Soul Men [2008] [R] - 8.4.10

 
 

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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 estranged friends and musical group partners (Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac) are brought together for a tribute to the late lead singer in their group. One has dreams of making a comeback, while the other is just trying to forget the past. Also with Sharon Leal, Affion Crockett, P.J. Byrne, Jennifer Coolidge, Sean Hayes and Isaac Hayes. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man takes a Viagra pill while admiring a woman at a bar (who looks at him suggestively), they kiss as they walk into a hotel room, they begin removing their clothing, (we see her in a lace undergarment that reveals deep cleavage), and the man makes a remark about the amount of pubic hair she has; he lies back on a bed and we see his erection pushing on the fabric of his boxers, the woman removes her false teeth and it is implied that she performs oral sex on him.
 A man and a woman have sex: the woman thrusts while on top of the man, her top opens to reveal bare breasts, she continues to thrust violently and we see a vial of Viagra on his bedside table. A man masturbates in bed (we see rhythmic movement under the covers).
 We see quick, static flashes of men and women in orgies, where all members are nude (bare breasts, chests, abdomens and buttocks are evident, but no genitals), and a man is shown with his hand on a woman's bare breast.
 A woman wearing a towel asks a man if he wants more, they snuggle and kiss. A young woman wrapped in a blanket kisses an older man, who lifts the blanket to reveal her bare buttocks and caresses her. Two men sleep in bed together, and one man gets out of bed in a fit when he realizes that the other man has an erection (he took a Viagra tablet).
 We see several women wearing skimpy outfits (low-cut, short tops that reveal cleavage and very short bottoms that reveal bare abdomens and part of bare buttocks) washing cars suggestively and a man talks about "everything is done by hand" and come down and get a free "rim job." Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and their bare abdomen. We see a man wearing only underwear locked in the trunk of a car; when he gets out, his underwear reveals part of his bare buttocks. A man wears a low-cut stage costume that reveals his bare chest. A man wears an enlarged, bright red codpiece as part of a stage costume.
 A man talks about combining his and a woman's years of sexual experience. A man accuses another man of having an affair with his girlfriend and then marrying her. A man talks about another man's infidelities. We hear a song with lyrics about wanting to "make love." A man tries to proposition a woman at a bar (she walks away). A man talks about wanting to have sex.
 In several dance sequences, entertainers thrust their hips suggestively. A man has a rectal exam, we see the doctor putting gel on his rubber glove covered fingers, the man bends over the exam table and flinches when the doctor approaches him and he recoils when the doctor wants to shake his hand later. A man takes wadded up money out of his underwear and hands it to another man, who takes it reluctantly.
 A man scratches his crotch when he comes out of the bathroom. A man urinates on the side of a road (we see the stream).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man confronts another man about hitting a woman; one man holds a gun, the other man takes the gun away and strikes him on the head (we see a bloody gash on his face), takes him by the arm and twists it behind his back, pulls him by the hair, and later pulls his arm until it breaks (we hear a crunch).
 Several men with wrenches and tire irons walk toward a man and we later see the man with blood on his shirt (it is implied that he was beaten).
 A man points a gun at two men in a car, the driver speeds toward him, strikes him, and the man rolls onto the hood of the car then onto the ground moaning.
 A man punches a man in the face and he falls to the floor. A man punches another man in the face, then throws a flower pot at him, and they fight: one man is thrown over a sofa and lands on a table breaking it, they push each other into a TV breaking it, they tear down drapes and one man punches the other in the crotch (they both fall to the floor moaning). A man grabs a dead man around the throat and begins to shake him in anger. A man wraps a telephone cord around another man's neck and threatens him. A woman slaps a man hard in the face.
 A man with a gun shoots a telephone booth and then throws the gun in anger. A man with a gun threatens a police officer, forces him into a cell and locks him in. A man tosses a gun back and forth between his hands and accidentally shoots and the bullet strikes a car tire that's close to another man. A man accidentally fires a gun while driving a car, he swerves and loses control of the car, and he nearly crashes into a cement truck and other cars before regaining control. A man holds a gun in his hand and talks about needing it for protection.
 The button of a man's clothes shoots off and strikes another man in the eye (he yells). We see a woman with a bruise on her face (her boyfriend hit her but we do not see the encounter).
 Two men argue in many scenes. A man talks about being in "Klan country." We hear that a man died from a heart attack. A doctor tells a patient not to mix sleeping pills with alcohol "unless you want to kill yourself." A man thinks another man is dying.
 Two men hide in a piano-shaped coffin with a dead man in it. We see a man wearing only underwear locked in the trunk of a car. A man grimaces and moans from a kidney stone. We see a security video of a man robbing a bank (he holds a gun and wears a stocking over his head and face); he is arrested and taken away by police.
 Two boys pick their noses and a man watches with disgust. A man coughs while singing and complains of not being able to breathe.

PROFANITY 10 - 135 F-words and its derivatives, 5 bleeped F-words, 1 mouthed F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 11 sexual references, 54 scatological terms, 45 anatomical terms, 44 mild obscenities, 10 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for Middle Easterners, name-calling (filthy, retard, brat, trailer trash, alcoholic, dope-head, old, dirty ex-convict), 9 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man sells marijuana from his girlfriend's front porch. A man takes a Viagra pill while admiring a woman at a bar who looks at him suggestively, we see a vial of Viagra on a man's bedside table, a man takes a prescription medication for kidney stones, and a doctor tells a patient not to mix sleeping pills with alcohol "unless you want to kill yourself." People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in a few bar scenes, and people drink alcohol in several bar scenes. A woman smokes a cigarette. A man talks about another man's smoking, drinking and drug habit.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Betrayal, friendship, forgiveness, death of a friend, second chances, comebacks, infidelity, parenting, success.

MESSAGE - Success can come when you least expect it.

Special Keywords: S8 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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