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Definitely, Maybe | 2008 | PG-13 | - 5.3.4

Ryan Reynolds stars as the separated father of a precocious 10-year-old (Abigail Breslin), who insists on knowing the story of her father's love life and the true identity of her mother. Also with Derek Luke, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Liane Balaban, Kevin Kline, Marc Bonan, Adam Ferrara and Alexie Gilmore. Directed by Adam Brooks. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man and a woman kiss in several scenes, in different places: in one scene they are lying in bed clothed and kissing and in another they are waking up together (it is implied that they have had sex, and the man is bare-chested and the woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders).
 A young man and a young woman kiss and she wraps her legs around his waist. A young man and a young woman kiss and she talks about his tongue tasting different. A young man and a young woman kiss passionately while sitting on a sofa (he leaves and nothing else happens). A man and a woman kiss while dancing. A young woman kisses a young man who is dating her girlfriend.
 Young women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A young woman wears a short skirt that reveals her bare thighs.
 There are several frank discussions between a man and his 10-year-old daughter about sex, using clinical terms and descriptions of intercourse. A man tells his 10-year-old daughter about his romantic relationships, including sexual details. A woman talks to a young man and describes him as having seductive eyes and says she wants to rip the clothes from his body. A young woman tells her boyfriend that she slept with his roommate. A young man reads a woman's diary about two girls kissing and touching each other. A 10-year-old girl talks about penguins mating for life. A young man reads a woman's diary about girls watching boys. A man in his 60s talks about dating two college women, at the same time. A young man describes women in New York as "totally hot and they like casual sex." We hear that a woman is pregnant and not married. An elementary school aged boy, surrounded by other boys, reads from a book about the movement of sperm through a woman's body.
 Men and women dance at a party.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A young woman slaps a young man in the face and tells him to leave after he has been insulting and rude to her. A young man accidentally staples his finger and yells.
 We hear that a man had an aortal rupture and is in the hospital (we see him with oxygen tubes in his nose and he asks for a cigarette).
 A man begins to step into a street and another man pulls him back saving him from being struck by a car.
 A 10-year-old girl cries when she thinks about her parents divorcing. A 10-year-old girl quotes a statistic about people committing suicide by jumping off a bridge. A young man is turned down when he proposes to a young woman. A young woman talks about her father having died in a car accident when she was young. We hear that a man died of a heart attack.
 A young man falls through a door and into a bathroom.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 14 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, insane, stupid, freak, putz), 12 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a young man drink whiskey (they are both shown asleep later), a young man appears very drunk after a party and is rude to a young woman, a young man drinks from a bottle wrapped in a paper bag and appears to be drunk, people drink beer in several scenes, and people drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in several party scenes. A man smokes cigarettes in a couple of scenes, a young man and a young woman smoke cigarettes, a young man buys packs of cigarettes in s few scenes and a young woman buys a pack in one scene, a warning label on a pack of cigarettes reads "smoking leads to a slow and painful death," and a man in the hospital asks for a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The institution of marriage, divorce, separation of families, Amnesty International, principles, ambition, love, parenting, sex education, disappointment, being apolitical, curiosity, casual sex, friendship, weaknesses, losing friends, making mistakes, power, money, politics, jealousy, masochism, complications of love, former President Bill Clinton, Gennifer Flowers, political campaigns, double standards.

MESSAGE - Love is not a fairy tale.

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