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Friends with Money | 2006 | R | - 7.3.7

Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Joan Cusack star as four life-long friends living in the west coast and deal with the stress of life and relationships while trying to figure out what being happy really means. Also with Jason Isaacs and Scott Caan. Directed by Nicole Holofcener. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman finds a vibrator in a drawer, she takes it out and uses it (we hear buzzing coming from another room).
 A woman wears a French Maid costume (it reveals cleavage and bare thighs to her buttocks), she cleans and dusts a room while a man watches, and they have sex: we see him thrusting on top of her (he's bare-chested and she's still in the costume).
 A husband and wife lie in bed together after having sex: they are covered by sheets revealing shoulders and part of the man's bare chest. A husband and wife lie in bed together, he kisses her and tries to seduce her, but she rolls over and declines. A man and a woman sit in bed together, presumably after sex (she is wrapped to the shoulders with a sheet) and they talk. A husband and wife lie in bed together and he rubs her feet (she wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage; although intimate, the scene is not sensual).
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, a man and a woman kiss, and a husband and wife kiss.
 We see a bare-chested man with a towel wrapped around his waist while he's shaving. A little girl changes into her pajamas and we see her bare back and chest briefly. A man takes off his shirt to try on a sweater and another man watches him (although suspected that they may be gay, it's not evident they are, and both are married to women).
 A man invites another man to have dinner with him and the man says, "No, I'm married," presumably assuming that the other man is gay. A man tells a woman in a crude manner that he wants sex, and she says no. A woman talks about having "amazing sex" with a man. A woman says about sex with a man, "the sex is fun but he doesn't look at me." A man talks about having sex with a woman in public places. A man talks about making out in the basement of a woman's home when they were in high school. People repeatedly refer to a married man as being gay. A husband and wife talk about how they would feel if their son was gay.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman is angry and abusive to people in a store: she is asked to leave by the store management, and she walks into a plate glass window and knocks herself out (her nose is broken and we see it bloody and bandaged later). A woman steps on a Lego and yells.
 A woman harasses a married man by calling him on the phone and hanging up.
 A husband and wife argue in several scenes (including personal insults) and eventually argue bitterly and separate.
 A woman cleans a house, finds a large hair wad in a bathtub, holds it up and throws it away.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 25 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 12 sexual references, 13 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, weird, stupid, jerk, putz, shmuck), 28 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman smoke marijuana, a woman smokes marijuana in a few scenes, a man finds a bag of marijuana on a freezer, and people refer to a woman as a "pothead." People drink alcohol in a few dinner party scenes, two men drink wine with lunch, and a man drinks a beer. A woman smokes a cigarette, and we hear that a man smokes cigarettes but we never see him smoking.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Financial security, job dissatisfaction, disappointment, happiness, love, friendship, separation, superiority, harassment, charitable donations, infidelity, divorce, anger, fundraising, bitterness, heartbreak, humiliation, depression, confrontation, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - Relationships are work; a lot of work.

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