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Laws of Attraction | 2004 | PG-13 | - 5.2.4

Two divorce lawyers (Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore) face off in a New York courtroom, only to end up debating whether marriage is something worth fighting for or an archaic institution destined for obsolescence. As they become increasingly antagonistic, they also realize that they are falling in love with each other. Also with Parker Posey, Michael Sheen, Frances Fisher and Nora Dunn. Directed by Peter Howitt. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman lying on a table covered with a blanket are apparently having sex: we hear loud noises and the man is on top of the woman and they are kissing (the man is bare-chested and we see the woman's bare shoulders). A man and a woman kiss passionately (while moaning and frantically caressing each other), they begin removing their clothes, and we see the room the next day with clothes scattered across the floor and the woman wakes up in bed next to the man. A man and a woman wake up in bed together, she's wearing a bra and is wrapped in a sheet and he is bare-chested. Men and women kiss in several scenes (some are married couples, some are not). We hear that a woman has a sexual addiction and is seeing a therapist. A man and a woman sleep together (just sleep). A man and a woman flirt in several scenes. A woman tells a man that he won't be getting "into her pants." A man talks to a woman about "last night's position." A woman talks about a man (her husband) having a part of his anatomy pierced. A man takes off his shirt (we see him bare-chested) in front of a woman (he's changing his clothes). A man on-stage sings and dances bare-chested. Young women swoon over a rock star. Men and women dance together with suggestive movements in a couple of scenes. A woman sticks a pencil in a man's ear to wake him up and he reacts with pleasure. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses throughout the film revealing cleavage, bare shoulders and abdomens. Two men use urinals in a restroom, a woman walks into the room and carries on a conversation as the men proceed (we hear one man zip up his pants). An alcoholic beverage is named "Goat's Nut."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man and a woman (being divorced) argue bitterly in many scenes. A woman talks about wanting to cut a part of a man's anatomy off. A woman talks about wanting to rip a man's "heart out with a chainsaw." A woman has bruised eyes (apparently after cosmetic surgery). A truck rolls off a hill (we hear it crash in the distance). A man picks a crumb off a woman's (whom he has just met) lip, smells it and eats it. A woman takes a drink and spits something out (we believe it's a cherry) that sails across a table and into a man's mouth. Two men use urinals in a restroom.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 obscene hand gesture, 8 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol, in some cases to the point of inebriation. Men chug beers in one scene.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, marriage vows, passion, intimacy, betrayal, trust, respect, divorce, love, abandonment, infidelity, loneliness, promiscuity, philandering, dating, jealousy, seduction, success, pressure to succeed, charitable contributions, insecurity, pre-nuptial agreements, paranoia, sexual addiction.

MESSAGE - Marriage is worth fighting for, and divorce should be the last resort.

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