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Safety Not Guaranteed [2012] [R] - 5.4.5



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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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An offbeat classified ad draws the attention of three magazine employees (Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni) who set out to meet the advertiser. They find a supermarket clerk (Mark Duplass) who thinks he's invented time travel. The four embark on a bittersweet adventure to find lost loves and new lives. Also with Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Directed by Colin Trevorrow. [1:25]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man has dinner with his ex-girlfriend, he kisses her while sitting on a backyard picnic table, pushes her back to lie down on the tabletop (her sundress skirt lifts up to show thighs and legs), sex is implied and we see the two the next morning while in bed (we see her bare shoulders, arms, and some cleavage); she refuses a long-term relationship with him and says she had casual sex before (he becomes angry and leaves).
 A man and a younger man pick up two twenty-something women in a bar and take them back to a motel room; in the hallway, the older man accuses the younger man of being gay, the younger man denies it but says he is shy and inexperienced with women, and the older man sends the younger man into the motel room to have sex with one of the women (we see the woman kiss the younger man and the scene ends with sex implied).
 A man and a woman kiss briefly in a college dorm room. Three heterosexual couples kiss briefly and hold hands.
 On a reporting assignment, one woman and two men share a motel room to save expenses and the men sleep in a double bed that is separated from a twin bed by a partition; the three people are shown completely clothed with the woman wearing a tank top and clingy pedal pushers for sleep clothing. Two women wear knee-length sundresses that are low-cut and reveal cleavage; one of the women leans forward toward the camera several times, exposing more cleavage.
 We hear that a woman was married, but her husband began dating someone else during the marriage. A woman asks her boss if she is to hang her vagina out as bait to get an interview with a subject, the editor laughs and says yes; later he asks her if she has a "thing" for a male subject and she says no. A man at an amusement park with male and female friends shouts, "My friend's gonna get laid tonight!" A male reporter tells a female intern that she is a virgin and then says to a male intern that it is sad that he (the intern) is also a virgin. A woman asks a man how he knows she is not on Craigslist advertising for casual encounters and he laughs. A man brags that he had "a lot of sex" when he was 18 and that a "smokin' hot blonde" gave him his first oral sex (using a crude sexual term). A man asks another man his reason for wanting to time travel and the second man laughs and replies, "Have sex with a Pilgrim?" A man talks to another man and a woman about his ex-girlfriend from high school, about how sexy she was and how he used to see her naked a lot. An editor tells a photographer on the phone that she does not want prepubescent models, but full-grown women in her magazine's photo shoots. A man asks a woman of she wears skintight clothes to clubs, she says no, and he says that she would look good in them. A male reporter says that a man he is interviewing is crazy and "might pull out his thing."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man enters a medical supply house while wearing a ski mask, holds a fake pistol, points the gun at the guard, walks him to a supply cage and locks him in; he robs the building of equipment, while staff watches incredulously.
 Three people in a car follow government agents that are following another man who speeds off suddenly, followed by the other two vehicles, the agents and the others follow the man to his house, they go inside, the man becomes angry and runs off, exclaiming that he is leaving this timeline tonight, and a woman in the group runs through the woods to find the man, followed by the others; the woman finds the man at a river where he is in a large boat, we see flames blow out of the rear engine and arcs of electric power as a whining sound increases, the woman steps onto the boat, a beam of light pierces the sky from the boat, electric arcs enlarge into a bubble and the boat vanishes.
 A man stopped along a roadside at night pulls a rifle from his car trunk when another car containing an older couple drives up slowly; the driver of the second vehicle yells and drives off quickly. A man and a woman practice shooting handguns at empty bottles in the woods. A man and a woman practice karate moves and the woman strikes the man's knee causing him to hop away on one foot.
 Throughout the film, a man claims that people follow him and mean him harm and he argues with several men and women loudly about this; twice, he shouts and pounds his fist on a table when angry. A man's ear seems to move and he explains to a woman that it is prosthetic and that kids in school always made fun of him for having only one ear. We hear that a man drove a car in anger into the house of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. We hear that an older grocery store clerk's wife is very sick.
 A woman changes toilet paper rolls and accidentally drags her long hair through toilet water (we see it wet, but with no excrement).

PROFANITY 5 - About 8 F-words, 3 sexual references, 16 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, exclamations (shut up), name-calling (crazy, idiot, insane, stupid, nuts, retards, lesbian, alien, weirdo, fat, dog, sloppy, psychopath, jerks, creepy, bum, dirt bag, freak show, storm trooper, Sleeping Beauty), stereotypical references to bosses, interns, men, women, inventors, geeks, PhD students, Asian Indians, homosexuals, government agents, 3 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man asks a younger man if he ever used cocaine to stay awake to study and the younger man says "Cocaine! Are you crazy?" and a woman asks a man "Are you wasted?" and he replies, "It's complicated" (we see no drugs). We see men and women drinking assorted beers and mixed drinks in a bar while smoking, a man interviews a woman in a large bar before opening time and we see many full wine bottles on the back bar, a college house party features men and women drinking from plastic cups (implied to be containing beer), three people eat several meals and drink beer and mixed drinks in a bar, people drink beer at a picnic, two men and two women drink beer and liquor they purchased from a package store from the bottles while riding on amusement park rides and two men drink beer at a high school football game and the sheriff ejects them from the game. Two men and two women smoke while riding amusement park rides.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, lost loves, regrets, honesty, education, jobs, happiness, trust, time travel.

MESSAGE - Find someone to trust and make a life without regrets.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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