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Wimbledon [2004] [PG-13] - 5.2.5



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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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Lizzie (Kirsten Dunst) is an up-and-coming U.S. tennis star, while Peter (Paul Bettany) has dropped from his lofty ranking of 11th, down to 119th, near the bottom of the world tennis ranks. Falling in love and lust with Lizzie, Peter's newfound amorous success seems to improve his game and he soon finds himself getting close to winning the men's title at Wimbledon. Also with Sam Neill, Jon Favreau, Eleanor Bron and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Directed by Richard Loncraine. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man enters a house and hears sounds of sexual activity, and he discovers another man watching a pornographic video (which we do not see) while riding his exercise bike. A man enters a hotel room assuming it is vacant, but discovers a woman, who is seen behind a glass shower door -- the middle is obscured, but her silhouette is still easily seen; upon seeing the man, she exits the shower presumably nude (we see her from the shoulders up) and calmly greets him. A woman at a tennis match, challenges a man to hit a target with a tennis ball, promising that if he does, she will sleep with him. Angry at a sports official, a woman holds a tennis racket near her crotch in a way that mimics a penis. Upon seeing a young male tennis opponent, a man questions if he should be exploring masturbation. A man is seen bare-chested while he gets dressed, and he zips up his pants. A woman asks a man how he feels about "fooling around" before a match; she feels it can help her game -- it is implied that they have had sex when they are seen later. In another pre-sexual moment, a couple encourages each other to "keep it fun and relaxed"; again, sex is implied, but not seen. A man playing tennis is exhausted after a night of passion. Men are seen in a sauna: they are bare-chested and wearing towels around their waists. A man makes a comment about another man liking men in leather shorts. A man uses a crude word to ask another man if he is having sex with the woman who is with him. A man and a woman kiss, and a woman kisses a man while he's driving, causing him to swerve in and out of traffic. After discovering another couple in his apartment, a man tells another man that he "might want to change the sheets." A couple kisses passionately and are trying to remove each others' clothes as they enter an apartment, but then discover another couple inside who are doing similar things. A man and woman are seen in bed, previous sexual activity is implied, and they kiss. Two male/female couples are seen in an apartment wearing only underwear while watching television. A woman uses a crude term to ask a man if he needs to have sex with her. Three men are seen asleep on top of a bed; all are fully clothed and appear to have fallen asleep while watching television and no sexual activity is implied. A man enters a house and hears sounds of sexual activity; he discovers a couple that is still fully clothed. A man tells a woman she was seen "snogging" in a parking lot (British expression meaning cuddling and kissing).

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - After a man makes derogatory remarks toward another man, and asks (using a crude term) if he's sleeping with his wife; the other man punches him. A tennis player has a temper tantrum after losing a match, swinging his tennis racket and yelling, and he breaks a water bottle. Trying to avoid paparazzi, a man speeds away in a car with a woman who begins kissing him, causing him to drive dangerously. A man injures his ankle during a tennis match. A man injures his back during a tennis match.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 18 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms (two in British slang), 13 mild obscenities (including 2 British ones), 1 religious profanity, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sex vs. love, sportsmanship, cost of winning, parental relationships, romance between elderly people, national pride, tennis, Wimbledon, intrusion of media, media's interpretation of events.

MESSAGE - A sexual relationship can increase your confidence, but loving someone can result in having to sacrifice.

Special Keywords: S5 - V2 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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