire causing one of the men to hallucinate (we see his vision of flames on the screen) and sing children's songs. A man gives a bottle of wine to a woman at her home and is told that she goes to AA and cannot have it, a man tells a recovering alcoholic that she needs to go back to rehab and she agrees, glasses of wine sit on a dinner table and a man chugs one glassful, two men sit at a bar and drink bottles of beer with shots of clear liquor in two scenes, beer bottles are shown on tables in the background of a bar scene, and a man and a woman drink martinis and the man then asks the woman to make him another drink.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Wealth, class differences, snobbery, family secrets, blacks acting white, perfectionists, nudist colonies, drug rehab.

MESSAGE - People are the same everywhere.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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