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Sisters [2015] [R] - 6.5.10



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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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Two sisters (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) find themselves trying to convince their parents not to sell their cherished childhood home. As a reaction, they decide to throw one last blow-out bash. Also with Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Cena, John Leguizamo , Bobby Moynihan, Greta Lee, Madison Davenport, Rachel Dratch, Santino Fontana, Britt Lower and Samantha Bee. Directed by Jason Moore. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman standing in a crowd have sex: the man thrusts from behind the woman, and she moans and screams when they climax (no nudity is shown). A man wearing a shirt (we see his bare legs to the hip) is shown thrusting into a bucket of paint and then presumably using his genitals to paint on a wall (we see him from the back and his bare legs are seen); we later see that he painted an outline of male genitals on the wall.
 A man and a woman kiss while on a bed; she tells him to take off his pants and that she is going to do something to him (he removes his pants and we see him wearing boxer briefs. Please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). Two women visit their parents and their mother answers the door wearing a robe and high heeled shoes; the two women then see their father standing behind a pillar and realize that they have interrupted the couple having sex (we see the man's bare abdomen).
 We see the painted outline of male genitals on a wall and a woman poses with it suggestively while taking photos of herself. A woman holds a waxing strip covered with pubic hair. A woman pretends to be inserting a baton into her vagina or rectum.
 A fully nude man swims in a pool and we see his buttocks. Two women try on dresses and we see one's cleavage, lower breasts and bare abdomen exposed when she puts her dress on backwards. A woman spills her drink down the front of her shirt; she takes her shirt off and we see her bra, cleavage and bare abdomen. A woman wears a school uniform jumper that reveals the side of her bare breasts and back. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in several scenes. Two women sit in a bathtub together and we see cleavage and upper chests. Two women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut robe that reveals part of her bra and cleavage. A dress that a woman wears reveals her upper thighs and underwear at the crotch. A dress that a woman wears reveals cleavage and bare skin at the side and down the hip through openings. A woman wears a skirt that reveals her bare legs to the crotch (we see a glimpse of her panties). Men and women dance at a party. Several women remove their shirts (we see them wearing what looks like bikini tops and short shorts that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens) and dance in foam bubbles. A woman takes her shirt off while dancing (we see a bra, cleavage and bare abdomen). A woman rubs lotion on a man's legs (we see his bare legs to the upper thighs) as he lays in a hospital bed (she is a nurse) and he reaches for his crotch and he says, "I don't need any there" as she says, "Yes you do."
 A man and a woman kiss with their tongues out. A woman puts her fingers through the mouth of two masks and pantomimes like they are kissing with their tongues. A woman kisses a man and says, "We must dance the demons out" (he is suffering from the effects of a drug he snorted earlier).
 A woman tells a man, "I wish we had some lubricant" and they speak to each other suggestively. Two women bump their clothed bellies as one says, "Give me a kiss." A man tells a woman his safe word and asks her if she is ready (sex is suggested, but they are referring to another activity; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man talks about an "Ellis sisters sandwich" and asks if two women are interested. Two women flirt with a man working in a garden and make several gardening remarks that are sexually suggestive along with sexual hand and mouth gestures. A woman tells a man that he was the first she ever did it with. Two women talk about a high school couple and that they used to have sex in the weirdest places. A woman calls several other women, "A flock of hotties." A woman talks to another woman about crushing on a man. A woman talks about someone violently masturbating. A man at a party yells out, "Release your boobs." A woman tells another woman, "Dave has Chlamydia." A woman reads a diary that includes references to having a shoulder hickey, making out with someone, and that she thought she was pregnant. A woman talks to her sister about not having had sex in their childhood home. A woman reads a diary entry about how to insert an IUD. A woman talks about being divorced. A woman talks about her "vaginal rejuvenation." A man talks about his "perfect penis." A man reads a woman's diary that states that she tried a tampon. A woman talks to a man on a street and asks him if he would like to come home with her to shower (thinking that he is homeless); he says he has a girlfriend, she refers to her as his "road wife" and he walks away. A reference is made to a "ween that is still wearing its hat." A woman makes a comment about a dress revealing a lot of "under teat." A woman says that she is worried about zipping up her pubic hair in a dress zipper.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman drips candle wax on a man's chest and abdomen (he is wearing boxer briefs), he yelps and she lights a larger candle that flares and she drops it on his clothed genitals, he screams, falls on the floor and screams louder (we understand that a ballerina music box figure has become wedged in his rectum); the woman tries to remove the figure and the man moans as we hear music playing from the music box (the man leaves and we can still hear the music playing). A man under the influence of a drug tackles another man and they fight briefly; the second man holds the attacker around the neck until he falls unconscious and then carries him to a room and locks him inside. Two women argue, and one tells the other, "I'm gonna kill you," one shoves the other, and they fall in mud and wrestle until their parents arrive and yell at them.
 The ground rumbles and a pool seizes and then sinks into a hole in the ground; a teen girl slides down the hole and a woman jumps into the hole to help her out (no one is harmed). A car (left running with no driver) drives into a tree, knocks the tree over and the tree crushes part of a house where people are gathered for a party (no one is harmed). A woman falls through the floor of an attic and her feet and legs dangle through the ceiling of the room below (a man pulls her up and she is OK); the floor rumbles and creaks and the man and woman run along rafters before falling through the floor together and landing on a bed below covered with insulation (no one is hurt). A man kicks through a wall and breaks it apart. A woman yells, kicks down a yard sign and throws herself on the ground in anger (no injuries are seen). A man yells and acts frantic from the effects of a drug that he inhaled at a party. A man climbs a stone fireplace and taps a light attached to the ceiling. A woman yells at another woman about not having been invited to parties.
 Police twice arrive at a home after noise complaints and confront the homeowners; one time one of the homeowners is rude and yells at the officer and makes rude hand gestures (the officers leave without incident on both occasions).
 A woman screams when a man pops out of a cabinet when she opens the door; the man falls out of the cabinet and onto the floor. A washing machine overflows with bubbles and people dance in them. A swimming pool is filled with blue paint and swimmers come out tinged blue.
 A woman accidentally bleaches a man's eyebrows (he complains of it burning), then draws fake brows on his forehead with a pencil. A woman pretends to swallow a baton several times. Three people get sprayed by a yard sprinkler and they run away.
 A woman holds another woman's hair back as she vomits into a toilet (we hear retching but do not see goo). A woman holds a waxing strip covered with pubic hair and tells another woman that she found it in her dog's feces and that the dog then ate it again from its feces. A woman says, "I threw up really hard." A woman tells a man that she held his mullet while he was vomiting. A woman drools when she removes her retainer.
 A man tells a woman that his parents passed away. A woman says, "When my dad finally died." A man has a tattoo of a skull with large pointed teeth around his neck and throat. Two women yell at their parents for selling their childhood home. A woman says that she would like to hit a TV character. A woman says she wants to punch someone in the genitals. A woman says that she looks like a dead deer bloated on the highway. Two women talk to another woman about there having been a murder in their home. A woman talks about a dead man and that, "They found his head." A woman says that she shoved her boss and his glasses broke (she was fired). A woman talks about someone violently masturbating. A woman talks about second hand hate. A woman approaches a man sitting on a sidewalk and sprays him with sunscreen and asks if he wants to come home with her to shower (thinking he is homeless). A woman says that some countries inject young girls with chicken hormones to get their hair to grow faster. A man says that his house was eaten by a sink hole. A woman tells another woman that she flushed tampon down her toilet. A woman says, "I swallowed my wedding ring." A partygoer says, "I swallowed my credit cards." A woman says, "Sleep barfing kills." A woman talks about her dog having a yeast infection in his paws. A woman tells two other women, "Your feet looked like dried beef."

