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The Producers | 2005 | PG-13 | - 6.3.3

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick bring their Broadway hit (which was itself based on Mel Brooks' 1968 film with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) to the big screen: Lane is a down-on-his-luck theater producer who is inadvertently convinced by his nerdy accountant (Broderick) that a theatrical flop can be more lucrative than a hit. Also with Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell and Gary Beach. Directed by Susan Stroman. [2:14]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman wearing a low-cut dress that is also cut high on the thigh (revealing cleavage, bare back, bare shoulders, bare thighs) sings and dances around a man, she ends up on top of a desk and when he helps her down, they rub against each other, fall behind a sofa and it is implied that they have sex (we see them kiss).
 A woman sings about, "if you've got it flaunt it" and with other lyrics like "showing my birthday suit" and dances suggestively while two men watch; she wears a dress that is low-cut revealing cleavage and bare back and is also slit high on the thigh revealing bare thigh and stocking top (the two men make a remark at the end of the dance suggesting that they are aroused).
 Two men hug a woman's bosom (one presses his head into her cleavage).
 A man dances into a room and his endowment appears to have been enhanced by padding under tight-fitting pants, creating a prominent protrusion. A man is bare-chested with jewels on his nipples and a man is shown bare-chested during a song and dance scene. Women in skimpy dance costumes dance on-stage (cleavage and bare thighs are revealed), women are shown in low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes, and women wear beaded dance costumes during a stage number and they dance with and around a man. We see posters of scantily clad women that reveals cleavage and bare legs. We see a statue of a nude male, and part of its genitals are visible.
 A woman invites a man into a hotel room, she lies back on the bed, and he goes into the room and closes the door behind him (it is implied that they have sex).
 An elderly woman asks a man if they can, "play a dirty little game": she describes the game using sexual terms, pushes the man onto a sofa and says, "I'll be gentle."
 A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes, and a man and a woman kiss in the background of a park scene.
 Many men sing and dance together -- it is suggested that they are homosexual, and they use effeminate gestures, wear leather costumes, etc. A man flirts with another man, a man calls another man "darling," and a man makes suggestive noises and looks at two men suggestively. During a dance scene one man thrusts his hips back and forth and bumps a man standing behind him in the crotch (the man being bumped has an expression that suggests that he likes it).
 A man talks about a "great big casting couch." A man sings a song about elderly women with whom he has romantic (and it is implied sexual) relationships in exchange for money. A man refers to several elderly women with terms like, "hold me, touch me," and "sex kitten." A woman says of a man, "he wouldn't do it unless we got married." A man talks about a "fire down below" and waves his hand over his crotch. A man gestures with his hands as if he is squeezing a woman's breasts.
 A man tells a woman, "we might have several positions for you" when she is applying for a job in his office. A man talks about "pitching woo" and calls women "nymphomaniacs."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man puts a gun to his head and pulls the trigger three times (it just clicks), and then throws the gun down, and it fires.
 Two men struggle over a book, one sits on the other, one hits the other in the stomach, another man enters the room and shoots a gun into the ceiling (no one is shot).
 A man throws water in another man's face then slaps him in the face hoping to snap him out of a fit he is having, but it does not work. A man slaps a man in the face, a man shoves a man, and a man grabs another man by the chains around his neck.
 A police officer holds a gun on a man. A man with a knife lunges at another man (in a stage production).
 A man hits another man on the arm. Two men run across a street and are nearly hit by cabs driving by.
 A man trembles when another man yells at him. A man dangles from the hook on the back of a door. A man opens a door crushing a cigar in the mouth of a man who's standing behind the door.
 A man swings a cat by the tail, and we hear the cat screeching. We hear clambering behind a door and a man calls out that he has broken his leg. We hear a noises and a ruckus and a man says, "I broke my other leg."
 Two women are knocked down by a crowd rushing out of a theater (they do not appear injured). A man falls over a sofa. A man collapses.
 A man yells at two men. A man yells and people in the room recoil. A man screams and runs from a man and he hyperventilates and quivers while rubbing a small piece of blanket cloth on his face. A man lying on a sofa covered by newspapers startles another man when he sits up and yells.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 36 sexual references, 5 scatological terms (3 in French, 1 in German), 3 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (twit, schmuck), 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks champagne and a woman smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Broadway productions, producing theatrical performances, fraud, sex for money, compulsion, homosexual stereotypes, superstition, charity vs. cheating, creative accounting, racism, Nazism, Hitler, timidity, fear, friendship, falsifying accounts, betrayal, cowardice, money making schemes, self-esteem, "master race."

MESSAGE - Even the most traumatic events in history can be used as comedic fodder.

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