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All About Steve | 2009 | PG-13 | - 5.4.4

A crossword organizer and single woman (Sandra Bullock) meets a cameraman (Bradley Cooper) who is also single and becomes infatuated with him. Having little else to occupy herself with, she becomes obsessed with finding signs that she believes point to the inevitability of their being together as a couple. However, he thinks she is stalking him and concludes that she must be insane. Also with Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong, D.J. Qualls, Howard Hesseman, Keith David, Beth Grant and Katy Mixon. Directed by Phil Traill. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman kisses a man in a car, she climbs on his lap, the seat reclines, she begins unbuttoning his shirt, they continue kissing, they roll around the back of the car undressing each other (we see him bare-chested and she wears a bra and a mini skirt), she straddles him, she puts the man's hands on her breasts and they are interrupted by a phone call (nothing else happens).
 We see a small picture of a reclined, nude man in a woman's bedroom (his arm covers his genitals). A woman lies in a bathtub covered with water and bubbles (we see bare shoulders, knees and thighs). A woman runs through the house wrapped in a bath towel, she straddled a stair railing and begins to slide down (we hear squeaking and she grimaces). A man is bare-chested while treating a bruised shoulder. A woman wears a sweater unbuttoned to reveal cleavage and her bra and a short skirt that shows bare leg to the thigh. Women wear low-cut tops in several scenes that reveal deep cleavage.
 We see the feet of several men in a public toilet with pants around their ankles, and one man's foot reaches over toward another man's foot and touches it. A man smacks a woman on the clothed buttock a couple of times. A woman runs toward a man, jumps toward him and hugs him.
 Elementary aged children mock a woman who lives at home, is not married and does not have a boyfriend. A woman, using euphemisms, reminds a man that he caressed her breasts. A woman says, "He's so not gay." People talk about a town being "gay friendly." A man asks another man if a woman he had a blind date with is attractive. A woman talks to a man about intimate relationships. A woman tells a stranger that she could use some sex. A man tells a woman to rest her lips for "all kinds of naughtiness" with another man. A woman talks about having been fixed up with a blind date whose parents must think he is gay and she will be testing his sexuality. A woman thanks a truck driver for not raping her. A woman accepts a ride from a truck driver after quizzing him about whether he kills animals or rapes and dismembers people. A woman talks about having been born with a vestigial penis and rubs her crotch against a man's leg to show him that she has some scaring remaining after having it removed. A man tells another man that while wearing a wig he looks like a retired porn star.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A large group of school-aged children falls into a hole that opens under them in a field (we see them fall into the hole and a plume of dust comes up); the children are rescued and we see some with dirt smudges and other with a few scratches.
 A man punches another man in the face (we see his bloody lip later). A man jumps into a hole in the ground. A woman falls in a hole in the ground and lands in water at the bottom (we see her OK but with a bit of blood on her knee). A man is struck in the nose by a news camera (we see his bloody nose later). A man is pulled off a platform and lands hard on his back (he moans and we see a large bruise on his shoulder later).
 Three people in a car stop as a tornado approaches them, they run to a storm drain to take cover and watch as their car is lifted off the ground and thrown (they are not injured). A piece of heavy equipment tips over when tremors cause the ground under it to shift. A news reporter thinks that he hears a gunshot during a hostage situation, and when he turns around he sees a horse lying on the ground and says the horse is dead (it is not).
 A news reporter stands in severe storm to report on it (wind and rain blow and pummel him). A man panics when he thinks that a woman is holding a machete and that she is going to carve his eyes out or cut off his feet. A woman is startled when she finds a small child trapped in a mineshaft.
 We hear news reports about a baby who was born with three legs and her parents argue about whether or not to remove the extra leg. We hear news reports of a hurricane approaching a coastal town. A reporter asks a man if he thinks his daughter tried to commit suicide. A man tells a woman that he doesn't want her to be with him and tells her to leave. A woman thanks a truck driver for not raping her. A woman accepts a ride from a truck driver after quizzing him about whether he kills animals or rapes and dismembers people. A woman makes a joke about having to choose between brain cancer and a lobotomy. A man talks about being reassigned to filming "kid's snotcicles." A man says that poisoning is the #1 murder method. People talk about the possibility of people in a mineshaft dying from carbon monoxide poisoning.
 A cicada smacks onto a woman's cheek (it is dead). A man eats chips from a bag and another man conjectures about whether a woman poisoned them. A man burps loudly.

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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 obscene hand gesture, 10 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy person, stalker, sick, cuckoo, loony, Einstein), 7 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man at a rest stop diner drinks a beer and two men hold beverages that could be alcoholic but it is never made clear.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, crosswords, obsession, stalking, cancer, life, guilt, homosexuality, the hearing impaired, dreaming, blind dates, being normal, hostage crisis, intelligence, fear of relationships, heroism, competition, media, perseverance, a woman says that she is Jewish-Catholic.
MESSAGE - Being different is OK.
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