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Rumor Has It... [2005] [PG-13] - 5.2.4



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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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Jennifer Aniston stars as a woman from a wealthy Pasadena family, who's convinced that her family was the model for the 1967 movie "The Graduate." She's also conflicted as to whether to accept her boyfriend's (Mark Ruffalo) proposal of marriage, and what to do about her professional life, which seems to have ended before it began. Also with Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Jenkins and Mena Suvari. Directed by Rob Reiner. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss in an airplane bathroom, and they try to have sex but are unable (it is too cramped and the man ends up being pushed down onto the toilet and it flushes).
 A younger woman wakes up in a bed and it is implied that she and an older man had sex the night before; she wraps herself in his shirt while climbing out of the bed and part of the side of her breast is visible, as well as her bare legs).
 A woman wearing a short nightgown (revealing cleavage, and bare thighs) enters her boyfriend's bedroom, climbs into bed with him, he begins to caress her and kiss her, and then she gets out of bed and leaves the room.
 A younger woman kisses an older man quickly, then again passionately, and then pushes him back against a wall. An older man and a younger woman kiss, her fiancé sees them and they stop. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes.
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals part of her lace bra, and a woman's dress reveals her bare back and she has "back cleavage." Many women wear low-cut and off-the-shoulder dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders, a woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, a woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals bare shoulders, and a woman wears a dress that is slit up to the thigh revealing her leg. We see a scene from "The Graduate" where a young man speaks with an older woman who is seated on a stool with one leg raised, revealing part of her upper thigh and the top of her stocking and he says " are trying to seduce me."
 A woman asks her boyfriend to "have sex in the bathroom," mid-flight. A man asks a woman if she wants to have sex. A man asks a woman, "They don't have sex in Pasadena?" A man says to an older woman, "Are you trying to seduce me?" and she says to him, "You weren't that good the first time." A woman asks a man if he had sex with her mother before she got married and if he used protection. A woman tells a man to go and play with a part of his anatomy. A woman admits to her granddaughter that she was pregnant before her wedding. We hear a woman explaining that a young man slept with an older woman, and he then slept with the woman's daughter, who then married another man. A woman talks about another woman having a homosexual son and suggests that he had a sexual affair with another man.
 An older man and a younger woman dance together. A younger man and an older woman dance together, and she grabs his buttocks and squeezes. A man touches a woman's arm tenderly, and she pulls away from him.
 A woman sends her boyfriend down the hall to another bedroom when they spend several nights in her father's home (they do not sleep in the same room). A man hugs a man (trying to comfort him) in a couple of scenes and kisses him on the cheek in one.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We hear that a woman had an anxiety attack on an airplane and that they had to turn the plane around; we then see her crying uncontrollably and yelling.
 A woman opens a door hitting a man who is standing behind it. People yell at each other in several scenes.
 A man talks about an injury he incurred during a soccer game, which rendered him sterile. A woman talks about a boy telling her she was ugly when she was a child.

PROFANITY 4 - 23 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms (2 mild), 13 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man talks about having done "an enormous amount of drugs." Two women drink Bloody Marys, a man and a woman drink beer in a bar, and people are shown drinking alcohol in several party and celebration scenes. Several women drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes at a party, a woman smokes and drinks alcohol, two women drink alcohol and one of them smokes a cigarette (even after having been asked to extinguish it), and a woman smokes a cigarette and drinks alcohol in a scene from a movie. A woman smokes a cigarette in nearly every scene she is in.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Rumors, gossip, Pasadena, happiness, "The Graduate," success, failure, sterility, searching for oneself, fitting in, the Vietnam War, the Civil War, insecurity, secrets, being a big sister, commitment, death of a parent, regret, bitterness, jealousy, obituary writing, adoption, suspicion, fear of flying, fear of marriage, all women become like their mothers.

MESSAGE - We should be willing to take chances in our lives and do things out of the ordinary. Life is uncertain, there are no guarantees for happiness.

Special Keywords: S5 - V2 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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