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Waiting [2005] [R] - 8.4.10



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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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Ryan Reynolds stars as a twenty-something man waiting tables at a restaurant where each member of the wait staff appears to have emotional problems. They all seem to be stuck in a rut of doing something just because it is familiar as their lives are passing them by. Also with Justin Long, Anna Faris, David Koechner and Wendie Malick. Directed by Rob McKittrick. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man and a woman have sex in a stall in a public restroom: the man thrusts from behind the woman, they moan, and two young men open the stall door and snap their picture.
 A woman lifts her skirt and exposes her pubic region and we see it clearly as the camera moves in for a close up, and the woman wiggles her hips. A man flashes his testicles (we see them) and several other people groan when they see them. A young man flashes his genitalia at a room full of people (they all groan and yell; we don't see them), a man has his pants down and another man walks into the room and reacts to seeing the first man's genitalia (we see his bare legs to the thigh), a young man exposes himself to another man (we don't see anything), a young man flashes his genitals toward a man (we don't see anything), and a man pulls down his pants, arranges his genitalia and bends over waiting for someone to come into the room and see him (we don't see anything).
 A man puts a woman's hand in his pants, in a few scenes, and she talks about that being all he wants from her. A man and a young woman flirt while she strokes a brass bar suggestively. Two men stand at urinals in a public restroom and one looks at the other's genitalia with interest. A man describes various methods of surprising people and tricking them into looking at each other's genitalia and he uses raw chicken as a visual aid.
 Young men and young women dance together at a party and move sensually. Young women wear low-cut tops and short skirts that reveal cleavage and bare thighs in many scenes.
 A young man takes an underage young woman into a bedroom, they lie back on a bed, they kiss, and then he gets up and leaves the room. A young man and a younger woman (she's under 18) flirt in several scenes. A young woman flirts with two men and there are a couple of suggestive remarks made.
 A young man and a young woman wake up in bed together and they kiss.
 A young man makes reference to male penetration using his hand. A young man talks about wanting to have sex with a younger woman. A young man talks about "running the train" on a young woman. Two young men tease another young man about never "making his move" with women. A woman talks about the appearance of the male sex organ. A young man talks to his mother about having unprotected sex. A young man asks another young man how he feels about "full frontal male nudity" and describes a game where the men working in a restaurant try to expose themselves to each other.
 A young man pinches another young man's nipple, and a young man smacks another young man on the buttocks.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man tries to put a fire out in a storage room, and a young man pours gasoline on him and he presumably burns (the young man imagines the whole scene).
 A man spits a glob of mucous and saliva into gravy on a plate, another man puts a slice of bread in his pants, rubs it around and puts it on the plate, another man sprinkles dandruff on a steak on the plate, a man pulls out a pubic hair and places it on the plate, and we see a woman (not knowing what has happened in the kitchen) taking a bite from the plate. A man in a restaurant's kitchen drops a steak on the floor, picks it up and serves it to a customer.
 A man in a restaurant's kitchen points a knife toward a young man. A young man rants while holding an ice pick in his hand and another young man listens nervously.
 Several people are kicked in the buttocks after being tricked into looking at the genitalia of men or young men (it is part of a game). A man hits another man on the back with a towel. A young man pinches another young man's nipple.
 A crowd of people watches a man urinate in a public restroom (the man imagines the whole scene). Two men stand at urinals in a public restroom and we understand that they are urinating. A man belches loudly.
 A woman is extremely abusive and insulting to the people serving her in a restaurant. A young man yells at a man when he does not leave him a satisfactory tip. A woman appears to have anger management issues and yells uncontrollably and frequently. A woman screams at a man. A young man and a young woman argue and are very insulting toward each other.

PROFANITY 10 - 106 F-words and its derivatives, 3 obscene hand gestures, 40 sexual references, 45 scatological terms, 47 anatomical terms, 38 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 3 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Young men and young women (some under age) are shown drinking alcohol, and smoking marijuana and tobacco in many scenes; in several of these scenes there are people who are intoxicated. A woman drinks wine with dinner, people drink alcohol in a bar scene, and people drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in a restaurant. Two young men smoke marijuana in a restaurant's walk-in freezer, two young men inhale the gas from a whipped cream canister, and people smoke cigarettes in many scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Goals, slackers, changing your life, life choices, morality, masturbation, underage sex, homophobia, growing up, jealousy, responsibility, unprotected sex, the restaurant business, insecurity.

MESSAGE - Growing up can be hard to do.

Special Keywords: S8 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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