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The Baxter | 2005 | PG-13 | - 4.3.5

Elliot (Michael Showalter) is a mild-mannered accountant and an overall nice guy, who is content to live quietly and alone. One day a woman enters his life, they court for an acceptable period of time, they become engaged, and everything looks hopeful, until he finds a photo in her family album of an ex-boyfriend that she never mentioned and he becomes obsessed with the idea that he will be left at the altar for the ex-boyfriend. Also with Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Theroux and Peter Dinklage. Directed by Michael Showalter. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman talk about the time when they got naked to keep warm and the man begins to describe the sexual activity that followed, but is interrupted by the woman's fiancé.
 We see a man and a woman wearing pajamas and lying in bed together, the woman kisses the man on the cheek and they go to sleep. A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes. A man and a woman hug. Two men hug and one hits the other on the buttocks.
 A woman changes her clothes and we see her bare back while a man in the next room looks at her. A man performing interpretive dance on stage wears a skin tight outfit with cut outs that reveal a bare leg, bare back, bare shoulder and one side. A woman's wedding gown is off-the-shoulder and reveals bare shoulders and cleavage, another woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in a few scenes and a woman adjusts her underwear through her pants. A man wears bikini underwear and a tank top in a couple of scenes, and reveals part of his bare buttocks in one scene. A man wears a pair of women's pink, lace panties under his pants.
 A man looks at another man suggestively and mouths, "call me." There are several separate couples shown with one of the parties declaring their love for the other.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man breakdances and accidentally kicks another man in the face (the man has a bloody nose).
 A man drinks heavily, stands on an overpass, climbs onto the guard fence, contemplates jumping onto the traffic below and says, "I just want to die."
 A woman yells at a man, she flops onto a bed where another woman is hiding under the covers, and throws a suitcase onto the bed (hitting the woman who's hiding).
 A man says he heard that, "bears can smell menstrual blood from a mile away."


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 1 sexual reference, 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 1 religious profanity, 12 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol from a bottle wrapped in a paper bag, a man and a woman drink wine with dinner, and people drink wine at a dinner in a few scenes. Several people drink beer at a bar, people drink champagne at a dinner, and people drink other alcoholic drinks at a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, jealousy, love, relationships, trust, secrets, being left at the altar, destiny, feng shui, marrying the wrong person, homosexuality, stage fright, hope, spontaneity, success, compromise, wisdom, coincidences, contentment vs. happiness, risk taking.

MESSAGE - If you don't take risks sometimes love may just pass you by.

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