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The House [2017] [R] - 6.7.10



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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 middle class couple (Will Farrell and Amy Poehler) loses a scholarship and cannot afford their daughter's college education. Hence, they join a neighbor (Jason Mantzoukas) in his underground casino operation and money piles high, but so do problems with a nosy policeman, a corrupt city council and feuding neighbors. Also with Nick Kroll, Jeremy Renner, Ryan Simpkins, Allison Tolman and Michaela Watkins. Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman kiss wildly and passionately in a laundry room, stumbling around as the scene ends. A husband kisses his wife on the forehead for several seconds.
 A man moves two fingers in and out of a woman's curled fingers in close-up, implying sex. A man holds a woman's hand in an office and another man enters, asking if they are having an affair (she is married to someone else); the couple jokingly says yes and they will have sex when the other man leaves (he leaves and the couple closes the blinds and turns out the lights and sex implied).
 A woman wearing a low-cut floor, length dress reveals cleavage and skin through cut-outs at the back and sides with a slit to the hip; facing the camera, she sticks one bare leg out, bends her knees, lights a blowtorch, and does several pelvic thrusts. A large photo shows two pairs of women's legs up to the thigh, all in fishnet stocking and entwined. A computer graphic shows a teen girl wearing black leggings doing the splits, with her rear end bouncing up and down. A shirtless man parades around a fight ring and his stomach jiggles. Five golden nude female mannequins stand against a wall, facing the camera (they have no faces, details, and nipples, but breasts are clear). Two running women appear to be topless (we don't see anything). A woman wears short-shorts that show her fully bared legs to the top of the thighs. A teen girl wears legless shorts in one scene. Several women at a pool wear bikinis that show bare shoulders, cleavage, abdomens, partial buttocks, and fully bared thighs. Several men wear swim trunks with bare chests, shoulders, lower thighs and knees showing. A man runs down a staircase wearing only a Speedo. A man wearing a robe wears short-shorts underneath and we see his bare chest, thighs and lower legs. Students spray-paint male genitalia outline onto a high school football field.
 A teen girl tells two other teen girls that at college, "You have to be prepared to be date raped." A man says that he found a "glory hole" in his house with a penis hanging out of it. A man lies, telling a robber that his row of wall safes contains a pornography collection. A man says that he can stop looking at porn anytime he wants to (we do not see porn). A man asks another man if his sunglasses and cigarettes are women's brands. A woman refuses to leave town with her boyfriend and walks out of the scene with her husband.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is tied to a chair with one arm clamped into a vice while two men and a woman struggle over a hatchet and it accidentally drops on the restrained man's hand below the frame (we hear a scream and see a close-up of a fist with a missing finger and blood spraying all over the second man and the floor); one man tries to stick the finger back onto the fist, but fails and is seen completely covered with blood as he grabs the hatchet and stalks out into a casino, grunting as people back away. A man uses an axe to cut the hand off a gunman and blood shoots out the arm.
 A woman sets fire to a gunman's arm with a blowtorch and a man shoots beverage alcohol out of a Super Soaker water rifle to spread the flames over the man's body while another man rolls the victim in a large rug and the rug catches fire with tall flames, the entire house catches fire as men and women scream, running outside, and we see the house engulfed in flame and smoke, finally collapsing.
 A man and a woman pull another man from his house and beat him up on the sidewalk (no blood is seen). A man and a woman drag a salesman in a store by the feet behind a divider and beat him with fists (we see them, but not him) and we hear grunts. A man punches another man unconscious in a restaurant. Two men argue and with one man shouting, "We're gonna start a race war!" as a white man shouts, "Black power," and one of the men punches a male bystander (he shouts in pain) in the side. Two men fight in a ring and one man knocks out the other man with one punch; two arguing women enter the ring and fight with MMA moves, slamming each other into a glass wall that cracks, over the side to a floor, and finally head-butting each other and both falling unconscious as a crowd cheers (we do not see blood); one woman bites another woman in her spandex-covered thigh in the fight, and has a bloody forehead and lip. A man and a woman push a man's mouth under a yogurt dispenser and cover his face with frozen yogurt. A teen girl elbows a man in the groin and he doubles over. A woman elbows her husband in the side and he yelps. At a gambling table, a woman slaps the face of a man for luck. A police officer tosses his handgun to a man, who flinches and tosses it back.
 A police officer drives his cruiser erratically and hits two parked cars; steam rises as an elderly woman exits a car and chases a man off-screen, cursing. A driver speeds away after a couple from another car exit and show him a lit blowtorch and a fire axe.
 A teen girl and her parents break into city hall and a safe, stealing money that a man stole from them; the man, his face scraped and raw, finds and stops them, handcuffs the father to his own wrist, screams and cries, and then runs out of the building after the father takes a long fire axe off a wall and cuts the handcuff chain.
 A police officer finds a bloody axe stuck in a tree trunk. A man hallucinates that he sees a finger in a bin of gummy bears and sees his butcher chop all the fingers off one hand, without blood, and the man runs away screaming.
 Several angry people break down a house's front door and point guns at three people, demanding money and they grab a teen girl as hostage when a man pushes a remote control and several leaf blowers shoot hundred dollar bills into the faces of the invaders. A man and a woman meet three teen girls inside a house and all the people scream loudly; one of the girls falls down some stairs and later, the man pushes her over a table, but we see no injury. A man falls over a stack of plastic bins and we hear a thud off-screen (no injury seen). A man touches a large junction box, shakes and pretends to be electrocuted, then laughs at friends who were horrified. Many zombies on TV climb onto a car, and several zombies lie under a spinning front wheel, being ground to mush as blood sprays everywhere. A woman on TV fires a handgun to a point off-screen.
 A man sees a finger being chopped off another man and gags several times, but does not vomit. A man is stabbed in the side, but we see no injury or blood (he lies on the floor, gagging, but does not vomit). A woman in a store opens a plastic storage bin in a display and sticks her head inside; we hear coughing and retching (we see no vomiting). A woman says that she will urinate in her front yard, pulls down her short-shorts (we do not see the genital area) and a man says that she is urinating a lot, but we neither hear nor see it. A man spits out his food to the floor, laughing loudly.
 A woman with black eyes and large red cuts on her face threatens to beat up a man, who cancels the meeting. Men and women argue in a town meeting. A man says, "I'm gonna take a hate [scatological term deleted] crap in the city pool." A "poop" emoji floats behind a man's head. A police officer says, "I'm gonna shoot him," then runs after a man and arrests him. A man is given the nickname "The Butcher." A woman gains the nickname "The Burner" after using a blowtorch to threaten a man. A woman says her father died of cancer. A woman implies that she will hang herself. A woman tells her husband, "I hope I don't die before you."
 A decoupage picture of a matador standing over a bull with a spear in its back, hangs on a wall.

