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Punch-Drunk Love



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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

Adam Sandler stars as a man who suffers from emotional problems inflicted upon him by his seven abusive sisters. He's also being chased by thugs, one of his sisters is trying to set him up with a blind date, and his hobby of collecting pudding coupons pays off and he's able to win enough frequent flyer miles to take a trip to Hawaii. Also with Emily Watson, Luis Guzman, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man calls a phone sex line and we hear the woman on the other end talking about watching porn movies and making frank references to masturbation. A man and a woman kiss while lying in bed clothed. A man and a woman kiss and hug several times, and a man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man and a woman flirt in a few scenes. We see some photographs (magazine pages) of scantily clad and topless women. A woman wears a low-cut dress that exposes cleavage, a woman wears a tank top that exposes cleavage and her bare abdomen. A man admires a woman as she walks away from him. A woman talks to a man about fixing him up with a co-worker. We see photos in a newspaper ad for phone sex lines and the women wear low-cut tops that expose cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man punches a man, knocks two more out with a tire iron, threatens yet another (when the punches land, they thunder) and breaks the window of a car. A man tears up a rest room: he rips the doors off the stalls and tugs on a soap dispenser. A man is grabbed off the street and thrown in the back of a pick-up truck, a man punches him and he falls on the ground, then runs in terror while being chased by the men in the truck. A car is hit in the rear by another car, it spins around and we see a stream of blood dripping from a woman's head. A man kicks three sliding glass doors and they shatter, a man punches a wall and cries and we see his bloody knuckles. Two men yell abusively at each other over the telephone. A man watches as a car tips, then flips over several times and slides along a street with sparks flying. A woman harasses a man for money, over the telephone. A man and a woman talk to each other, while in an amorous position, about violent acts they'd like to do to each other. A man is startled when another man opens a garage door abruptly. A man's sisters are very abusive toward him. A man walks into a door, a man trips and drops a cup of coffee on the floor (it breaks), and a man falls off a chair. A forklift rams into a wall of boxes, then drops what it was carrying on the floor. People talk about a man having thrown a hammer through a sliding glass door when he was younger.

PROFANITY 8 - 32 F-words and its derivatives, 10 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, 7 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 4 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Disappointment, compulsions, obsessive behavior, traumatic childhood, love, sibling relationships, blackmail, family.

MESSAGE - There is someone out there for everyone. Being loved gives us strength.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.)

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P8 - MPAAR

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