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Trust the Man [2006] [R] - 8.3.6



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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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Drama about two affluent New York couples (Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and David Duchovny and Julianne Moore) that struggle with their identities, their marriages, their sex lives and with having children. Also with Eva Mendes and Scott Sowers. Directed by Bart Freundlich. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - We see a woman sitting in bed and hear slurping coming from under the sheets; a man comes out from under and remarks about her "taste."
 A married man goes into a hotel room with a woman (she's not his wife) and it is implied that they have sex: we see them showering together (he is bare-chested and we see her bare shoulders) and we see her kissing his shoulder.
 A man and a woman have sex (we hear moaning and see movement under sheets), and the man rolls over and the woman kisses him (we see his bare shoulders and chest).
 A husband and wife are in bed together, he is under the sheets and appears to be masturbating (we see movement) while she is describing in clinical terms what is happening on a pornographic video.
 A husband and wife kiss and she tells him to meet her in the bedroom -- it is suggested that they will have sex; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details -- and we see them in bed together, he kisses her, but they do not have sex. A man kisses a woman and tries to lure her into bed, he falls back onto the bed and pulls her, but she pulls away and they argue. A married woman kisses a man (he's not her husband), she tells him to "talk dirty" and tries to seduce him (it is not clear whether he succumbs). A wife kisses her husband's cheek while in bed, and he declines her invitation for sex.
 A woman kisses another woman and caresses her clothed breast. A younger man tries to kiss a married woman, and she kisses him (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A husband and wife kiss and she invites him to join her in the airplane bathroom (he walks toward the bathroom and the scene ends). A husband and wife kiss in several scenes. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. Several couples are shown kissing in the opening credits sequence. A younger man hugs a woman and appears infatuated with her. A man and a woman hug.
 A woman wears a low-cut halter-top that reveals deep cleavage, bare shoulders and her bare back. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes.
 During a "sex addicts" meeting people disclose atypical types of sexual addictions that they each have. A husband and wife in a marriage counseling session discuss their sex life: they discuss the number of times they have sex, the positions and the wife's feelings that the husband wants too much sex. A man describes pornographic websites that he is looking at as man/woman, and woman/horse sites. Two women discuss the sex they have with their significant others. A woman talks about having had sex with two men at the same time. A wife describes the size of another man's endowment to her husband. A woman tells her ex-boyfriend about the size of her new boyfriend's endowment.
 A wife suspects that her husband is having a sexual affair with another woman. A man and a woman meet and it is suggested that they might have had a sexual relationship at some earlier time in their lives.
 We see a photo of a woman in a bikini in several scenes (she is leaning forward, accentuating her cleavage). We see a man bare-chested on a theater stage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man runs toward a theater stage, two security guards try to stop him, and another man jumps on the guards, tackling one.
 A man yells at another man, the two men fight over a woman (with tugging back and forth on her), they shove each other, and one falls against a potted tree and knocks it over. A younger man tries to kiss a married woman, she kisses him, and then slaps him in the face.
 A husband and wife kiss and she tells him to meet her in the bedroom; she eats a very large piece of cake and chokes on it, he performs the Heimlich maneuver, she vomits (we hear gagging) and then breathes normally.
 A boy punches a man in the crotch (he falls to the floor and rolls around). Another boy punches the same man in the crotch later. A boy accidentally throws a wooden spoon striking a woman in the nose (we see her with black eyes later).
 A woman runs across a busy street swerving through traffic and a man follows (we hear screeching and horns honking, but no one is injured). A man falls out of bed.
 A boy sits on the toilet and talks to his father about needing to have a bowel movement and then announces its arrival. Several men urinate in urinals (we hear streams and flushes). A man flatulates.
 A woman chokes on water and spits it on a woman that's sitting across the table from her. A younger man hugs a woman and she spills her coffee. A man runs into another man and spills coffee on his shirt.
 A man yells at another man. A woman says of a man. "I could set him on fire and he'd thank me."

PROFANITY 6 - 8 F-words, 22 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (freak, twit, loser), 1 religious profanity, 13 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at a nightclub, people drink wine at a party, people drink wine in a restaurant, two women drink wine with lunch, and we see a glass of beer next to a man. A woman smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, marriage therapy, having children, death, obsession with death, sex, biological clock, human flaws, romance, avoidance, trust, sexual addiction, fetishes, population effects on natural resources, fate, normality, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - The ability to trust is helpful in relationships, and open communication is key to maintaining a good relationship.

Special Keywords: S8 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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