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The Ugly Truth [2009] [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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Katherine Heigl plays a controlling morning TV show producer who agrees to participate in a set of relationship experiments authored by an insensitive TV host (Gerard Butler). He attempts to apply his own chauvinistic relationship theories to her relationships, but ends up with surprising results. Also with Bree Turner, Eric Winter, Nick Searcy, Jesse D. Goins, Cheryl Hines and Kevin Connolly. Directed by Robert Luketic. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man and a woman appear in a darkened bedroom under covers and we see thrusting and hear moaning; she shouts, he turns on the lights and asks if the orgasm was real (we see his and her bare shoulders and arms and her bra and slip straps).
 A woman receives a pair of black panties equipped with a vibrator in a gift bag at her door: the package shows a naked torso and thigh, black panties and a hand holding a glowing vibrator control with 4 settings; the woman puts on the panties under her dress (we see cleavage as she bends over), later at a restaurant with co-workers, she drops the vibrator and a 9-year-old boy finds it, the boy plays with the settings and the woman shudders, squirms, moans, sweats, stands up, yells "Oh God" and "Yes" twice, slaps the table with the palm of her hand, and the men at the table wipe sweat off their brows.
 A husband and his wife argue on the air about her emotional emasculation and his insensitivity; they argue about erections and flaccid penises, and the man suddenly kisses the woman passionately, throws her over his shoulder and carries her off screen (sex is implied).
 A man kisses a woman passionately, the woman's breasts begin to come out of her bodice, and she pushes them back in. A man shows an audience two women wrestling in bikinis (we see of the women's bare legs, thighs, buttocks, arms, shoulders and cleavage) in a child's pool of red Jell-O, and they pull him in, open his shirt, spread Jell-O on his chest, and he licks Jell-O from one woman's finger.
 At a baseball game a woman begins to slide a hotdog slowly into her mouth, her date spills beer into his lap while watching her, she attempts to clean up the beer and they are shown on the KissCam screen, where it looks like she is performing oral sex. On a TV show, a man says men are like Bonobos when it comes to sex, and shows a film of two chimpanzees mating (the male walks away from the female and we briefly see the animal's erect penis); the married co-anchors of the show are shown cuddling when the show is over. A woman climbs out her bedroom window into a tree to get her cat and sees a man next door getting out of the shower: the man wraps a towel around his waist and we see his chest, arms and shoulders, she slips, yells and he runs outside to find her hanging upside down from a branch with her underwear and bare legs showing; his towel drops and her face is at the same height as his genitals (we see his bare buttocks, lower back and upper thighs). A woman dreams that she is a naked weathergirl and we see her in a full frontal shot (her breast and genitals are covered with cartoon clouds).
 A woman steps close to a man, runs her fingers up and down his chest, laughs at him and the scene ends. A man and a woman climb into a hot air balloon basket and discuss relationships; as he talks, she rolls her eyes and mimics male masturbation, they begin to argue and when the balloon takes off they embrace and kiss. A man and a woman argue, laugh, and slap each other on the buttocks several times.
 A woman asks a man how long to wait before having sex with a date and he replies to stall in order to increase the man's desire and he tells her to masturbate regularly in order to get ready for sex with her date in the future. A man talks about having slept with over 137 women. A man tells a woman that another man has thought about all of her orifices 10 times and makes a crude remark about sexual intercourse. A man teaches a woman how to "hook a man" by helping her buy revealing clothing. A man tells a woman that a bra is saying, "Put these breasts in your mouth because they taste good." A man reports to a new job and tells his male boss, "I don't want to have sex with you at all" to which the man replies, "I'm relieved to hear that." A man meets a woman and when he realizes that she is his boss says, "I like a woman on top." A woman talks about men with their hands down their pants (implying masturbation). A man demonstrates oral sex by eating a marshmallow from the point of a sword and tells a woman that men like to see women putting penis-shaped foods into their mouths slowly. A woman says, "Uncle Mike went blind touching himself inappropriately," indicating masturbation. A man derides viewers of a TV show for asking about love and shouting that men only want sex; he uses long strings of sexual profanities and calls female callers "dogs" and "ugly," and he tells women to wear trashy lingerie to attract men for sex, because there is only lust and marriage is only status, social pressure and sex. A man tells a woman that relationships are only lust, seduction and manipulation. A man erases answering machine messages from women asking him to come to a party and have sex. A teenage boy asks for his uncle's help with dating and the man says, "Only be mean to 25-year-old girls because that makes them want you (sexually)." A man tells males in his audience to peel back the layers of a female partner to find her lady garden and fertilize her petunias, implying sex. Throughout the film, a man and a woman argue repeatedly about relationships and sexuality; they shout sexual profanities, use profane nicknames for body parts, and loudly discuss and make fun of sexual intercourse, male and female masturbation, celibacy, promiscuity, animal-mating rituals and twice they engage in a contest to see who can repeat a body-part nickname the most times. A husband and wife bicker about why they do not have sex anymore. A husband makes a comment about viewers being disappointed and his wife replies, "No, that would be my untouched vagina." A husband and wife argue about why they do not have sex anymore; he describes that an ailment is the cause and they continue to discuss their lack of sexual activity several more times. A woman mentions in a conversation with a man that a Canadian TV station has a naked weather girl.
 A woman is shown wearing a micro-mini skirt revealing most of her thighs and a tube-top style blouse that covers her ample bosom and reveals her midriff. A woman wears low cut tops that reveal cleavage. A woman wears deep cut dresses that reveal moderate cleavage. An overhead shot of a woman wearing a low-cut dress on a dance floor shows her cleavage. Several restaurant scenes show women in mid-thigh length skirts and low-cut blouses that reveal cleavage. A woman wears short shorts and a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman bends over to adjust her clothing and we see her cleavage and the outline of her bra. A man works on a TV set with two female mannequins dressed in bikinis and/or corsets (we see bare thighs, partial buttocks, cleavage, arms and shoulders).
 A woman tells her staff that a man was arrested for publicly urinating on a truck, implying that he exposed his penis in the process.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - An angry woman tells two people to get rid of a person by hounding him until he crumbles to ashes and then to have rats defecate and vomit on the ashes. A man and a woman argue and shout at each other constantly throughout the film. A woman shouts at her coworkers, subordinates and friends. A man shouts at his staff several times. A man shouts at callers that shout back in disagreement.
 A woman slips out of a tree and sprains a foot (we do not see any swelling, discoloration, or limping).
 A woman tells a coworker that caviar is disgusting because it is comprised of fish eggs. A woman tells a man that caviar is disgusting. A man says several times that doctors stick their fingers up men's butts and encounter defecation (he mentions the word "defecation" several times). A man says to a woman, "I have a list of scatological demands after the show. Talk dirty to me then."
 A woman spits out a mouthful of caviar in a close up shot.

