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Why Is America’s Sweethearts Rated PG-13?
After the messy marital separation of two movie celebrities, their publicist anxiously tries to get them back together to promote the last film they starred in together. While nether of them are excited about the prospect, both try to put on a brave public face, but the truth keeps showing through, as does numerous profanities and abundant sexual content.
All depictions are played for comedy: Angry man smashes telephone, character mutters threats in response to Larry King’s public harassment, character drives motorcycle through large window and the shattered glass falls on people, on several occasions a female character discusses her fear that a male character is trying to kill her, large dog growls at window washer and knocks him off of a ladder, dog presumably bites man although it is not shown, dog growls at another man on at least two occasions, talk of suicide as a reaction to infidelity and as a means of increasing publicity and marketability of a film, on several occasions a man yells and throws things in anger, distraught character drops tray, in a depicted fantasy a man with a gun shoots a woman several times, brawl erupts between two male characters involving throwing water, stuffing food into the opponent’s mouth, and using a serving tray to hit a man in the face, golf ball hits man’s head, man on roof gets knocked down, slides, and almost falls off.
Sexual Content: D+
Three scenes where a man and woman kiss, woman wearing a bra is shown, female character seductively touches a man’s face, woman eats dinner in a sensual manner, characters frequently kiss when greeting one another, unmarried man and married woman kiss then hug in a sexually suggestive manner, woman rubs man’s chest then puts her leg between the man’s clothed legs and caresses his rear end with her foot, couple exchange mild sexual banter and then sensually kiss, sexual joke arises from dog licking man’s clothed lap, man’s initial fear of dog changes to directing the dog where to lick (“a little to the left”), man peers through a fence to look at female character, man falls into cactus plant and gets cactus needles in his clothed groin area, man groaning while removing needles is mistaken for masturbating and several sexual jokes result, character claims that everyone masturbates, female character crawls into her sister’s bed and uses appropriate sibling affection to persuade her sister to run an errand for her, passionate kiss between married man and unmarried woman, joke made about three partner sex, woman shown in bubble bath filled tub which exposes her shoulders and leg while her sister massages her neck, unmarried couple presumably have sex although only a kiss is shown, woman complains that party goers are “getting drunk and starting to touch,” woman dressed in skimpy dance costume imitates lap dancing while a man fondles her rear end, lengthy discussion and jokes about penis size, married man and unmarried woman kiss, man confronting angry dog jokingly apologizes for not calling.
At least: 1 extreme, 26 moderate, and 8 mild profanities. Also 15 sexual slang terms, 1 sexual gesture, 2 rude phrases, 6 incidents of name calling, and 8 terms of Deity used as expletives.
Alcohol / Drug Use: C
Portrayal of smoking by background character, comment made about giving dog Prozac medication, character has many large containers of herb medications and opens one jar while commenting on the pills he is taking, character drinks herbal tea with sedative properties, alcohol consumption recommended for soothing nerves, jokes about using anti-depression or sedative drugs, 2 scenes depict characters social drinking in a bar, discouraged man drinks alcohol from a bottle.