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The Switch [2010] [PG-13] - 6.3.4



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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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A successful 30-something woman (Jennifer Aniston) decides that the only thing missing from her life is a baby and asks her longtime male friend (Jason Bateman) to help her find a sperm donor. He is conflicted over the whole idea and jealous that she does not consider him as an adequate donor, so while drunk, he switches the specimen with his own. Seven years later, he meets the child and realizes what happened. Also with Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson and Juliette Lewis. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man unfastens his pants, looks at a magazine cover featuring the photo of a fully clothed woman, and it is implied that he masturbates. A man sees a woman on TV and grabs his crotch as if he is experiencing an erection.
 We see a fully nude man on stage during a performance and his bare chest, abdomen, legs, back and buttocks are clearly visible; later we see him from a distance and slightly blurred, with a shaded genital area (no details are discernable). Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a dress that reveals one bare shoulder. A woman wears a tight, short nightgown that reveals cleavage and erect nipples show through the fabric. A woman wears a Playboy bunny costume in a photograph (we see bare shoulders and cleavage). A man wears a T-shirt and boxer shorts in one scene. A boy is shown bare-chested and in jockey shorts when preparing for a bath. A boy is shown in jockey shorts and a pajama top in bed.
 A man tells another man that a woman "digs him" and that "it's on" (implying sex). A man is taken to a room and a woman says "it's happening" (we understand that he will masturbate to produce a sperm sample). A man talks about "masturbating to the internet." A man tells a woman, "You kissed me at that party" while they discuss their relationship. A woman talks about a doctor's exam, where the doctor described her cervical mucus as gorgeous. A man identifies himself as "the donor" and he is later referred to as "the seed guy." A man and a woman discuss the quality of the man's sperm. A man shows a woman a picture and she says, "Is that your scrotum?" A woman says "I've had orgasms that last longer." A woman says that her son thinks she's a lesbian. A woman tells a man to stop having sex with his food when he moans while chewing. A woman says that she and a man are going to move in together.
 A man and a woman kiss a few times. A man and a woman hug and he kisses her on the head. A man and a woman hug and he kisses her on the cheek.
 We see several sculptures and posters of voluptuous women (presumably fertility symbols) with large breasts and rounded abdomens. Sperm shaped confetti falls out of a greeting card and onto a man's shoes and the floor. A wall is decorated with numerous sperm shaped cut outs at a party.
 A woman dances suggestively at a party and invites a man to join her (he declines).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman slaps a man in the face after he confesses to having hi-jacked her pregnancy. A boy has a bloody lip and cheek after getting into a fight with a bully (we do not see the fight) and he describes what happened as "...he punched me then threw me in a puddle and hit me again."
 A boy is afraid when he climbs too high on a rock climbing wall and yells when he is taken down. A man locks a woman on a balcony and she pounds on the door and yells.
 A specimen cup is spilled into a sink and we see a drip of what we understand is sperm. We see a specimen cup in a bathroom that is presumably filled with sperm. A man urinates and we hear the trickle. We see a puddle of urine on the floor next to a sleeping puppy.
 A man vomits into a garbage can (we hear a retch and see him spit). A man removes lice from a boy's head using a fine-toothed comb and we see the bugs. A boy saves lice removed from his head in a small jar and suggests that they use them in their pancakes.
 We see a cartoon on TV that shows a character's head being cut off and blood sprays on another character; we see the severed head with blood at the neck.
 A boy seems very troubled in many scenes and makes references to nature being in crisis and that he suffers from a number of illnesses. A woman talks about "kill shelters" where animals are euthanized. We hear about a 3-legged dog that is about to be euthanized. A man on a street corner barks out repeated insults about people he sees around him. A man talks about having had three failed marriages. A man talks about having numerous failed relationships. A man talks about his father having left when he was young and that he never met his extended family.
 A man moans when he chews his food in a couple of scenes. A boy moans when he chews his food. A cooked duck is placed on a restaurant table (we see the head and the beak) and a boy talks about how the ducks are force-fed, that they suffer from organ failure and that they cannot walk.

PROFANITY 4 - 4 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (pig-face, idiot, gimpy, beady-eyed man boy, ), 14 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a marijuana cigarette at a party, a man takes a pill given to him by a woman with a glass of alcohol, and a man says that a woman has gone to buy Ecstasy and Viagra. People drink alcohol in a few party scenes, a man drinks excessively at a party and becomes very drunk, a man and woman drink wine at a dinner, and a woman drinks a glass of wine. A woman puts an unlit cigarette in her mouth and a man takes it out and throws it away.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - In vitro fertilization, friendship, love, jealousy, parenting, neuroses, relationships, hypochondria, betrayal, trust, bullies, being alone, infidelity, respect, courage, aging, sperm donation, divorce, mental illness, abandonment, lice, fertility, Tourette syndrome, fatherhood, self-absorption, randomness of life, pessimism, the "friend zone."

MESSAGE - Life is random but we shouldn't be afraid to make commitments to people we care about.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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