PROFANITY 6 - About 10 F-words, 41 sexual references (including one pantomime of male masturbation), 17 scatological references, 51 anatomical references, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, uber-moron, slut, crack whore, man-whore, dumb bunny, psycho, neurotic, lesbian, schmuck, dog), 27 stereotypical comments about overweight weathermen, women over 40, handsome men, ugly women, married women, 25-year-old women and about all men in general being selfish, 3 religious profanities, 14 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man orders a scotch in a restaurant and around him are a few people take sips from their glasses, a TV cooking show chef drinks a whole bottle of wine, several restaurant scenes depict diners having cocktails, wine, champagne and beer, in a bar, many people drink form glasses of beer, cocktails and wine and one woman at the bar drinks a shot of liquor, in a hotel room, a man opens a bottle of champagne and it spills, he pours two glasses of wine and a woman with him drinks a glass, at a baseball game several people drink from cups of beer, a woman in a phone message to a man says, "Come to my party, you know what happens when I drink Tequila," a hot air balloon pilot offers a man and woman glasses of champagne, they decline, and he turns around and appears to drink a glass, and a woman is shown drinking a shot of liquor at a bar. The atmosphere in a bar scene is hazy, but no one is smoking. A man says he has a buzz from excitement of work, and a woman and a man each drink a can of supplemented energy drinks in separate scenes (one can features the large word REHAB).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, love, sex, sexual profanity, stereotypes, respect, honesty, disappointment, reconciliation, TV talk shows.

MESSAGE - Both men and women want love.

Special Keywords: S8 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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