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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
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MPAA Rating: R

In this black comedy, five friends' lives spiral out of control when they try to cover up a prostitute's accidental death during a bachelor party. With Jon Favreau, Cameron Diaz, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Leland Orser, Russell B. McKenzie, Joey Zimmerman, Tyler Cole Malinger and Kobe Tai. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Some sexual innuendo. A couple of kisses -- two men kiss briefly. A nude man and woman have intercourse standing up, moving from wall to wall with lots of thrusting, moaning and sex talk; her breasts and both of their bare backsides are visible. A topless woman dances suggestively on men's laps, putting her breasts and clothed crotch in their faces. A woman's bare backside is seen several times as she's lying on the floor (see Violence/Gore below).

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Several people are killed or injured with common household items: While having intercourse, a man accidentally pushes a nude woman's head into a towel hook; in several scenes we see the hook sticking out of her head and blood surrounding her as she lies face-down on the floor. A man is stabbed in the chest with a corkscrew and we hear him screaming and flailing around; we see his bloody corpse a few times. A man is hit in the face with a coat rack; we see his very bloody face, hands and clothes a few times. A man runs his car into another, smashing a man between them. Corpses are dismembered with a saw (we see some bloody flesh hanging from the blade afterwards) and we see bloody body parts wrapped in plastic. We see a very bloody room several times and in a few scenes we see some blood on people's faces, hands and clothes. Two cars collide head-on; a passenger flies through his car's and then the other car's windshield. A woman hits her head on a dashboard; in a later scene, she has black eyes and a bandaged nose. A man and woman crash through a glass door and a man jumps through a glass table and gets a few bloody cuts on his cheek and arms. A man and woman kick and punch each other; they also try to smother each other with pillows. A few men are tackled, two men scuffle, a man is choked, a man rolls down some stairs and a woman bites a man's crotch. In a rage, a man beats and destroys a sign with a hammer. We see a man in a hospital bed with a very bloody face and tubes running all over his body.

PROFANITY 10 - Nearly 120 F-words, lots of anatomical and scatological references and lots of mild obscenities and insults (some are spoken by kids). [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, bachelor parties, weddings, deception, drug use.

MESSAGE - People who do bad things get punished accordingly.

Special Keywords: S7 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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