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Man of the House | 2005 | PG-13 | - 5.5.4

Comedy starring Tommy Lee Jones as an all business Texas Ranger who becomes responsible for protecting a group of college cheerleaders after they witness a murder. He must keep them alive to testify against the gunman, by pretending to be an assistant cheerleading coach. Also with Kelli Garner, Shannon Marie Woodward, Terry Parks and Anne Archer. Directed by Stephen Herek. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Women dance with suggestive wiggles and thrusts, in several scenes. A man and a woman dance, and then go into another room where it is suggested that they might have had sex.
 Several women dress in skimpy outfits that reveal extensive cleavage, bare abdomens, bellybutton piercings, bare shoulders and bare legs throughout the movie, as well as dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs; also, women wear bras and panties that reveal cleavage, buttocks (draped with sheer fabric), bare abdomens and bare legs. Women wearing very short skirts bend over to get into a car and we see part of their buttock cheeks. A woman looks into a two-way mirror and adjusts and pushes on her clothed breasts while three men on the other side of the mirror watch. We see women's undergarments hanging in a bathroom (thongs, bras, etc.).
 A man and a woman kiss. A man tries to make sexual advances toward two women (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 Women talk to a man about his 17-year-old daughter and ask him if she's "sexually active." A woman complains about not having been able to have "phone sex" with her boyfriend. Women give a man romance advice, and women eavesdrop on a man and a woman on a date. Women make remarks about men being attractive, in sexual terms (e.g. "He was hot," and "Why don't guys wear loincloths?") in several scenes. A woman talks about another woman having been visited by her "little friend" and then goes on to list synonyms for the menstrual cycle. A man buys a cart full of feminine hygiene products.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A ranger is shot in the chest by a sniper (we see blood spurt), and a civilian is shot in the shoulder (we see blood on his sleeve). A man is shot in the head and we see a picture of him later, dead with a bloody bullet hole in the temple. Many armed border police take aim at a man, the man tries to fire at another person and is shot in the hand (we see a spurt). A ranger holds a gun to a man's head, he throws him through a window, and then the two rangers jump out as the building explodes (they all have cuts on their faces). An F.B.I. agent has a bloody shoulder wound.
 Police are shot at, they fire back, a man in a warehouse begins to set the building on fire; two rangers walk through the burning building, two men are shot, and more fires are set. A ranger shoots at a man driving a bus and then shoots out one of the tires; the bus flips on its side and skids a certain distance (we see sparks and flames), and the driver gets out of the bus with bloody face wounds.
 A man points a gun at a man and we hear two gunshots. A man holds a gun on a woman, he shoots through the roof of the bus, he shoves a man off the bus, and then drives the bus away; a young woman jumps off the roof of the bus as it pulls away, and is caught by other women.
 A man tries to make sexual advances toward two women, one woman knees him in the crotch and then hits him in the face, and a ranger hits him with a pool cue (the man falls to the ground); another man tries to hit the ranger and is knocked back onto a pool table. A ranger throws a stone at a man and hits him in the head. A ranger tackles a man dressed in a costume and holding a gun (it turns out to be a water gun). A man does a flip and crashes into a table breaking it.
 A van explodes and knocks several people to the ground (the passengers get out just in time). A car chases a man running into an alley, the man jumps out of the way and the car cashes into a truck (we see the two crumpled vehicles).
 While driving, a ranger cocks his gun to question an ex-convict. A man threatens to kill the daughter of a man. A man runs away from a ranger and the man becomes seriously winded (he gasps and cannot continue). Several women are handcuffed to a stair banister and a chair.
 A ranger puts his arm, up to the elbow (we hear lots of squishing), into the anus of a cow to retrieve a telephone; when we see his arm and the phone they are covered with feces and another man takes the phone. Women shave a man's ears, and trim his nose hairs. A man slides across an elevated rope and lands in a plastic pool filled with water. A woman sticks out her tongue at a ranger twice.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 obscene hand gesture, 4 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms (1 in Spanish, not translated), 24 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, stupid), 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol, and a room is filled with tobacco smoke in a bar scene. A man offers another man some "weed."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crime, witness protection, cheerleading, kidnapping, protective custody, family, divorce, estrangement from children, plagiarism, self-doubt, dieting, stereotypes, jealousy.

MESSAGE - Losing sight of what is important can lead to losing everything that is important.

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