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Leap Year | 2009 | PG | - 3.3.4

It's February 29th, and a woman (Amy Adams) flies to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend (Adam Scott), with whom she's lived for 4 years together. While he has never proposed, according to Irish tradition he must accept if she proposes on a leap day. However, inclement weather may wreck her plans, especially after meeting another man (Mathew Goode). Also with John Lithgow and Kaitlin Olson. Directed by Anand Tucker. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - An elderly man kisses his wife for a long time as two other couples watch, another couple does the same for a longer time, and the elderly man tells the third couple that it is their turn to demonstrate a kiss (one that should always be done as if it is the first and the last): the last couple kisses briefly, then at the insistence of the elderly man, they kiss for a prolonged time. A woman receives a marriage proposal from two different men and each time she accepts with a kiss and a brief embrace. A man and a woman hold hands twice and kiss briefly a few times in public.
 Several scenes show women wearing low-cut dresses and blouses that reveal cleavage, bare arms and shoulders. A woman wearing a bra and panties is startled when a man walks into her hotel room and she covers herself with a robe (we see cleavage briefly). Three men in a tavern play with panties and bras (like putting them on their heads), which they found inside a suitcase they stole. One scene shows the silhouette of a woman while she dances behind the shower curtain. We see the silhouette of a man behind a shower curtain. A woman comes out of a shower wrapped in a long towel (we see bare shoulders and slight cleavage). A man leaves a shower, wrapped in a towel and we see his bare chest.
 A woman tells a man that her legs are said to be her best feature and he laughingly says they are not; she smiles and the scene ends. Two mentions are made of unmarried couples having sex: A B&B owner says that she asked a backpacking couple to leave when they said they were unmarried and a report states that a condominium association board will not permit unmarried or cohabiting couples to purchase space in their building. A man asks another man and a woman if they slept well (implying sex), but the couple ignores the implication. We hear a report that a woman broke up with her fiancé, because he proposed only in order to qualify in order to purchase a condominium apartment in New York.
 A man and a woman, both clothed, lie side by side in a bed in a B&B, after they have pretended to be married in order to get a room: they lie back to back, turn side to side, look at each other, flinch, turn back to back again and the scene ends (there is no suggestion of sex); in the morning the man's hand is on the woman's shoulder, he awakens and carefully removes his hand one finger at a time (no suggestion of sex is implied).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A short tavern brawl occurs between a man and three other men, who were harassing a woman: we see a lot of punching and falling down, but no blood or bruising and the bartender tells all the men and the woman to leave.
 During a wedding dance, a high-heeled shoe flies from the foot of a woman and strikes the bride in the forehead (we see a red spot the size of a 50-cent piece on the woman's forehead).
 A man and a woman run through a severe hailstorm and into a church while yelling and realize that they interrupted a wedding service. A woman on a plane buffeted wildly by turbulence prays that she will not die before she proposes to her boyfriend; oxygen masks drop with a pop and people scream (the plane lands safely).
 A woman visiting Ireland suffers many difficulties with transportation and the climate: she is caught in several rainstorms, she is caught in a hailstorm, she slides down a hillside into a muddy ditch, she crosses a body of water in a small tugboat and becomes soaked, and she's put ashore in muddy sand that ruins her shoes.
 A woman burns out an electric socket amid sparks, burns out a fuse that kills the power for a whole village, knocks over a bed, a lamp, a glass bottle containing an unlit candle and a wardrobe containing supplies and knickknacks, and she rips a drapery rod from the wall, creating a storm of dirt and dust. A parked car slips backward on a country road, over a bridge and into a shallow river; the driver tries to run and catch the car by jumping on the hood, but falls off (unhurt), the car flips end over end and we hear the crash. In a new condo at an open house party, a woman sets off a fire alarm so she has an excuse to get out of the building while her fiancé runs around madly gathering electronics he intents to save.
 A man gathering food for a dinner picks up a farm chicken, lowers it off screen and twists the neck as we hear bones crunching (we see nothing more of the bird). Two men spit into their hands and then shake hands. A man burps loudly while eating a messy sandwich. A woman steps into cow dung in a road. A drunken woman begins to kiss a man, but then vomits on his shoes off screen, as we hear the retching.
 Three men in a van stop to pick up a woman that's walking, but steal her expensive suitcase instead.
 A cardiologist states that he is receiving several photos of patients' diseased hearts and arteries on his Blackberry, but we do not see the pictures.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 6 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 4 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations, name-calling (idiot, crazy, rude, pig headed, stupid, con artist, ridiculous, jerk, American, backwoods bumpkin, cynic, dizzy, controller, back-stabbing snake, cheat, liar, pukey, beast, desperate), 12 stereotypical references about men, American women, money, upscale professionals, redheads, the Irish and marriage.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Dozens of scenes throughout the film show beer, ale, wine, and champagne sitting on bar tops and on tables in restaurants, homes, bars, pubs and apartment open houses, either in bottles or glasses, and all such scenes show several men and women drinking, a bar scene shows a man at a bar drinking beer and shots of liquor as he speaks to a woman in a slurred voice, a man rises from his seat in a pub after drinking only to collapse, and an outdoor scene shows a woman drinking liquor on a beach at night after a wedding party and when she stands to speak to a man she vomits on his shoes (off screen).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, relationships, cohabitation, marriage, commitment, traditions, superstitions, challenges, Irish culture, alcohol and drunkenness.

MESSAGE - Do not marry for the wrong reason.

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