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Because I Said So | 2007 | PG-13 | - 6.2.4

An overprotective mother (Diane Keaton) struggles with allowing her youngest daughter (Mandy Moore) to make her own mistakes with regard to love and relationships. In an attempt to help her find Mr. Right, she places a personal ad and arranges a seemingly spontaneous meeting with a successful businessman. But when the daughter meets another man with whom she feels an immediate connection, she decides to juggle the two men, hoping to keep her mother happy and off her back. Also with Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott and Lauren Graham. Directed by Michael Lehmann. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman kiss passionately in several scenes and are in bed in one scene: her legs are high in the air as he thrusts on top of her, and another scene shows them kissing on a sofa but they are interrupted by their adult children.
 We see several overlapping sequences of a young woman in bed with two different young men, kissing and caressing each other (a couple of scenes show them with bare shoulders and backs and kissing, and a couple with one on top of the other).
 It is implied that a young woman and a young man have sex (we see her in a short slip and stockings and we see his bare legs draped over a sofa arm).
 A young man and a young woman kiss, another man and woman kiss, then another, then two women kiss and we see a man caressing the clothed breasts of a woman in the background. A young man and a young woman kiss in several scenes, and a different young man and the same young woman kiss in several scenes. A man and a woman kiss, and a man and a woman kiss on a TV screen.
 Four women wear bras and skimpy panties in a locker room scene (ranging from full size panties to thongs that reveal bare abdomens, bare buttocks and cleavage). Several women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie.
 A young woman talks to her two sisters and mother about a man that she is about to have sex with and that he is not circumcised; one of the women describes her feelings about uncircumcised men. A woman asks her daughter what an orgasm feels like and the young woman describes it including sounds and physical gestures. During a massage one of the masseuses says, using crude terms, that one of the clients needs to have sex. A man makes his ventriloquist dummy say something about being aroused. A young woman talks about her boyfriend leaving her for another man. A young boy talks about a woman's private parts in a couple of scenes and uses clinical terminology.
 A woman inadvertently finds a porn site on the internet; we hear a woman moaning, we hear a cow mooing, and we hear a man moaning and a whip cracking; a dog that's in the room with the woman barks and looks at the screen, then rubs itself against a footrest (the woman goes to the site again later).
 A young woman removes her slip while standing behind a car and a young man watches her; then a balloon sticks to the woman's clothed buttocks and the man watches and talks about static in the atmosphere.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman drives recklessly while trying to follow another car on a highway and then nearly crashes into stopped cars at a traffic light.
 A masseuse climbs on top of a woman lying on a table, bends her arm back, pulls her head back and shakes her (the woman screams in agony).
 A cake falls over a ledge and crashes onto a man walking on a beach. A boy pushes a cake into a woman's face and she is covered with frosting.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 6 sexual references, 7 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 1 religious profanity, 20 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine in several scenes, and people drink alcohol in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sibling relationships, mother/daughter relationships, love, insecurity, mistakes, suicide, living through your children, overprotective parenting, betrayal, fear, cultural clichés, kindness, Attention Deficit Disorder, orgasms, aging, remorse, loss, broken hearts.

MESSAGE - Happiness is a series of choices.

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