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Serial Mom



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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

A John Waters' black comedy about the perfect suburban mom, who's also a serial killer.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Several brief but obvious flashes of a pornographic movie showing nude, abnormally large breasts, and a number of skin magazines with varying degrees of female nudity. There is one very noisy and rambunctious sex scene between a married couple (they are shown under covers). There is also a very long masturbation scene (also under covers).

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There are 7 murders, and all include gore. The murder weapons include scissors, a fireplace poker, a car, an air conditioner, a telephone receiver, falling stage lights and a leg of lamb. One victim is set on fire. All of these scenes are played for comic effect, but they are gruesome nonetheless. Also, several gross-out scenes, involving a squashed fly, disgusting table manners, and phlegm.

PROFANITY 6 - About a dozen F-words, and an assortment of very profane insults, scatological and anatomical references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Masturbation, drug use, voyeurism.

MESSAGE - Picture-perfect suburbs hide dark secrets.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P6 - MPAAR

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