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Pushing Tin



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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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MPAA Rating: R

John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are competing air traffic controllers in this romantic comedy written by the guys behind "Cheers" and directed by Mike Newell, director of "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Also with Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Jake Weber, Kurt Fuller, Vicki Lewis, Matt Ross, Jerry Grayson, Michael Willis, Philip Akin, Mike O'Malley, Neil Crone, Matt Gordon and Joe Pingue. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Some sexual innuendo and kissing. A couple is lying in bed post-coitus; we see his bare shoulders and her breasts in an extended scene. A woman is dressing, obviously post-coitus, but all we see is some cleavage and her camisole. A man imagines a clothed woman moving on top of a clothed man. We see some women in cleavage-revealing outfits.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - In two scenes, a few men are knocked down and tumble many feet after a plane flies over their heads (all are uninjured). Some scuffles and a man kicks another in the behind. A man has a couple of bloody cuts on his face and later he's seen with bruises. Some reckless driving; drag-racing cars nearly collide. Plane turbulence causes people to nearly fall out of their seats. A couple of planes nearly hit each other midair.

PROFANITY 6 - About 10 F-words and many anatomical references, scatological references and mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Air traffic controllers, infidelity, plane travel, competition.

MESSAGE - You can be friends with your competitor.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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