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Vacation [2015] [R] - 7.6.9



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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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In this sequel a new generation of Griswolds (Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) take a vacation to iconic Walley World and fall into a series of misadventures on the way. Also with Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth. Directed by John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - During the end credits a photo shows a man wearing clingy swim trunks with half of his penis extending out of one leg of the garment. A man wearing clingy underwear walks into his guest room and speaks to his clothed brother-in-law and sister-in-law; the man's penis is erect with the bulge visible in the underwear as he bends one knee and places his foot on a chair and on the bed so that the woman can see his erection, but she looks elsewhere (we see his bare chest and the outline of his buttocks as he walks out of the room); the brother-in-law says that the man was showing off his six-pack. A photo shows a man wearing clingy knit trunks in which his erect penis stretches the fabric several inches to the side. A husband and his wife plan to have sex on the Four Corners Monument at night and the husband makes a sexually suggestive remark as he slaps his wife on the behind twice; as the couple lies down on the four corners a nude man beside them shouts and we see an aerial view of a nude woman sitting on the nude man's crotch area with no movement (we see his bare chest along with her bare back and upper buttocks) while a long line of couples wearing underwear in the shadows tells the clothed couple to get in line (we see people in underwear with some groin bulges and the bras and panties of a few women that reveal navels, abdomens and cleavage).
 A series of photos show shirtless men wearing swim trunks or shorts that reveal bare chests and abdomens. A photo shows two potbelly pigs in mating position. A picture shows a one-year-old boy pinching a man's nipple as the man grimaces. Several photos show women and girls wearing bikinis or one-piece swimsuits. A photo features a male horse urinating, including its penis and a long stream of urine to the ground. Three men are seen wearing shorts that reveal bare chests and a woman wears a one-piece bathing suit with a shawl for a skirt that reveals cleavage. A few scenes include women wearing scoop neck or V-neck blouses that reveal some cleavage. One scene shows college women wearing short shorts and a few of them wear bikini tops with their shorts, revealing cleavage, navels and abdomens. A woman wears a one-piece swimsuit that reveals a little cleavage.
 A husband and his wife kiss passionately and he says, "I want to have all your babies" and the woman says she hit the jackpot with his sexiness; he replies, "Sweet slice of sexy momma." A woman kisses and throws her husband onto a bed, then rips open his snap front shirt and the action ends because another man walks into the room. A photo shows a teen boy kissing a teen girl lightly as he touches one of her knees with his hand. A teen girl reads the phrase, "I have a penis" on a teen boy's guitar aloud, embarrassing the boy and he asks if he can give her a rimjob; she objects with, "Whoa!" and looks disturbed until he asks for a kiss, she agrees, and he just kisses the air in front of her face. A husband and his wife kiss briefly in a rubber raft ride along a river. A husband and his wife kiss and he says, "I'm going to pound the [scatological term deleted] out of you but we see no sexual action. A husband and his wife sit in jump seats at the back of a plane and kiss briefly.
 A commercial pilot enters the passenger compartment during a flight and turbulence throws him toward a woman whose breasts he grabs and whose blouse he rips open (we see cleavage above her bra as the woman's husband tells the pilot to get away from his family).
 A teen boy smiles at a teen girl in a passing car on the highway, she smiles back and they meet again at a motel swimming pool where the boy's father pretends to be a stranger and asks the boy to remove his shirt and make a muscle with his arm; the girl whispers that the boy should call the police about the "pervert" and then leaves. A man flirts with his sister-in-law by wiping BBQ sauce from her mouth at dinner and licking his finger in front of the woman's husband and his own wife. A woman in a convertible waves and smiles at a man driving next to her and he smiles back.
 A father massages his teen son's shoulders and as another man approaches says that the boy is not too old to give his father a "rimjob"; the other man looks startled and walks away quickly. Visiting her alma mater with her family, a woman is embarrassed by sorority members showing a scrapbook of her when she was known as "Debbie Do Anything": photos of her show her wearing short shorts that reveal bare legs to the top of the thigh and one of the younger women says the older woman touched the dean's penis. A man and a woman rub the outlines of a painted penis and testicles on the side of a car, trying to remove the paint as their children watch and the woman says, "I can't get it off" as her husband says, "I got the shaft." A police officer make s a reference to Mitt Romney's penis.
