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Crazy, Stupid, Love | 2011 | PG-13 | - 6.2.5

A forty-something man (Steve Carell) learns that his perfect wife (Julianne Moore) cheated on him and he wants a divorce. On his own, he is inept and awkward, so he spends his nights alone in a bar, watching other people and sulking until a more romantically experienced man (Ryan Gosling) takes him under his wing in the dating game. Also with Jonah Bobo, Analeigh Tipton, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei and Josh Groban. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man asks a woman he just met to go home with him and she agrees; the camera cuts to his apartment, where they kiss passionately, he says he is afraid of AIDS, she says she does not have AIDS, he sits on a sofa, she places one high-heeled foot on a coffee table, shakes her bottom and then jump on him (sex is implied and we see her leave his apartment the next morning looking disheveled).
 A woman approaches a man she met once and kisses him; they go to his apartment, she asks him to remove his shirt (we see his bare chest, arms and abdomen), he tells her to take off her dress, she says no, they go to a dark bedroom, they kiss, and they stay awake most of the night talking (they do not have sex).
 A female babysitter enters the dark bedroom of an 8th grade boy and we see the shadow of a blanket corner flapping; the girl yells, "Oh My God," backs out and slams the door (it is implied the boy is masturbating).
 A teacher yells at a father in a parent-teacher conference because she had sex with him the night before and found out that he is married; she complains that she "went downtown" for 45 minutes because he was nervous and the man's wife gets up and leaves angrily.
 A man sitting at a bar proclaims loudly, "My wife is having intercourse with someone who's not me" and a somewhat older man tells him he will help the first man rediscover his manhood. A wife tells her husband that she wants a divorce because she had sex with another man; he seems stunned. A husband and his wife tell their children and a teen babysitter that they are getting a divorce because the woman had an affair with another man (they all appear shocked). A teenage boy meets a colleague of his mother and says, "So, I hear you broke up my parent's marriage"; the man looks stunned and the scene ends. A wife tells her husband and teen daughter that a 40-something male neighbor suddenly has many young women in his apartment. We understand that a man, separated from his wife because she had an affair with another man, has had 9 affairs during their separation. A man tells another man how to persuade any woman he meets to leave a bar and go home to have sex with him. We see about 20 brief scenes of one or another man asking different women at bars if they "Want to get out of here" (implying sex); all the women agree. A woman in a bar tells another woman to "pick up" a handsome man; then she tells her, "You should be at home with him, studying his ceiling." A teenage boy tells his teenage babysitter that he thinks about her all the time when he masturbates. A woman in a bar asks another woman if she would have sex with Conan O'Brien and the other woman says yes. A man asks a married male friend how many women he had sex with. A man tells another man that he is more experienced sexually because "I'm mysterious, I'm good in bed; you're not." A man takes a male friend to a clothing store and the first man asks a female clerk if she'd theoretically have sex with the man in new clothes; she says she would. A teen girl tells another teen girl that she has sex with older men because, "I have a huge rack, and you don't." A teen girl tells another teen girl to take nude photos of herself and send them to an older male neighbor. In a middle school literature class, a teacher instructs that "The Scarlet Letter" is about sin, and a student stands up and says, "No, it's about [expletive deleted] that fall in love." A 17-year-old girl blurts out in front of several people that she is in love with a 13-year-old boy's father. A 13-year-old boy tells his 17-year-old girl babysitter that he loves her, several times throughout the film; she tells him to stop. A woman remarks to a man that their evening together is like a PG-13 movie.
 In a locker room, a man stands nude with one foot on a bench in front of another man that is seated on the bench (the seated man's head blocks the view of the groin area of the standing man, but we see his bare chest); the nude man asks why his genitals do not bother the other man, the other man answers that they just don't and then passes out and lands with his head resting just above the other man's groin area (no genitals are shown).
 A teen girl stands in front of a camera and takes nude photos of herself (we see her nude back and her bare legs); she prints three of the photos (we do not see them), and puts them in an envelop to give to a neighbor, but eventually gives them to a 13-year-old boy, and we see him become wide-eyed.
 Several women appear in a dozen bar or party scenes wearing short shorts that reveal bare legs and low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and portions of their backs. Two women exhibit significant cleavage in low-cut dresses.
 A teen girl stares longingly at a man, but he does not notice.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - a man becomes enraged when he suddenly thinks his teen daughter is dating a 40-year-old man, he yells, runs to the second man's back yard, breaks furniture and jumps on the man until two other men jump on top of the first two men and roll around on the ground; two policemen arrive and tell them to stop and to go inside the house (we see one man holding an ice pack to his bruised cheek).
 A younger man slaps an older man in the face four times in different scenes, as a gesture of camaraderie. An older man slaps a younger man about five times and threatens to shoot him in the face, smiling the entire time.
 A man opens the passenger door of a moving car and rolls out and onto the pavement (unhurt).
 Throughout the film, couples argue about relationships and romantic expectations. Two men sitting at a bar argue about one man dating and marrying the other man's daughter. Two male friends argue about what styles of clothing look good or bad.
 A female teacher yells at her student's father in a parent-teacher meeting, because she had sex with him and she now realized he is married; she complains, the man's wife leaves angrily, and in the parking lot of the school the husband and the wife argue while the other woman continues to jeer and shout.
 A man in an office tells another man that the whole department thought he had cancer, but are relieved that he is "only" getting a divorce.
 A man throws a pair of sneakers off a high mall railing (no one is injured).


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 6 sexual references, 9 scatological references, 18 anatomical references, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (cheesy, carrot, ginger junk, crazy, dumb, gay, low life, womanizer, creepy, slutty, pervert, peanut head, cocktail servant, mom-butt, disgusting teenager), stereotypical references to men, married people, women that are man-hunting, promiscuous playboy types, fidelity, divorce, children, teen crushes, teachers, law students, 3 religious profanities, 23 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks in a bar alone in several scenes and he sounds drunk, several meetings among men and women occur in bars where they drink beer, liquor and wine in substantial amounts, a man tells another man that meeting a woman and taking her home always involves alcohol whether she wants it or not, two dozen brief bar scenes show glasses of beer, liquor and wine on tables but no one is shown drinking, eight bar scenes include views of the bar filled with cocktails and men and women drinking, four restaurant scenes feature glasses of wine or bottles of beer on tables and men and women drinking from them, a woman at a bar says she is an alcoholic and drinks only non-alcoholic beverages when a man tries to buy her a cocktail, a woman in a bar chugs two glasses of Gin and grimaces, a woman chugs two Hot Toddies and grimaces (her words slur slightly, she laughs frequently and cannot remember a friend's name), a man and a woman drink Bourbon throughout an evening and nearly empty the bottle, and a man says to himself that he thinks a bartender spit in his drink.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, dating, sexting, mailing or transmitting nude photos, alcohol and sex, marriage, fidelity, honesty, loneliness, self-esteem, values.

MESSAGE - Dating is difficult and marriage takes ongoing work.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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