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Thank You for Smoking [2006] [R] - 6.5.7



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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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Satire with Aaron Eckhart as a lobbyist for Big Tobacco, who makes his living convincing people that smoking is not really bad -- while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. Also with Robert Duvall, Katie Holmes, William H. Macy and Sam Elliott. Directed by Jason Reitman. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman have sex in three different places in his apartment: one time she sits on the arm of a sofa, another time she hangs from a pot and pan rack in the kitchen, and the third time she hangs from a clothing bar in a closet; they are almost fully clothed (he is shown in his boxers in one session) and we see him thrusting and they moan in all of the sessions.
 A woman wears an extremely low-cut top and bends over while offering a man whatever he wants (she is a flight attendant), and a woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wearing a man's shirt and tie climbs on top of a man who's lying in bed bare-chested: she kisses him and tells him that she wants to have sex with him while watching him on TV. We see a bare-chested man wearing boxer shorts, while lying unconscious across the lap of a statue. A man's clothes are removed and we see his bare chest and legs.
 We hear a song that plays with the opening credits, and that includes phrases like, "walking on lover's lane" and "a kiss and a squeeze." A man refers to his grandchild as the "flesh of my loins."

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man is tackled, shoved into a van, the van speeds away, the man is tied by the hands, his clothes are removed (we see his bare chest and legs), he is covered with nicotine patches and he begins to pass out.
 A man is shot in the arm (we see a hole open in his sleeve but he does not seem badly hurt).
 A man holds a gun on a man and threatens him. We hear a man on a telephone threatening to kill a man for all of the pain that he has caused. A man is stopped by security in a government building, for carrying a gun in his belt.
 A man with a club raises it toward a baby seal and brings it down, but we do not see the seal being struck. A nature TV show shows a killer whale eating seals on a beach.
 A man is shot in the back in a war movie. There is newsreel footage of the Kent State shootings.
 A man tells another man about explicit violent acts he will perform on his mother (in a joking manner). A man tells several people to bang their heads against their desks until something comes out. We hear that a man has died. A man talks about being, "In Korea shooting Chinese." Three people and the industries that they represent are referred to as the M.O.D. squad (merchants of death). A man talks about killing VC (Vietcong). We see skull and crossbones on cigarette packages in a few scenes.
 A man dreams of crawling through a smoke-filled room trying to exit before being overcome. A woman is knocked down by a blowing tree branch during a storm. We see two men in hospital beds with oxygen tubes in their noses, and one chews on a cigar.

PROFANITY 7 - 21 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 8 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at several dinners. We see a couple of smoke-filled rooms. We hear that if a man were not a smoker, he would have died from a nicotine overdose after being covered with nicotine patches. A man from the tobacco industry says he feels like a "Colombian drug dealer." A man in a hospital with oxygen tubes in his nose chews on a cigar.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cigarette smoking, dangers of smoking, spin, lobbyists, addiction, the tobacco industry, big business, moral presumption, moral flexibility, liberty, government, fetal alcohol syndrome, population control, cancer, second-hand smoke, debate, guilt, emphysema, nicotine, dependency issues, big business, vigilante justice, the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), Charles Manson, Oliver North, Fidel Castro, humiliation, dignity, personal choice, challenging authority, divorce, responsibility, kidnapping, loyalty, bribery, environmentalists.

MESSAGE - Some things that some people do to pay their mortgage are morally reprehensible.

(Note: There are a couple of scenes that depict African-Americans in subservient roles in the South.)

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