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Man of the Year | 2006 | PG-13 | - 4.4.5

Robin Williams stars as an irreverent performer who anchors a fake news show, and after becoming fed up with politics as usual decides to run for president. But what seems initially as a funny stunt takes off as a grassroots movement that puts him on the ballot and in the White House.. Also with Laura Linney, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum and Lewis Black. Directed by Barry Levinson. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss. Men and women dance together.
 A man pinches his own clothed nipple and grabs his crotch while telling a joke.
 A woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage, a woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, and a woman wears a low-cut dress.
 A man tells jokes to an audience and calls it "foreplay." A man talks about masturbation in several scenes and jokes about having gone to a prostitute. A man makes a remark about wanting a "lesbian cabinet" so that he can imagine what they are doing behind closed doors. A man tells several jokes that include crude sexual references and innuendo. A man talks about a presidential candidate saying that he wanted to hear his opponent, "deny having sex with animals." A man makes jokes about breast implants and birth control. Two men admire a woman and one comments about her being "cute." Two people make jokes about throwing panties at famous people. A man proposes marriage to a woman he just met (she declines).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A truck crashes into a telephone booth where a woman is making a phone call (we see the woman with bloody scratches on her face in an ambulance).
 A man grabs a woman from behind and injects her with a hypodermic needle (the woman falls unconscious and twitches briefly).
 A man grabs a woman by the arm, he tries to force her into a car, and she slams him in the face with the car door (we see his bloody nose) and runs away. A woman finds two men in her motel room, and she runs and races away in her car.
 People paintball in woods and one man is shot repeatedly (no one is hurt).
 A woman investigates a noise she heard in her house and walks through darkened rooms (she does not find anyone).
 A man talks to a woman in a threatening manner. A woman is angry and complains loudly while ordering coffee. A woman spills a cup of coffee and becomes extremely agitated.
 A man collapses while walking along a street, and he complains of being short of breath (he is diagnosed with emphysema and heart disease). We see a man in a hospital bed with oxygen tubes in his nose. A woman is taken away in an ambulance and we see her in the hospital later.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 11 sexual references, 16 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling, 15 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - After a breakdown a woman is hospitalized and we are told that the drug levels in her blood were extremely high. People drink wine at dinners and party scenes. A man is diagnosed with emphysema, and continues smoking in many scenes. A man talks about having smoked marijuana.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Politics, Democracy, democratic process, greed, success, political issues, airport security, guilt, lobbyists, doing the right thing, conspiracy, real security vs. the illusion of security, fraud, perception of legitimacy, perfectionism, conspiracy, honesty, credibility, malfunctioning voting machines, same sex marriage, patriotism, freedom of speech and religion, creationism, accountability, responsibility of government, mental instability.

MESSAGE - Different is good. To get people's attention you have to make an impression. "Irreverence is the champion of liberty."

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