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The Perfect Man | 2005 | PG | - 4.2.1

An unmarried woman (Heather Locklear) and her two daughters change addresses every time the woman goes through a romantic break up. They have moved a lot over the years, and one of the daughters (Hilary Duff) has had enough. In order to try to make her mother stay put and boost her self-esteem, she invents the perfect man -- an imaginary secret admirer who communicates through e-mails, notes, and gifts. When the lies compound themselves, the daughter has to produce a real man, and a local restaurateur (Chris Noth) seems to fit the bill. Also with Aria Wallace and Caroline Rhea. Directed by Mark Rosman. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes, a young woman wears an evening gown that is off-the-shoulder and reveals bare shoulders, back and cleavage, a woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage, and a woman wears short tops that reveal her bare abdomen. A young girl takes a bath and we see her bare shoulders above the bubbles. Several bare-chested men are shown at a football game, and a man's bare stomach is shown when his shirt pulls up.
 A young woman gets the attention of construction workers by holding up a sign and wiggling her hips, and a woman dances and wiggles her hips. A young man and a young woman kiss, and a man and a woman kiss.
 A man talks about having had an effect on a woman when he told her that he was interested in her; he uses animal references like, "its like a lioness letting the lion know she's ready" and "she's all puffed up like a peacock." A young man confesses to a young woman that he likes her. A man confesses to the woman he is dating that he has had several sexual affairs with other women.
 A man serenades a woman and asks her to marry him. A man flirts with a woman and asks her out on a date. A man flirts with men in several scenes and makes remarks alluding to his being gay.
 A woman remarks at how a young woman has grown up since she last saw her; she motions to her chest and says, "You got your little speed bumps." A young woman says that her mother should be fined for "reckless flirting."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman punches a man in the face, and a man and a woman argue, and she hits him in the face with a cake. A young woman sets off a fire alarm that turns on the sprinkler system in a crowded restaurant and all of the people in the restaurant are soaked.
 A man climbs up a fire escape and along a window ledge, he slips and dangles for a moment, and then he gets back on the ledge and continues across to another fire escape. A young woman climbs up and down a fire escape a few times, and the last time she stumbles through a window and lands hard on the floor.
 A young woman yells at a young man, and a man and a young woman argue over a flower.
 A young woman talks about watching "Bambi" when "the mother gets killed by the male hunter." A young woman says that people "lose their 'skin virginity' by the 5th grade," meaning that they all have several body piercings and tattoos.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 2 sexual references (virginity, with references to "skin virginity"), 1 mild scatological term, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink beer and other alcoholic drinks at a bar, and people drink alcohol at a restaurant and at a football game.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Single parenting, unrequited love, peer pressure, running away, disappointment, lies, betrayal, homosexuality, marriage, infidelity, aging, fear of being alone, cynicism, desperation, bad relationships, divorce, hope.

MESSAGE - Every day holds the potential for beauty; running away only makes you miss out on finding happiness.

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