PROFANITY 10 - About 64 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures (with a bloody stitched together finger), 7 sexual references, 32 scatological terms, 28 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, stupid, dumb, idiot, ridiculous, weird, weirdo, shifty, sketchy, bad man, nasty, soccer moms, big mouth, thief, fat, small-time, Paul Bunyan, Bobo, Cookie Monster, Roulette Rob, Black Jack Jimmy, Smoke-a-lot-of-pot Kate), exclamations (heck, shut-up), 3 religious profanities (GD), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Thank God, Jesus, For The Love Of God, Christ, A Christmas carol is sung). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman smokes a large marijuana cigarette in a casino as well as in a swimming pool and on the street and says that "Weed is like emotional armor," a man and a woman threatening a man who is tied to a chair say they are high (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a man shouts and talks fast and snorts cocaine from a horizontal portion of a wall sconce, cocaine sprays into the eyes of a man and he screams, a man shows people three huge oxygen tanks for an oxygen bar he says he will open, and two prescription medication bottles are seen on a kitchen counter (their labels are obscured). Men and women hold short mixed cocktails as well as short glasses of whiskey and red cups denoting alcohol or bottles of beer in a casino, two men drink from beer bottles and we see a few bottles of beer on gambling tables and on side tables as well as a kitchen counter and an office table, a man advises his college-aged daughter that if she drinks a six pack of beer she should also drink a six pack of water, we see short cocktails and bottles of beer around blackjack and poker tables and a dice table at a casino, a man drinks from a beer bottle, four men hold beer bottles and one of the men drinks from his bottle, a man pours a bottle of beer down another man's throat, a man sips whiskey at his desk, glasses of champagne are seen on tables and in the hands of men and women in a restaurant and one man drinks, we see a still shot of a woman curled up on a sidewalk with an empty whiskey bottle beside her, and men and women drink shots of alcohol in a basement casino and stagger home (drunk and slurring their words). A man smokes a cigarette in a casino.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - High college expenses, addictions, money problems, divorce, crime, creating a dangerous persona, injuries, police brutality, violence, collecting debts, embezzlement, adultery, fear, responsibility, sacrifice, family, friendship, loyalty, risk-taking, conflict, resolution.

MESSAGE - Some parents go to great lengths to provide a college education for their children.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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