 A pilot brags to two flight attendants wearing clingy knee-length dresses that Spanish women love pilots and when with them, he does not even have to take his clothes off (sex implied); the women stand close to him and smile. A man tells his son that a pedophile is a man who loves a boy very much and his wife tells him to stop talking about it. A young boy tells his father that he found a hole in a restaurant washroom stall's wall and the father says, "Looks like you found yourself a glory hole"; his wife says, "No!" and changes the subject. A teen boy and his father discuss the term " rimjob" and the father does not know what it means but says it is kissing with closed lips. A young boy has written, "I have a vagina" in Sharpie on his teen brother's guitar and their father marks out "vagina" and writes in "penis" as he explains to his sons that gender fluidity exists and some men are born with vaginas until his wife tells him to stop talking about it; the young boy says that his teenage brother has balls hanging out of his vagina (he does not; the young boy is bullying the teen). A man and a woman get out of their car at their in-laws home where they find that someone spray painted a large penis and testicles on the side of their car. A man makes a couple of remarks about faucets and there is a slight suggestion that faucet might mean "penis." A man tells another man that he likes to start the day by having sex and herding steer. A man's father-in-law states to other family members that the first man and his wife "sleep around on each other." A man asks his wife how many male sexual partners she has had and she answers 30; he says he has had only three and feels inadequate sexually because of this and that she is a "sexual character." A young boy using a CB radio tells a trucker that he heard all truckers are rapists and asks the trucker if he is a rapist (the trucker does not answer); a few days later, the boy meets the trucker, asks if he is a rapist, and the trucker stares at him and laughs but does not answer. A woman asks a trucker why he has a teddy bear attached to the front grill of the truck and he says, "To make the children comfortable"; she asks if he has children and he says, "No" (pedophilia is implied).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - At an amusement park, a man skips ahead of another man's family in line to a ride after the second family waited six hours; the second man slugs the first man hard in the nose, knocking him down and the first man says, "You're a dead man" as a fistfight ensues with the men punching and rolling on the ride platform while the wives, teens, and children enter the fray and we see women punch men and teen boys hard in the nose, with some punches in slow motion and we see spit flying (one large blob of white spit that a boy spits purposely hits a man in the face); one teen boy digs his fingers into a teen girl's arm in slow motion (no blood flows), one young boy wraps a plastic bag over the first man's head, choking him and the fight ends (no injuries are visible). A woman slams a car door on her husband's arm twice. He shouts in pain and holds his arm.
 A semi-truck tailgates a car and honks causing the male car driver to swerve and sideswipe another car, then flip about six times and suffer dents in all four doors, but the family inside is unharmed; the driver rushes off the road through some grass, levels a highway sign and two other vehicles crash into each other, then the car stops and the truck jackknifes and stops skidding just before it would have hit the car. A woman in a convertible drives in the wrong lane and another, blurred vehicle speeds into her head-on with a muffled smack; in another car's rearview mirror, we see a wide pillar of black smoke rising from the implied crash. A tour guide answers a cell phone call, argues and hangs up, then shouts angrily, tosses the phone into a white water river and screams several seconds into the distance; he takes a family of four on a raft excursion and falls face first into the river (we see his face under water briefly) then gets back into the raft and aims the raft into a series of rapids and the family screams in slow motion before jumping out of the raft and the tour guide goes over a tall waterfall, hitting three rocks very hard and loudly as he goes down (in the end credits we see a photo of him with bloodied shins, arms and forehead, as he is climbing out of the water and a grizzly bear is roaring at him); while riding away in their car the wife of the family tells her husband that they almost died in that ride.
 Three male and one female police officers attempt to arrest dozens of couples ready to have sex at night at the Four Corners Monument (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); the couples run away, but the law officers draw handguns and shout at one another as two of the male officers are seen sucking the barrels of handguns and then all four officers put down their weapons and lie face down facing one another on the paved area in their own state corners.
 A man and his family sit on a roller coaster ride and scream as it descends, but the roller coaster becomes stuck upside down at the top of a loop; a boy says that his eyes are bulging, to which his father answers that they will have help soon (the coaster is stuck for several hours until nightfall) and the camera cuts to people who were on the ride as they sit covered in blankets at EMT vehicles on the ground (no injuries occurred).
 Heavy turbulence in a small plane shakes the passenger compartment severely as an elderly man pilots the vehicle; a flight attendant falls to the floor, but is unharmed and a man standing in an aisle is thrown across the laps of passengers and then the other way into a flight attendant's metal serving cart, toppling it and we hear glass tinkling as the cart overturns (the plane lands safely).
