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Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins [2008] [PG-13] - 7.4.6



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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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Martin Lawrence stars as a TV show host, who reluctantly decides to go back home for his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Upon arrival he is quickly reminded why he left and stayed away for many years, and before the visit is over he finds himself having to choose between his family and his newfound high-profile, glamorous life. Also with Louis C.K., Nicole Ari Parker, James Earl Jones, Joy Bryant, Monique Imes, Affion Crockett, Liz Mikel, Damani Roberts, Brooke Lyons, Brandin Jenkins, Angie Fox, Margaret Avery, Michael Clarke Duncan, Mike Epps, Cedric The Entertainer. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man is shown lying in bed with his wrists tied to the headboard, he is sweaty and yelling, a woman straddles him and thrusts on top of him while yelling, and the man climaxes and the woman climbs off.
 Two dogs are shown having sex; a smaller dog is thrusting on top of a much larger dog and they both howl and bark.
 A bare-chested man wearing a towel around his waist enters a kitchen, a woman wearing a Native American costume (a bra top and short skirt that reveals cleavage and bare abdomen) follows, she slaps her buttock and she tells the man that it's "time to saddle up," and they go off together (sex is implied).
 A woman opens her robe in front of her fiancé to reveal that she has shaved his initials in her pubic hair (we see her bare hip).
 A man and a woman kiss passionately and go into a room where they find two dogs sleeping in a bed together; the dogs are pushed out of the room and it is implied that the man and the woman have sex.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately in a car and she makes a remark about wanting sex (they are interrupted).
 A man and a woman kiss. A husband and wife kiss in a few scenes. A man kisses a woman's hand in a couple of scenes.
 A woman wears tight-fitting pants and a short top while doing yoga and two men watch her with obvious interest. We see a woman standing in front of a man on TV, her bare back is visible and when she turns around we see diffused flesh tone below her shoulders suggesting that she is topless.
 A woman wears a tight-fitting, low-cut outfit that reveals cleavage and part of her bare abdomen. Many women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage throughout the movie.
 A man sneaks into a bathroom where a woman showers and begins to pull the curtain open; the woman sees him and berates him (she is his sister and he was hoping to find someone else).
 A woman flirts with and fawns over her cousin in several scenes. A woman makes kissing gestures to her fiancé in many scenes. A woman touches a man's hand and he looks at her with interest (he is engaged to someone else).
 Men and women dance together and caress each other, and one man presses his head into his partner's cleavage.
 A woman tells a man that he is making her "So hot." A man makes a crude remark about having sex with a woman's sister. A man makes a crude descriptive remark about two dogs having sex. A woman talks about wearing short skirts and a thong when she would visit prisoners and that she might give them pleasure by inadvertently exposing herself to them. A woman talks about trading a pair of her panties for peanut butter and then that she sold a pair of her panties for thousands of dollars. A man talks about having a contest, using an anatomical term. A woman looks down below a man's waist and makes a suggestive remark; the man looks at himself in a mirror and puts his hand over his crotch (he's wearing tight-fitting pants). A woman makes a remark about a man's tight pants revealing his endowment. A woman who's playing catcher in a softball game makes gestures with her fingers that could be construed as sexual.
 Middle school aged boys and girls dance at a school dance, and one girl pulls her partner close and puckers her lips for a kiss (they do not kiss).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man strikes his son on the buttocks with a belt (we see him raising the belt and we hear the crack and a whimper).
 A man and a woman fight: they exchange punches in the face, they wrestle on the ground, and the woman punches the man in the face repeatedly leaving him with a bloody mouth, nose and cheek.
 Two men fight: they wrestle on the floor, they slam each other into a wall, they fall onto a table breaking it, they spill food in a kitchen, and they break another table, flinging food off it.
 A man is insulting to another man's children and the man punches him in the head (we see him with a large bump on his forehead). A woman is struck in the head by a baseball (we see her later with a large bump on her forehead).
 Two men compete on an obstacle course: they run next to each other, they push other people out of the way (including children) and push each other, they swing from a rope attached to a tree, the limb breaks and they fall to the ground, one man falls while walking on a fallen tree trunk and strikes his groin, and people step on a man's fingers while he clings to a tree trunk.
 A man wraps his arm around another man's neck and squeezes, and the man struggles and tries to get loose.
 A man falls over a wall and lands on a young man and they both fall to the ground. A man is sprayed in the face by a skunk (the man screams and complains that it stings). A dog jumps on a man and knocks him to the floor. A small dog barks at a man and he falls to the ground afraid.
 A woman threatens another woman. A man makes a remark to another man, who then chases him (they run and yell).
 A boy is unable to climb over a wall and asks for help; a man starts to help him, and then leaves him. A man is frightened by a snake and runs away leaving his dog, presumably to be bitten (the dog is not harmed).
 A woman talks about having thrown hot grits on a man. A man makes insulting remarks about people being overweight. A man talks about having a contest, using an anatomical term. A woman threatens another woman and makes insulting remarks about her. A man asks another man if he has become a Muslim since he will not eat pork. A man makes jokes about another man wetting the bed when he was a boy.
 A man has welts on his face from mosquito bites. A man spills beet juice on his white suit. A woman sips a glass of tea and spits it out. A woman puts her foot on a kitchen table and files the rough skin while complaining about a dog that's in the kitchen as being unsanitary. A man flatulates loudly.

PROFANITY 6 - 1 F-word, 18 sexual references, 18 scatological terms, 38 anatomical terms, 49 mild obscenities, 9 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (fool, freak, sick, fat, nasty, bubblehead, smug, crazy, pathetic, slim jims, heifer, arrogant, fake, big headed), 1 religious profanity, 12 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks alcohol on an airplane, several women drink punch spiked with wine, people drink alcohol at a party, and people are shown drinking beer in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Celebrity, success, family, betting for a girl, arrogance, competition, rivalry, jealousy, super-stardom, veganism, disappointment, metrosexuals, Global Warming, single parenting, humiliation, southern hospitality, death of parents, strength, unconditional love, being overweight, winning, losing, winning at all cost, self preservation, looking out for number one.

MESSAGE - The true meaning of success is not how much money you have.

Special Keywords: S7 - V4 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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