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Step Brothers [2008] [R] - 9.5.9



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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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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as two grown men who form an unlikely team when their parents marry and they become stepbrothers. Suddenly the middle-aged slackers have to find jobs and move out of their parents' home. Also with Adam Scott, Mary Steenburgen, Kathryn Hahn, Andrea Savage, Richard Jenkins, Lurie Poston, Travis Flory, Rob Riggle, June Raphael and Jake Johnson. Directed by Adam McKay. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A woman walks into a public men's bathroom and has sex with a man who is already in there: she pulls down his pants and wraps her legs around him as he stands up, he talks about her vagina being slippery, she moves up and down on top of him and cries out when she climaxes; he climaxes as well and she washes herself in a urinal.
 A man and woman hug and kiss and get ready to have sex: we see them taking their clothes off, the woman wears a low-cut negligee, and they lie on top of each other kissing and moaning. A woman kisses a man, licking his face and lips and moans. A woman wears a skimpy dress in a fantasy and kisses a shirtless man. A man rips off a woman's clothes revealing her low-cut underwear.
 A man's testicles are shown (we see pubic hair; no penis is visible). A man is shown using the bathroom and not having any toilet paper so he uses a bath mat and washes his buttocks in the sink (we see the side of his hip and some pubic hair). Two men look at pornographic magazines (we see bare breasts and buttocks of women in provocative poses). Men hold up pornographic magazines and we see scantily dressed women on the cover. Women wear low-cut tops and blouses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A man is shown running while in briefs, and a man in shown walking around in his briefs. A poster of a woman in a skimpy bikini is shown hanging on a bedroom wall. A woman wears a low-cut blouse in a poster on the wall of a bedroom. We see a TV show with a woman wearing low-cut, tight clothing. A man pulls up his shirt and shows off his muscled stomach.
 A man turns on an exercise program showing a woman exercising and puts his hands in his pants (it is implied that he is going to masturbate).
 A man fantasizes about his stepmother seeing him naked and wanting to have sex with him and asks, what if she grabs him by his wiener. A woman tells a man she wants to "put him in her vagina and walk around with him." A woman spells out a sexual fantasy in her food and shows it to a man (we can clearly read what it says). A woman talks about masturbating while standing close to a man. A man talks about giving a woman his "seed." A man tries to flirt with his therapist. A man talks about how he and his dad want to have sex with another man's mother. A man talks about his penis tingling. A man talks about masturbation. A man threatens to eat another man's penis and confesses to eating a different man's penis but wasn't prosecuted. A man threatens to put his testicles in another man's mouth. A man threatens to put his testicles on another man's mother's face. Two men talk about whom they would have sex with if they were women. A man says he wants to put his face between a woman's breasts. Classmates harass a teen and they taunt him with a song stating that he has a "man-gina" (parents and other adults join in). A man talks about not wanting a job where he'd have to have sex with old ladies. Two men talk about a woman being "hot." Men make a music video called "Boats and Hoe's," and they rap words that make fun of women, people of Middle Eastern descent, and others, as well as talking about having sex while women in bikinis dance behind them. A man talks about seeing another man rub his testicles on an item. A man talks about lightning striking a penis. A man talks about his happy testicles (using a crude term) and says he's having a crotch party. A man talks about his "chest pubes" (as in pubic hair) and "ball fro."
 A man grabs his crotch. A man and woman kiss as a greeting.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Two men beat up a large group of bullies -- they are children, and some are little girls: there are kicks, punches, and the children fall to the ground unconscious or run away screaming.
 Two men fight and crash into items, breaking them: they fight all over the house and finally club each other with a bat and a golf club, knocking each other out (we see them bruised and hurt later). A man punches another man in the face, and he falls, hurts his arm and has a bloody nose. A man hits a man in the head with a shovel. A man hits a man in the head. A man tries to bury another man alive. A man tries to strangle another man.
 A group of children beat up two men, we hear the men screaming in pain and we see them bruised later from the attack. A man pushes a man off a ship and into the ocean (the man is shown unhurt later).
 A man is thrown down the stairs and he is relatively unhurt. Two men push and shove each other (neither is hurt). A violent movie is shown on TV where four people are being shot (we see blood). A father spanks his stepson.
 Furniture collapses on a man and he is largely unhurt except for a small bloody scratch. A man in a car almost runs into another car when he tries to strangle a man (both cars and passengers are unhurt). A man almost runs into a car when talking; no one is hurt.
 A man yells at his wife repeatedly and calls her names. A man talks about how he wants to punch another man in the face. A man threatens to stab another man in the testicles. A man threatens to beat up another man. A child threatens to beat up two men, repeatedly. A man uses slang when talking to an African American couple (they are clearly offended). A man threatens to put his mother in a nursing home. A man yells "rape" when fighting with another man.
 A man wears a Nazi soldier costume and talks about the neighborhood being Aryan and another man wears a hooded Ku Klux Klan uniform.
 A man is forced to lick old dog excrement. A man is upset and vomits (we hear him retch). Two men are shown urinating in the same toilet at the same time (we see two streams of urine). A man flatulates and we hear the sound.
 Men kick and break boards and pumpkins while practicing karate. A man's boat is destroyed. A man is shown pretending to be dead (his face is discolored).

PROFANITY 9 - 47 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 27 sexual references, 27 scatological terms, 29 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 7 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (retard, hillbilly, skunk), 1 religious profanity, 13 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks heavily on several occasions and comes home drunk. A man wears a shirt that says, "I love crystal meth," a man talks about how he smoked pot and a man talks about smoking pot in the car.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, divorce, parental death, sibling rivalry, maturity, being oneself, growing up, masturbation, adultery, family relationships, dreams, sex, love, fantasy, therapy, retirement, parental responsibility, hidden talents, bullies, forgiveness, love, careers, sleepwalking.

MESSAGE - Families should learn to accept each other, faults and all.

Special Keywords: S9 - V5 - P9 - MPAAR

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