 A woman falls several times as she attempts to run through a raised, padded obstacle course; she is hit in the head with a padded barrel that is suspended from a cord, she is punched in the head and off the course into the grass by a mechanical arm with a heavily padded cube on the end of it (she is not injured).
 A pre-teen boy bullies his teenage brother, interrupting his conversations, telling him to shut up, calling him obscene names, loudly calling out that the teen has a vagina, wrapping plastic bags tight over the teen's head to gag him, and in one scene hitting him in the head repeatedly with small stones. A male pilot belittles another pilot and blocks him from boarding an employee shuttle to the parking lot. A pre-teen boy does a judo hip throw to his teenage brother and he lands in some grass. A teen boy pushes his younger brother down lightly four times, pats his forehead repeatedly, pinches his cheeks, ruffles his hair, taps him on the face with both hands several times and laughs. At a dinner with another family, a man punches his teen son in the arms lightly, hugs him, and picks up a carving knife and pretends to stab him, laughing while the other father stares, surprised.
 A man runs into a steer in a field at high speed as he rides an off-road vehicle and the camera cuts to the man standing on a patio, bloody from head to feet, with chunks of steer meat hanging from his shirt and lying around his feet as another man hoses him off and we see a steer walk onto the patio, eat a mouthful of the raw meat, and lick up some blood. A man feeds a steer a long rib of BBQ beef and another man whispers to his teen son that this is cannibalism.
 A family runs out of gasoline in the desert and exits their car; the dad restarts the car, which then explodes into smoke, flames and cinders as he argues with his family and hurts his foot twice, shouting when he kicks tumbleweeds that hide a large rock and a fire hydrant; a semi-truck chases the car driver as he runs through the desert, but stops, doing no harm to the man. A man and his family find that one of their car windows has been broken and their possessions stolen.
 A husband and his wife argue about her losing her wedding ring when she loses weight and her fingers become thinner. We hear that a man overcame lupus and that a college drinking party (please see the Substance Use category for more details) is for charity donation for Asperger's Syndrome.
 A family stays in a filthy motel room with dirty walls and smudged doors and the parents find the shower stall bloodstained and rust stained; the bottom and sides of the tub are black and the wife asks if mushrooms are growing (no answer), and then says that the husband has a large ball of pubic hair, which he drops as he shouts in disgust. A man has a rat on his shoulder and when another man asks him about it the first man shrieks and tries to brush it off as he runs away.
 A photo shows a man vomiting yellow material across the shot as he rides on a roller coaster and the man next to him is grimacing and appears to be shouting. A woman on a college campus chugs a pitcher of beer and vomits immediately (please see the Substance Use category for more details), spraying amber liquid onto a padded obstacle course; she vomits twice more on the padded obstacles, then falls to the ground face down and vomits a large circle of white fluid that we see from an aerial view. Parents, a teen boy and a younger boy wade into a raw, steaming sewage dump and spread feces over their bodies and faces; the younger boy picks out a hypodermic syringe and lobs it at his brother as a dart, but it does not stick as the brother shouts and picks up slimy thin plastic sheeting from the murky water; the family reads a warning sign posted at the dump and exits the place quickly, squealing in distaste. A wife and her husband ride in the small jump seats at the back of an airplane passenger compartment, located beside the washroom where we hear a toilet flush once. In a car, a young boy makes sounds with his lips that sound like flatulence.

PROFANITY 9 - About 48 F-words and its derivatives, 9 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 25 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, dingus, clown, dork, weasel, loser, lunatic), exclamations (shut-up, shut your mouth), 1 religious profanity (GD), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Holy Cow, Holy Moly, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted], Oh Jeez). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Three large family dinners show a wine bottle and glasses of wine on the table for adults (no one is shown drinking), a woman on a college campus chugs a pitcher of beer and becomes ill, we hear that a woman drank a lot in college and invented a beer chugging contest for charity, college students drink cups of beer drawn from kegs and one college woman passes out falling to the ground, male college students pour beer over another male student's head, and a man says that he used to drink bourbon and cry with a famous male movie star. A husband tells his wife and two sons that he rented a car with six ashtrays so he hopes they like smoking (no one smokes), and we see a picture of a woman in college and she has a cigarette hanging out of her mouth (it is unclear whether it is a regular cigarette or a marijuana cigarette).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family traditions, vacations, confronting bullies, relationships, love, fidelity, marriage, hermaphrodites, sexual slang.

MESSAGE - Maintaining family traditions can be harrowing.

Special Keywords: S7 - V6 - P9 - MPAAR

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