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Small Time Crooks



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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: PG

In this comedy Woody Allen plays an unlucky thief whose wife (Tracey Ullman) accidentally strikes it rich with a cookie business fronting his latest failed scheme; she embraces their new wealthy lifestyle while he detests it. Also with Hugh Grant, Tony Darrow, Michael Rapaport, Elaine Stritch, George Grizzard, Jon Lovitz, Brian Markinson, Evelyn Iocolano and Elaine May. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A kiss. A man says that men salivate while looking at "a piece of tail" in a centerfold magazine. A man and woman briefly discuss (in non-graphic terms) her former days as a topless dancer. In the background of a scene at a museum, we see a classical painting of a nude female reclining. Several women wear cleavage-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - Played for laughs: a police officer threatens several men with a gun and a man threatens to hit his wife in a couple of scenes.

PROFANITY 3 - A few anatomical references and many mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Theft, owning a business, getting "cultured", high society, bickering spouses, separation, swindling money, deception.

MESSAGE - Wealth can be more of a burden than a pleasure. Culture and money aren't satisfactory substitutes for love and happiness.

Special Keywords: S1 - V1 - P3 - MPAAPG

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