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The Comedian [2017] [R] - 4.4.10



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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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A man (Robert De Niro) trying to distance himself from a long time TV role hits the stand-up circuit, with mixed results. He finds that dealing with hecklers, bloggers, going viral and fatherhood are very difficult to manage. Also with Leslie Mann, Cloris Leachman, Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Billy Crystal, Patti LuPone, Hannibal Buress, Charles Grodin, Gilbert Gottfried, Brett Butler and Jimmie Walker. Directed by Taylor Hackford. [1:59]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a younger woman kiss on a sofa and sex is implied; we see the man in bed the next morning and he gets up wearing boxer shorts (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back). After falling to the floor pretending to be unconscious a man grabs the cleavage of two women who lean over him to check if he is OK.
 Two fully nude men are seen from the back in a prison shower (we see their bare backs and buttocks). Several women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage and shoulders in a club. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A young boy is shown dressed in a ballet tutu and a leotard and his mother says that he is expressing himself while his father becomes upset (on a TV show). Several women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage at a wedding reception. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a crop top that reveals her bare abdomen. Two women wear short-shorts and crop tops that reveal cleavage, abdomens and bare legs to the hips. A man is shown wearing swim trunks that reveal his bare chest and abdomen.
 A man makes a sexually suggestive remark to a younger woman, whom he has just met and she seems annoyed ("Once you make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything."). A woman tells a man, "I'm not going on a date with you. I'm not sleeping with you." A man asks another man what his expectations are for his adult daughter and the man replies with a sexually suggestive comment. A man makes a comment about a woman's tight-fitting dress. A man makes a sexually suggestive gesture with his mouth and hand. A man makes a joke about men making a donation of semen to a lesbian couple. A man makes a joke about masturbation accompanied by a sexual hand gesture. A man makes a joke about a woman's fiancé being at a strip club licking whipped cream off the dancers. A woman tells a joke about having to sit with your legs apart for half an hour in order to get someone to get a job done. A man makes a joke about a woman aging and a reference to her "eggs." A woman jokes about teen pregnancy and menstruation. A man jokes about incest. A man makes jokes about a same sex couple at their wedding. A man makes a joke about his mother being a lap dancer.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman coughs and appears to have trouble breathing before putting her head down on a table and we hear that she died from a heart attack. A man in an audience heckles a performing comedian; a woman with the man records the encounter as the performer comes off the stage and confronts the man, they struggle over the microphone and the man is struck in the face and falls to the floor (we see his bloody nose and face and we see him wearing a neck brace and with facial bruises later). An elderly man dances with a younger woman at a wedding reception, then falls to the floor and he seems unconscious (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). Two men struggle at a lectern and insult each other. A man lunges at another man and a third man holds him back. A man wearing only swim trunks and goggles lies down in a small boat and many crawfish are poured on and around him; the man yelps and complains of being clawed and when he gets up we see blood on his chest and abdomen. A woman drops a jar and cuts her finger on a shard of glass (we see blood).
 A man and a woman argue about her being pregnant and whether or not he is the father. A woman yells threats of violence at a man. A man yells while in a courtroom and he is arrested for contempt. A woman describes dislocating a man's jaw and breaking a woman's wrist. A woman describes her mother leaving her when she was young and never coming back. A man talks about his son dying from an overdose. A man says, "I'm gonna kill the whole family." A woman says that a man got pancreatic cancer.
 A man jokes about his father molesting his younger brother and feeling rejected because he didn't do the same to him. A man makes a joke about African-Americans aging. A man mocks a group of women at a club for a bachelorette party and he rants about marriage. A woman yells at a man over a telephone and slams the receiver down several times. A woman argues with her father on a sidewalk when he arrives in a limousine and offers her a ride to work and she says, "I'm not taking a limo to a soup kitchen. Two men argue and one asks the other to borrow money. A woman yells at a man in a few scenes. A man is upset about a show that he has to perform for a small crowd and he complains to his manager. A man talks to his manager about finding him work and he makes negative remarks about her efforts. A woman is upset about a show that she has performed in and she tells a man, "Shoot me." A man tells his adult daughter, "You got cheated on, you got arrested." A man jokes about stealing land from Native Americans. A man argues with a woman about a job. Many people in a room sing a song with lyrics that include "Making poopy," to the tune of "Making woopy." A young girl (elementary school aged) makes suggestive jokes using obscene language during a talent show performance and members of the audience seem shocked.

PROFANITY 10 - About 85 F-words and its derivatives, 3 obscene hand gestures, 24 sexual references, 2 sexual hand gestures, 35 scatological terms (many people in a room sing lyrics that include the word "poopy" many times), 35 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for lesbians, 1 derogatory term for gay men, 1 reference to a derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (bastard, selfish, fat, crazy, beast, nutcase, crazy, mean, carnival faced, schmuck, abortion of a town, jailbird, low-life, half-baked, idiots, bum, lesbian magician, chicken, letch, losers, Butch, JAP, freaky, kill joy, moron), exclamations (shut-up, oh my gosh), 7 religious profanities (GD), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. God Forbid, God, God Have [F-word deleted] Mercy, Oh My God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted], God Bless You). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man makes a joke about a town and crystal meth. People are shown drinking alcohol in several club scenes, three people drink alcoholic drinks at a restaurant, a man and a woman drink shots of bourbon at her apartment, a woman says that she needs a Martini, and men and women drink alcohol in a comedy club in a few scenes. A woman says that she wants to smoke.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Humor, family, assault, community service, contempt of court, immigration, pregnancy, marriage, fatherhood, loneliness, same sex marriage.

MESSAGE - People don't change.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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