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Kinky Boots | 2005 | PG-13 | - 3.3.5

Based on a true story: a traditional men's shoe manufacturer in the English town of Northampton must either close due to lack of sales or find a new market. When the owner's son finds an unusual niche -- women's boots for cross-dressing men -- and decides to go all or nothing, those around him have trouble appreciating his idea. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joel Edgerton, Sarah-Jane Potts, Jemima Rooper and Ewan Hooper. Directed by Julian Jarrold. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss. Two men dressed as women caress each other.
 A man makes a remark to a man dressed as a woman, and the man who's dressed as a woman sits on his lap and speaks in a deep voice making it clear that he is a man; the man who made the remark appears embarrassed. A man makes a crude sexual remark to a man dressed as a woman. A man admires a man dressed as a woman as he walks by.
 A man pulls a small whip out of his boot, cracks it in the direction of a woman and invites her to dance with him (they dance and hold each other close). A woman sits on a man's lap.
 A man measures the leg and foot of a man who dresses as a woman, and other men who dress as women watch them with interest.
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man wakes up in the dressing room of a man who performs dressed as a woman (we see the man bare-chested while dressing, and putting on make up and a bra). Men dressed as women sing and dance on a stage (their outfits reveal thighs). A man wears thigh-high boots and boxer shorts and walks on a fashion show runway.
 A woman has a date with a man, and when her fiancé finds out he is very jealous and hurt.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Three men hassle a man who's dressed as a woman, they shove him against a fence, another man approaches trying to break it up, and the victim steps on the foot of one of the men, and swings a boot to strike another man but accidentally knocks the man who's helping him in the face (he falls to the ground unconscious).
 A man wearing high-heeled boots walks on a fashion show runway, falls off the boots, lands on the floor and appears to be unconscious.
 A man makes a reference to drinking to kill his pain. A man and a woman argue and the man threatens to fire the woman. We hear that a man has died and see people grieving at the funeral. We hear that a man was disowned by his father and not forgiven even on his deathbed.
 A man yells at a man dressed as a woman and is abusive. A man and a man dressed as a woman arm wrestle.
 Two men urinate in urinals and one does not wash his hands. A man has a scar on his forehead. A man stumbles out of a pub (he is drunk).

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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 10 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (stupid), 9 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink shots of vodka, a man drinks vodka in many scenes, people drink alcohol in club scenes, people drink beer in several pub scenes, a woman drinks wine, and people drink champagne. A man stumbles out of a pub (he is drunk).

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cross-dressing, transvestites, hand-crafted shoe making, marriage, family business, drag queens, fitting in, bravery, machismo, being a man, manliness, humiliation, disrespect, jealousy, death of a parent, taking chances, disappointment.
MESSAGE - Changing your mind about someone can be liberating.
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