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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

A thief (Martin Lawrence) and the billionaire (Danny DeVito) he tried to rob engage in a titanic tit-for-tat battle over a "good-luck" ring the billionaire steals from the thief. Also with John Leguizamo, Glenne Headly and William Fichtner. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man acts out sex by thrusting his hips and wiggling. There is a lot of sexual innuendo and references to sex (including homosexual sex): a man mistakenly thinks another man is propositioning him and is interested, a man shows interest in another man, a man plays a game with a woman in a bathtub and it is implied that he uses his hand to satisfy her, a man loads a gun and expresses his arousal. There's a really quick scene that shows a man and woman presumably having sex on an elevator with the woman moaning and calling the man's name. A man throws himself on a woman on a couch and kisses her; she shows interest for a moment and then throws him onto the floor. There is a scene showing a woman with really large breasts in a little, tiny top leaning over a man and massaging him. A man does a dance in his boxer shorts and tuxedo jacket and then jumps into bed with a woman. A man and woman are shown in bed presumably after having had sex; we see the woman's bare shoulders and they kiss a couple of times. There are a few other scenes showing couples kissing. A couple flirts in several scenes. A man looks at a Playboy in the bathroom while Miss September is in a tub full of bubbles (we see her bare shoulders and knees popping out through the bubbles). A woman is seen fresh out of a bathtub with bare soggy shoulders; she covers herself with a towel. A woman bends over and a man ogles her behind. A woman is seen in a halter dress exposing some cleavage, a woman is seen in a bathrobe and skimpy nightie and many women are seen in evening gowns with bare shoulders, backs and cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man shoots at a man several times. A man jumps out of the window of a moving car and lands hard on the street. Two men wrestle, one man pours wine on the other, one man jumps across dining tables and flips a security guard onto the ground. Two men wrestle on a boat and it runs into things and eventually begins sinking. A woman uses mace to spray several men pointing guns at her. A man threatens a burglar with a gun, a man is hit in the crotch by a tennis ball, and a man is hit in the face by a door. A woman slaps a man in the face twice. A large group of people in a tent stampede out when smoke fills the air and people yell fire. A man yells at other people a lot. A man pretends to beat himself up. A dog passes gas a few times.

PROFANITY 7 - One F-word, about 15 scatological terms (3 of which are seen in handwritten letters), one reference to urination, about 13 sexual terms, 19 anatomical references, 31 mild profanities, a lot of namecalling and 12 religious profanities. The following were used in a TV broadcast and were bleeped but were obvious nevertheless: 8 F-words, one scatological term, 3 anatomical terms and one mild profanity. This scene also includes a woman translating obscene terms in sign language, using all of the applicable obscene hand and body gestures. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stereotypes, stealing (burglarizing and robbing, as well as stealing as a business), bankruptcy, bribery, infidelity, proving one's love, mysticism (tarot cards, good luck baubles).

MESSAGE - Everybody's in on the game.

(Note: One character is portrayed, in a stereotypical and extreme manner, as being gay by the way he dresses, his gestures and his interests: he is particularly fond of Bichon Frise dogs and he is particularly interested in figure skating, for example. Other characters refer to him as being weird.)

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P7 - MPAAPG-13

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