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Why Did I Get Married? [2007] [PG-13] - 5.3.4



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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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Several married couples meet once a year and go on vacation together to ask themselves the question, Why did I get married? In the process they remind themselves why they continue to love each other and stay together. But their most recent vacation is cut short by secrets about each of the relationships that are suddenly revealed. The new question then becomes, Why should I stay married? With Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott and Denise Boutte. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss over a table in a restaurant. A husband and wife kiss. A husband kisses his wife on the forehead (she is asleep in bed fully clothed).
 A husband wearing boxer shorts (he's bare-chested) walks into a bedroom where his wife lies on the bed wearing a short negligee (her bare legs and cleavage are shown); he climbs in bed and she climbs on him, kissing his neck, he pushes her away and tells her to stop, and she rolls over and reads while he goes to sleep.
 A husband and wife snuggle in bed (both are wearing night clothes), he kisses her neck and suggests that they work on "making their son," and she pushes him away and rolls over to go to sleep. A husband and wife snuggle and kiss in bed (they're clothed and the scene ends without showing any further activity).
 Several women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage, bare backs and shoulders throughout the movie.
 A married man sneaks into the room of a woman and closes the door (it is implied that they have sex).
 A woman looks at a man lustfully.
 A man argues that it is a man's right to have sex and that if a man cannot have sex with his wife, he has the right to have sex with someone else. A husband confesses to having an affair with another woman. A man talks about not having had sex with his wife in a month. A man asks another man if he is having sex with a woman other than his wife. A man talks about arguing with his wife and says that the "making up is insane." A man refers to a woman as "sexy." We hear that a woman had a tubal ligation.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman strikes a man on the head with a bottle, breaking the bottle while the man falls to the floor unconscious.
 A man lunges at a woman and grabs her around the throat (others pull him away).
 Two women argue and become physically threatening; then they start throwing food and they are held back.
 A husband is cruel to his wife in several scenes: he forces her to drive across the country while he flies with another woman, he insults her weight repeatedly, he laughs at her when she wears a negligee and he says he is not attracted to her. Two women yell at each other, and then a man yells at them both. A woman yells and is abusive to people around her (especially her husband) through most of the movie. A woman cries and grieves over the death of her son and she feels responsible. A man fears that his wife is going to poison him. A husband and wife argue in many scenes.
 We hear that a woman forgot to strap her son into his safety seat, and that she had an accident and the child was killed. We hear that a woman had a tubal ligation and did not tell her husband. We hear that a man has had his child tested to make sure that she was his own. A woman talks about "gutting" another woman "like a fish." A man talks about having burning when he urinates and asks a doctor for a shot. A man makes a remark about other men not being able to "handle their women." A flight attendant tells a woman that she has to leave a flight because of her size.

PROFANITY 4 - 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 27 sexual references, scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms (2 mild), 34 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (crazy, evil, fat, idiot, dumb, stupid, ghetto, dirty, tramp, trick), 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman appears to have a drinking problem and is more abusive to other people when she is drunk. A woman drinks from a flask, people drink alcohol in several scenes, such as wine with dinners, several men drink alcohol in a bar scene and they appear drunk, a woman guzzles two glasses of wine and several men drink champagne.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, communication in marriage, secrets, separation, divorce, infidelity, betrayal, cruelty, weight issues, paternity, death of a child, selfishness, hero syndrome, HIV, incivility, coping with pain, working through pain, beauty in nature, forgiveness, venereal disease, guilt, bitterness, relationships, blame, career vs. family, PMS, parenting, compromise, starting over, taking care of yourself, self-confidence, self-pity, self-doubt, debate vs. argument, control issues.

MESSAGE - Marriage is work and you have to be willing to make the effort together.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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