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Little Black Book | 2004 | PG-13 | - 4.3.4

Romantic comedy about a young woman (Brittany Murphy) who is an associate producer for a daytime talk show but dreams of making it big one day and working with Diane Sawyer. When her boyfriend (Ron Livingston) won't discuss his past relationships, she becomes suspicious. So, with encouragement from a co-worker (Holly Hunter) she befriends his ex-girlfriends by pretending that she wants them to appear on the talk show she produces. Also with Kathy Bates and Rashida Jones. Directed by Nick Hurran. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss in several scenes -- in one scene the woman is wearing a T-shirt and panties. We see a photograph of a man and a woman kissing and we hear there is also one of her "licking him." A woman lies back in bed, a man climbs on top of her and they kiss briefly. A woman puts a vibrating Palm Pilot in her pants and reacts as if it is giving her pleasure. A woman talks about using a man "for sex," and that she "cheated all the time" (we hear this played back on tape a few more times). A woman flirts with a man over the phone. A woman wears a tank top and panties in bed while a man dresses. A woman has a gynecological exam: she lies back on a table, her legs are put in stirrups and a doctor shows the speculum she plans to insert. There is a mention of "sexually transmitted diseases." We see photographs of a woman in swimsuit (one shows her in thongs that reveal her bare buttocks). A sign in a doctor's office reads, "Vagina is not a four letter word." A reality TV show talks about sex-related topics: "grandma's a hooker," "virgins," etc. A woman wears a short skirt and a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and bare legs, a woman wears a low-cut sweater revealing cleavage, women wear low-cut, short tops that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens, and a woman's dress is open revealing cleavage and bare abdomen.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man tackles a woman knocking her over a table and onto the floor. A hockey player is slammed into a Plexiglas wall during a match. A woman pounds on a telephone set with a hockey stick, repeatedly. A woman says to another woman, "I should tear your eyes out." There are several scenes (in the background) of people on a television set arguing and shoving each other. A man and a woman argue. Two women faint and fall to the floor. A dog flatulates several times and people in the room react.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 7 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 15 religious exclamations, 2 derogatory terms for people of small stature.


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


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, trust, honesty, jealousy, dreams, goals, chaos, vanity, friendship, secrets, commitment, infidelity, betrayal, destiny, self-destructive behavior, luck of opportunity, TV ratings, TV talk shows, reality TV, the fleeting nature of fame and success.

MESSAGE - Relationships should be built on honesty and truth. We cannot plan our lives completely; life often just happens.

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