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Garmento | 2003 | R | - 5.4.9

A young woman with dreams of success in the fashion industry and a certain knack for style, finds herself in the house of Poncho Ramirez, a designer who isn't really sure where his next hit will come from -- his padded cups for men's underwear are apparently a flop. With Katie MacNicol, David Thornton, Saundra Santiago, Jerry Grayson and Juan Hernandez. Directed by Michele Maher. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We see men wearing underwear with a padded, enlarged crotch; we see them on billboards (the tag line is "criminally large") and on mannequins. A man removes his pants in a roomful of people who look and point at his underwear, which have an enlarged, padded crotch. A man caresses the enlarged crotch of a mannequin. A man and a woman kiss a few times. A man begins to take his shirt off in front of another man and they flirt. A woman caresses a man's hair and hugs him. A young woman says "peel off my Ponchos" (a pair of jeans) several times in a television ad, and a teenage girl says the same thing in front of a mirror. People discuss advertising campaigns and suggest having women together, men together, kiddie porn, and molestation. In a TV ad boys are shown in their underwear in a locker room and a man touches one on the back with a horse whip, in a suggestive way. A woman flirts with a man and men admire women walking on a runway in a fashion show. Women wear short tops that reveal bare abdomens and opaque tank tops that show their nipples. Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. A man makes a remark about "doing" a woman (he seems to mean doing her hair).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman steps off a curb and is hit by a bus or truck (we do not see the aftermath). A woman slaps a man in the face. We see a woman tied to a chair with plastic wrap and gagged. A woman screams and pounds on a punching bag with a baseball bat, and a man hits a punching bag with a baseball bat repeatedly. A man yells at and confronts a man. A woman struggles with another woman over jeans in a store; they tug back and forth on the pants and yell at each other. A woman runs into a man and knocks him to the floor. Two women argue. A woman is knocked down and we see her with a slightly bloody, swollen lip. A woman is startled when a man touches her from behind.


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LANGUAGE 9 - 48 F-words, 6 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 1 religious profanity, 9 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fashion, the fashion industry, fraud, greed, fads, porn, rape, molestation, shock value and advertising, homosexuality, NY nightlife, IPOs, the stock market, drug dealing.

MESSAGE - The key to happiness for some people is indeed money. The fashion industry is basically amoral.

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