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Top Five [2014] [R] - 9.3.10

 
 

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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
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A standup comedian (Chris Rock) attempts to become a dramatic film star, but his latest serious movie is panned by critics. He is also about to marry his fiancée (Gabrielle Union) in a televised mega media event and for additional publicity he agrees to an interview with a journalist from "The New Yorker" (Rosario Dawson). Also with Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Hayley Marie Norman, Rachel Feinstein and Dan Naturman. Directed by Chris Rock. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - In an extended sex sequence two prostitutes wearing low-cut dresses that reveal significant and large cleavage and tight, short skirts arrive at a man's hotel room: we see the two women (now wearing bras and skimpy panties) and the shirtless man on a bed where they have a pillow fight, ripping pillows, and the man is then shown nude on the floor in a corner with knees drawn up to the side (showing one buttock and we also see the bare buttocks of both women in close-ups) and the backs of the women's head thrust in-and-out at the groin of the man on the bed (oral sex implied), and there is a close-up of a woman's bare breasts on the bed with the other woman bent over her on all fours as the man is thrusting with his back to the camera; the man bends his face to the groin area of one woman, he rises up again and spits feathers, a male acquaintance of the man enters the room and begins to unbuckle his belt, pushing the first man aside, the camera cuts to the second man's bare chest in the frame as the oral sex sequence by the women to the first man repeats on the second man as he shouts "Yes!" and "Bitches!" and "I think I'm [sexual reference deleted]!" and the other man grimaces and says he is seeing a geyser (ejaculation implied); the camera pans to a close-up of the shouting man's stomach and we see him thrusting between a woman's buttocks (they do not look realistic) as she is apparently bent over on all fours with the rest of her body out of the frame (there is a glimpse of what might be his penis moving in and out of the buttocks) before the camera cuts to the first man asleep on one side of the bed, while the other is drenched in what appears to be semen; when the man does not give the women money, one screams "Rape!" and the camera cuts to the man in a jail cell to end the sequence.
 In a bedroom flashback sequence a nude couple has sex with a sheet covering them from the waist, down: we see the man thrusting many times (his bare back and her bare shoulders, arms and the side of her ribcage are shown), he asks her to put her finger up his rectum and she complies below the frame and he laughs and giggles. A woman puts a finger up a man's rectum below the frame as she kisses him in an airplane's washroom; she narrates the sequence to say that the man wanted the act all the time and we see the couple kiss passionately as they enter an apartment and she strips to a bra (some cleavage shows) and slip and finds him naked on the bed on all fours, wiggling his buttocks; she pours hot sauce on a tampon and jams it in his rectum, making him scream and convulse, with the string shown hanging out his rear. In a crowded club scene, we see a close-up as a man thrusts into a bent-over woman from behind (we see no flesh). In a rundown washroom, a man and a woman stand against a wall and kiss passionately, and then separate; they say they should stop and mention that they have their hands in each other's pants (below the frame) and then he walks out and she leaves later.
 In a strip club, a dozen dancers wear G-strings that cover only their genital area and narrow bikini tops that reveal most of their breasts as well as the rest of their bodies, buttocks and thighs are visible on writhing dancers in mid-length shots and four women wear no tops and expose breasts and nipples as they dance slowly around poles; the breasts of a women appear just above the shoulder of a man talking in the foreground, and then we see her turn slowly to reveal her buttocks. Women wearing short, tight knit dresses writhe as they dance to music in a club and shake their buttocks in close-ups. A close-up features a set of female buttocks covered with a gold bikini bottom that reads HAMMY as the woman walks away (the buttocks are wiggling and shaking).
 A woman wearing a bikini speaks in a little girl's voice to the camera, "I can't get pregnant; my [anatomical term deleted] is broken" (we see cleavage, abdomen, shoulders and upper thighs). Many women wear low-cut dresses or blouses that expose significant cleavage, with one dress cut to below the navel. Women wear dresses with hems to the top of the thigh or a little lower in some cases, exposing full bare legs to the thighs. While sitting in a salon chair a woman exposes full bare thighs and legs with the long tails of her blouse or thin robe pulled back. A woman wears a sleeveless, tight-fitting knit dress that reveals the outlines of her nipples. A woman wears a stretchy dress with many wide horizontal slash openings from the upper-thigh-placed hem to above the waist and it appears that she is not wearing underwear. A picture above the head of a man shows a nude figure of indeterminate gender on all fours, but we see bare shoulders, back, buttocks, ribcage (no breasts) and one upper thigh. A man in a club wears a sleeveless undershirt that reveals bare shoulders.
 A woman meets a man in a hotel lobby, where he is with another man, who is holding a room key and wearing the first man's shirt (a gift from the woman); the first man reluctantly implies that he is gay and she walks off into the street, telling a male friend that she always parades a string of losers through her home for her young daughter to see. A man approaches overweight women anytime he sees one and says," I love a big girl!" and "Take me your prisoner. Lock me away, put the key in your bra, and let me take it out with my teeth." A woman says she quit drugs and alcohol because she was tired of waking up with strange [anatomical term deleted] in her face (please see the Substance Use category for more details); she says that she has had sex with whites, Asians and two women. A man says that he looked through a cell phone to find naked pictures (we do not see any). A man says that he is so funny that when his mother's water broke, she laughed instead of shouting; another man says that everyone is funnier drunk.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man in a grocery store sees a large display of beer named after a character in one of his movies and trashes it, ending up in jail (please see the Substance Use category for more details), he throws beer bottles into the display and screams about the use of the logo and name of his character as a police car pulls up with sirens and flashing lights (the camera cuts to a jail cell where the man and his fiancée shout over a telephone). A man participates in several loud arguments with either of two women, his manager, his bodyguard, and family members.
 In a few scenes, we see a police officer place a man in the back of a cruiser that has its lights flashing; we see the man sitting in a jail cell briefly on two occasions, and one time with a small bandage on his forehead.
 In a flashback, a woman walks into a home and finds a shirtless man unconscious and face down on a floor, with a glass of liquor spilled beside him and the bottle on a coffee table; the woman walks out, stating that she will not be his audience (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A man at a party cuts off his court ordered ankle bracelet and offers to cut off another man's ankle bracelet and the second man refuses.
 A man portraying a police officer wearing a bear costume in a movie grabs two automatic rifles and runs to the middle of a street, shooting at criminals (we see no one injured); in another film, he and other cast members have blood across their white shirts as they run after someone while waving machetes (the camera pans off-screen and we hear the sound of something or someone being cut with a knife). In a movie scene, we see slaves jump onto the backs of French soldiers. We hear that a slave in Haiti beheaded a man.
 A taxi strikes a limousine in the rear and the occupants are jarred but no one is hurt. At a party, family and friends speak loudly, jokingly insult one another and shout.