PROFANITY 10 - About 60 F-words and its derivatives, 11 obscene hand gestures, 15 sexual references, 45 scatological terms, 36 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (gross, rowdy seniors, unbridled filth, bummer, party mom, beef jerky), exclamations (for crying out loud, idiot, weirdo, selfish), 6 religious profanities (GD), 16 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Dear God, Oh God, God, Oh Jesus, Christ, Lord, Holy Moses With His [anatomical term deleted] Out, God Bless, Holy Mother). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man opens case that contains many types of drugs and lists many that he is willing to sell, a woman asks a man for a small amount of a drug and some marijuana for a party, a man and a woman smoke a marijuana cigarette in an attic, a man snorts a lot of white powder off a counter (he thinks it's Stevia but it is a drug), a woman talks about smoking marijuana, a man smokes a marijuana cigarette and blows smoke in a woman's face (they both cough), people smoke marijuana cigarettes and marijuana from a bong, people eat drug laced brownies, a man says that he is drunk and stoned, and people drink shots of Tequila at a party. Two women drink champagne while sitting in a bathtub together, people drink alcohol at a party, people drink shots of alcohol at a party and drink from a keg of beer, and women drink wine (non-alcoholic) while watching a TV show.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sibling relationships, growing up, taking responsibility, parenting, aging, spina bifida, fear, weight loss, self-confidence.

MESSAGE - Home is a feeling. Growing up, letting go and parenting are all very difficult.

Special Keywords: S6 - V5 - P10 - MPAAR

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