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Phat Girlz | 2006 | PG-13 | - 6.3.4

Mo'Nique Imes stars as a woman who has become bitter over the years because of the humiliation that she suffered when being harassed and teased ceaselessly about being overweight. When she wins a trip to a resort and meets a Nigerian doctor who falls in love with her, she sabotages the relationship because she does not believe he's being genuine. Also with Godfrey Danchimah, Joyful M'Chelle Drake, Kendra C. Johnson, Jimmy Jean-Louis. Directed by Nnegest Likke. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman have sex: she is sitting on top of him and he pulls her blouse open revealing cleavage and a bra, and they kiss and moan.
 A man and a woman have sex: we see her bare shoulders and his bare shoulders and back as he presses her up against a wall, and he thrusts and they both moan.
 A man and a woman have sex in a bathtub: they are partially covered by bubbles (her bare shoulders and legs are visible, as are his) and they kiss passionately.
 In a dream a woman removes her robe and is wearing a low-cut corset (we see her bare shoulders and cleavage), several men on their hands and knees crawl toward her with their tongues wagging, she moans, and we see her in bed thrusting her hips and moaning as another woman tries to wake her up.
 A man and a woman kiss in bed, they are covered by sheets and the lights are off: the woman pulls back the sheets, turns on the lights and caresses the man's chest while telling him that she wants to "see him," and they kiss. A man and a woman are in bed wrapped in sheets when another woman opens the door. A man feeds a woman with his fingers (it appears sensual).
 A woman wears a small top and short shorts that reveal cleavage, part of her bare buttocks, bare abdomen, shoulders and thighs. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal deep cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a thong bikini that reveals bare buttocks and she bends over to call attention to her buttocks while talking to a man. There are billboards depicting women wearing bikinis that accentuate part of their bare buttocks. Several bare-chested men wearing loincloths (the side of bare buttocks are visible) are shown carrying a woman on a chaise lounge. A woman wears a towel wrapped around her in a massage room (bare shoulders and cleavage are visible). Three women admire a man in swim trunks as he walks toward them.
 A man and a woman kiss and two other women chant "consummate." A man tells a woman that he wants to "get to know a woman like no man has ever known her." A man tells a woman that if he had his way she "would be naked all the time." A woman makes references to having sex with a man. A woman makes sexually suggestive remarks about a man in a few scenes.
 A woman goes into a man's hotel room with him (presumably to have sex).
 Men and women dance together, with some suggestive moves, in several nightclub scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman punches a young man in the nose and he falls to the floor. A girl punches a girl in the nose (we see the girl lying on the ground with a bloody nose).
 A woman punches the head off a mannequin, and the head flies out a window and hits another woman, who's walking on the street below, in the head. A man punches the head off a mannequin.
 A woman pulls a man's hairpiece off and throws it, she begins to climb across his desk to assault him, and she is carried out of the building by two security guards.
 Several scenes show girls teasing a girl about being overweight. A young man and a woman exchange "fat" and "ugly" jokes.
 A woman runs into another woman and spills a soda on her. A woman throws the limbs of a mannequin and then a television set out a window, and she throws things around her room.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 1 F-word derivative spelled out in symbols, 11 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 32 anatomical terms, 50 mild obscenities, name-calling (fatty, skinny), 16 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a few club scenes, and three women drink champagne. A woman drinks wine from a bottle and has apparently been drinking quite a bit because she says she feels ill.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Weight issues, standards of beauty, love, dreams, goals, aspirations, niche markets, suspicion, trust, jealousy, anger, chauvinism, intimidation, respect, insecurity, confidence, female circumcision, malnutrition.

MESSAGE - Accepting ourselves for who and what we are allows us to love ourselves and others.

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