PROFANITY 10 - About 84 F-words and its derivatives, 36 scatological terms, 18 anatomical terms, 16 sexual references, 17 mild obscenities, 27 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (crazy, insane, weird, loser, liar, drunk, creepy, fat, sick, hack, nasty, freak, jerks, security blanket, teen mom, naïve, alky, Hollywood, Lois Lane, Amy Winehouse, Miss Sterno, White Brad, Mr. Ankle Bracelet), stereotypical references to men, women, blacks, whites, the rich, the poor, people in the public housing projects, single mothers, homosexuals, Asians, Hispanics, Haitians, movie stars, rappers, fans, groupies, comics, strippers, gold diggers, addicts, alcoholics, exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh my God, God, My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a tray of marijuana leaves and a women rolls a joint and smokes, a man says that his cousin takes Benadryl because he's allergic to having a job, a man and a woman discuss past drug usage and mention many types (heroin, crank, crack, cocaine, weed, Meth, hand sanitizer, Sterno, alcohol), and a man says that while doing comedy he felt as if he took a pill and was in the Matrix. A man says that he stopped drinking when prostitutes falsely accused him of rape (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), a hostess hands a man a glass of champagne in a clothing store and he does not drink it, a man finds a pint of whiskey behind a radiator at home and tosses it into a trashcan, a man finds a small bottle of vodka in a gift bag from a party and gives it to a friend, a man stops at a grocery store and drinks a bottle of beer in one of the aisles causing him to stagger and giggle before taking five 6-packs to the check out (he sees a large display of beer named after a character in one of his movies and trashes it, ending up in jail; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a man and a woman who are recovering alcoholics/addicts browse through a liquor store handling bottles but not purchasing any of them, four scenes show either clubs or an apartment where men and women drink straight from multiple bottles of various liquors, liquor bottles are seen in groups on a coffee table and on small tables in a club (open and all half empty), men and women drink from cans and red soda-cups of beer in these scenes, glowing highballs in different colors are shown on tables and we see men drinking short glasses of whiskey, a woman drinks a short glass of pale amber liquor in a house, two women drink from small bottles of liquor in a hotel. A man smokes a cigarette on a sidewalk while a male friend holds a pint of whiskey, a man smokes a cigarillo in a car, and a storefront displays a large neon sign that says HOOKAH (water pipe for smoking).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, discrimination, acting, type casting, alcoholism, drug addiction, fame, money, poverty, single parents, relationships, honesty, biases in the press.

MESSAGE - Overcoming addictions requires consistent, honest work.

Special Keywords: S9 - V3 - P10 - MPAAR

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