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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

In this drama, a serious party girl (Sandra Bullock) is forced to face her addictions after a drunk-driving sentence lands her in rehab. Also with Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Diane Ladd, Elizabeth Perkins, Steve Buscemi, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Susan Krebs, Margo Martindale, Mike O'Malley, Joanne Pankow, Corinne Reilly, Reni Santoni, Azura Skye, Julie St. Claire, Alan Tudyk and Loudon Wainwright III. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Many instances of sexual innuendo and many kisses (in a couple of blurry scenes we see a scantily clad man and woman rolling around on a bed and kissing; in another scene during a play, a man and woman comically roll around on a bed and briefly kiss). An elevator door opens and we see a man and woman kissing inside (she's wearing only a shirt and her bare buttocks are fully visible); in another scene a door opens and we see a shirtless man zipping his pants and a woman wrapped in a sheet. A man tells others to look at his clothed crotch, which is bulging because he's wearing a mountain climber's harness; he also tells people he wants his foreskin back. We see a blurry bar scene in which a woman unbuttons a man's shirt and he dances briefly. A woman takes off her dress (we see it drop to the ground) and later is seen wearing a camisole and short-shorts. We see a man and woman's bare backs as they're lying in bed; also, we briefly see the side of a nude woman standing behind a semi-transparent glass door (the shot is quite blurry; only her breasts are vaguely visible).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - People try to revive an unconscious person lying on a floor next to a syringe; later, we see the sheet-covered body being wheeled away. A drunk driver nearly hits a few cars, runs over a fence and a statue, and eventually drives into the front of a house (the driver gets a bloody cut on her forehead). A woman falls from a high tree limb and injures her leg (we see her wearing a brace and using crutches throughout most of the movie). On a soap opera we see a man fall to the floor and convulse. In a flashback two girls try to rouse a drunken woman lying on the floor; she wakes up after one of the girls slaps her face. A woman playfully hits the back of a man's head, a man punches another (he falls to the ground and gets a bloody nose) and a woman slaps a man. A drunken woman and two children sledding down a hill nearly collide with a car. A man carrying a woman accidentally swings her injured leg into a wall (she groans in pain). A drunk couple hit and bump people while dancing wildly. A small fire starts in an apartment but is quickly extinguished. A man has a large abrasion on his face. We see a photograph of a diseased liver; we also see one in a jar. A woman leans over a toilet and we hear her vomiting. We see a self-inflicted bloody cut on a girl's leg.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word and two derivations, an obscene finger gesture, several anatomical and scatological references, several mild obscenities and a couple of insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Alcoholism, drug addiction, rehabilitation clinics, drunk driving, dysfunctional families, death of a loved one, believing in yourself.

MESSAGE - Drug and alcohol addiction exacerbates rather than erases your problems and pain. The only way to solve your problems is to acknowledge and confront them.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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