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How Do You Know | 2010 | PG-13 | - 5.2.5

A successful softball player (Reese Witherspoon) realizes that there may be more to life than the game and becomes involved with two very different men (Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd). She then tries to figure out what kind of relationship is right for her and what she really wants out of life. Also with Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn, Mark Linn-Baker and Lenny Venito. Directed by James L. Brooks. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We hear rhythmic moaning from a man and a woman and see them lying in bed just after having had sex (the man is bare-chested and the woman's cleavage and bare shoulders are visible from under a sheet).
 We see a woman in bed sleeping and wearing a red slip that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders; it is understood that she and a man that enters the room had sex the night before when he remarks about the "amazing sex" they had.
 Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs in several scenes. A woman lifts her top and we see her bare, very pregnant belly. A man is bare-chested to the hip with a towel wrapped around him in a locker room. A man is bare-chested in a swimming pool.
 A man kisses a woman and has his hand on her clothed breast; another man removes his hand and the woman puts his hand back where it was. A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes.
 A woman sits on a sofa and a man lies next to her with his head resting in her lap. A man touches a woman's leg while they talk. A man flirts with a woman in several scenes. A woman kisses a man on the neck and they hug. A man picks a woman up from behind and then puts her back down.
 A woman becomes angry with a man when he talks about whether or not he is monogamous and he talks about having anonymous sex while he is on the road with his baseball team. A woman becomes upset when she realizes that a man has an assortment of supplies like toothbrushes and changes of clothes for women he entertains in his apartment; she becomes angry and storms out but comes back. A woman moves into a man's apartment soon after they start dating, and a woman struggles to decide whether she should go up to a man's apartment after a date (she decides to go).
 A man says, "Women jocks are amazing," referring to sex. Several men talk about how they know when they are in love and one says, "I know when I wear a condom with the other girls." A man sings a song with lyrics that include, "Let's take a shower together... rub me down with hot oils," etc., and in one scene a woman overhears him and becomes concerned. At a party, a man talks about inviting only couples so that the behavior of the men would be better and he says that there is a room with "Christian athletes." A sign in a woman's classroom reads "Flirt harder, I'm a physicist."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman is struck in the face with a softball and we see blood in her mouth. A man pounds his head on a table after receiving bad news over the phone. A man is almost hit by a car.
 A woman stands up and raises her fist to a man who is yelling at and insulting another man. A man covers a woman's mouth with his hand and she raises her fist to him.
 A woman becomes upset when she realizes that a man has an assortment supplies for women he entertains in his apartment and she becomes angry. A woman becomes angry with a man when he talks about whether or not he is monogamous and he talks about having anonymous sex while he is on the road with his baseball team. A woman yells at a man and walks out of his apartment. A man yells at another man in a few scenes. A man and a woman argue while on a date in a restaurant and they agree to not speak to each other for the remainder of the meal. A woman breaks up with a man and he is distraught.
 A woman tells a man "I will kill you for saying that" when he disparages himself. A woman says to a man "I am dying for you." A man tells a woman that he is under investigation by the federal government. A man is served a subpoena for a fraud case against him. A man tells a woman a story about a man getting revenge for being fired by making small packages of his cat's feces and for several months sending them each day to the man responsible for his situation; the story ends with the cat dying. A man talks about his mother leaving him when he was young. A man tells a woman that she could just "be nauseous for me, or having morning sickness for me."


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 3 F-words and 1 not fully enunciated F-word, 4 sexual references, 6 scatological terms (2 mild), 1 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (girlie, moron, half-a-brain, stupid, chick magnet, mutant), 16 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks several Bloody Marys and then straight Vodka and appears inebriated, a woman drinks Guinness, and a man and a woman drink mixed drinks.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Success and failure, fraud, sexism, trust, prison, love, friendship, second offenders, being out of work, anger, bitterness, health care reform, neuroses, manipulation, bribery, disappointment, worrying, parenting

MESSAGE - Timing in life is everything.

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