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Tyler Perry's Temptation [2013] [PG-13] - 6.5.4



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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 marriage counselor (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) married her childhood sweetheart, now a pharmacist (Lance Gross), and after a few years becomes bored with her marriage and the work she does with a match making service. When she meets a new rich client, she forms a friendship with him that becomes an obsession with unexpected repercussions. Also with Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones and Brandy Norwood. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman face each other (she's on top of him) in a bubble bath with a thick cloud of steam among dozens of lit candles; we see the outline of the couple as she bounces up and down while having sex.
 A single man seduces a married woman by telling her that her husband takes her for granted, by sending her flowers and by taking her on trips; the married woman and the single man kiss after she initially tells him "no" and slaps his shoulders and the scene ends with sex implied as he says, "Now you can say you resisted" and they kiss passionately (we later see a blurry flashback of the woman and the man together, as they kiss several times).
 A married couple kisses while seated on the bed as the scene ends and sex is implied. A woman arrives at a man's apartment as he gets into his car; he gets out, gets into the back seat and pulls her in with him where they kiss passionately and sex is implied as the scene ends. A married couple lies in bed, clothed, and he caresses her hair; she says that she wants to go to sleep and turns away from him. A man attempts to kiss a woman, but she refuses, telling him that he is just pained by his wife seeing another man and he needs to deal with it rather than hide those feelings with sex.
 A wife asks her husband to attack her like an animal and have sex in the kitchen, but he says that would be weird and he wants to eat a sandwich and have sex in the bedroom (no sex occurs). A single man tells a married woman that life is boring unless a couple can have sex like animals in a variety of places, like in the shower, on the floor, in the kitchen, etc.; he asks her if she is turned on and she replies that she is not. A man asks a married woman to leave her husband for him; she replies "no" and that she can see high-heeled shoes in his bedroom and diamond earrings on the coffee table between them, left by one of his dates. A man demands twice that a married woman say to him, "I want you" and she reluctantly complies.
 A teen girl sneaks out of the house to see a teen boy and they talk under a tree in a long shot (we cannot hear them). A woman tells a potential investor that she is Christian and does not believe in sex before marriage; he asks her how she knows her husband is any good if she has nothing to compare him to and she refuses to discuss the question. A woman owner of a match making service jokingly asks a potential male investor if he is used to paying for girls and laughs, flirting; later, she tells her in-house counselor to be nice and a little flirty with clients and potential business partners, but to always be careful and not become too involved. A woman tells her husband that she needs to report to her mother that they are having sex three times a week as a wifely duty and he laughs. A female drug store owner says the new female clerk is a lesbian, but no one will expect any sexual relationship between herself and the clerk. A woman tells another woman that a sweater and shoes that she wears make her look like a lesbian and the new clerk is surprised, denying that she is a lesbian. A wife refers to a "little trick" she performs for her husband on birthdays.
 A woman works as a counselor in a matchmaking agency (we do not see any couples together). A man runs shirtless through a park wearing long running shorts (his bare chest, abdomen, back and shoulders are seen) and a female friend tells him that he does this to attract all the pretty girls and he replies that he thinks it attracts her, but she does not react.
 Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage, with skirts that are knee length in a few scenes. A woman wears a high-necked dress that is slit up one thigh from the knee to mid-thigh, revealing some of her leg as she walks. A few scenes feature a woman wearing a tight knit dress that accentuates her large bosom and buttocks. In a party scene, several women wear short skirts that reveal most of their bare legs to the thigh and low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a tight sequined blouse that reveals deep cleavage, with a mini-skirt baring her legs to the upper thigh. Five scenes feature men shirtless. In a few scenes, a woman wears very tight jeans and jackets that accentuate her buttocks.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A husband goes to a house where a party is taking place, he breaks down the door, carries out his wife (who has been severely beaten and with a blood-covered face) and re-enters the house; he awakens the owner, pushes him through heavy glass paneling, shattering it and beats the man until a woman stops him and the scene ends (we see that the man left on the floor has a little blood by his nostrils and upper lip).
 A man and a woman struggle over a photo album and graduation certificate and the woman falls to the floor, crying as other women help her; a woman argues with the man about the incident, they both shout and he hits her in the face with the side of his hand, knocking her down and we later see her lying in a bathtub with her face bloody and she groans, appearing to have been badly beaten. A woman's mother comes to visit for a week and begins to argue with her daughter about her hair, makeup, clothing and career ambitions and slaps the daughter once in the face.
 After an argument with his wife, a husband gets into his pickup truck and slams the door shut so hard that the glass shatters, but no one is hurt. A couple in a marriage counseling office argues briefly and the man storms out as the woman cries and the scene ends. A couple married for six years argue over daily life, including forgetting birthdays, money and not permitting the wife to open a marriage counseling practice; arguments escalate over a period of weeks until the marriage breaks up. A husband charges into a drunken party and pulls his wife out where they argue and she breaks up with him.
 A woman working in a drug store rushes home at night, fastens three locks on the door and picks up a baseball bat; we hear that her ex-fiancé has been stalking her for years and that he overindulges in alcohol and recreational drugs (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and she reports to her boss that her ex tried to kill her.
 A married woman runs into a cyclist and falls while jogging and a male friend on the path attacks the male cyclist, shouting and grabbing his arm; the woman tells him to stop, the cyclist leaves and we see that the woman cannot walk without a limp (we see her recovered later). A woman walks with a noticeable limp across a street and into a drug store and when she leaves she limps slowly away from the camera and she needs to stop several times because of pain.
 A married woman goes to a man's apartment and cooks him dinner; he makes fun of her cooking and of her because she has not left her husband and she becomes angry, throws food at him, walks out of the apartment and he laughs.

PROFANITY 4 - 2 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (old man, fool, cheesy, stupid, weird, holy, sanctified, lesbian, clown, jerk, Satan, crazy), stereotypical references to men, women, playboys, boring husbands, stalkers, Black Baptists, counselors, business owners, dating services, senior citizens, lesbians, mothers, 1 religious profanity, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Several scenes show a man and a woman sniffing white powder and sniffing and wiping their nose frequently, several scenes feature a pharmacist preparing prescriptions and handing prescription drugs to customers, we see a pharmacy with a long wall full of medicine bottles, a pharmacy owner says that the staff should take a Valium to relax on two occasions (they never do), we hear that a man was raised in a crack house by his mother and that he lost his fiancée because he drank too much and used recreational drugs, and a woman with a limp (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) enters a drug store and accepts a bag of monthly medications for HIV from the pharmacist. A man and a woman snorting a drug also drink a variety of alcohol as they use the drug, a man and a woman on a private plane are served champagne and she declines while he takes a glass but does not drink it, a man and a woman in her apartment hold bottles of beer (we do not see them drink), and a woman who does not drink works with a client with whom she begins to drink in several settings and she is shown drinking wine with the client at dinner several times a week.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Professional ethics, domestic abuse, relationships, fidelity, stalking, HIV, money, power, responsibility, ambition, substance abuse, betrayal, consequences.

MESSAGE - Address boredom before it leads to substance abuse and violence.

Special Keywords: S6 - V5 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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