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Scoop | 2006 | PG-13 | - 5.3.4

A recently departed British reporter is determined to have someone follow a hot tip even though he is dead, and manages to inspire a young college journalist (Scarlett Johansson) who thinks she has landed the biggest scoop of the century, the identity of the "Tarot Card Killer." But she soon falls in love with the subject of her exposé. Also with Hugh Jackman, Ian McShane, Woody Allen and Kevin McNally. Directed by Woody Allen. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a younger woman kiss and then we see him in bed, presumably after they have had sex (the man is bare-chested and the young woman is wrapped in a towel after showering) and they kiss. A man and a younger woman kiss (it is implied that they have sex), and we see them sleeping in bed together (he is bare-chested).
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, a man is bare-chested, wearing swim trunks, and a young woman wears a man's shirt (reveals cleavage and bare legs).
 A man and a younger woman kiss, and a man kisses a younger woman on the cheeks. A man and a younger woman flirt.
 A man tells a younger woman that she has a sensual quality and tries to kiss her. A young woman confesses that she got drunk and slept with an older man, whom she just met. A young woman talks about being willing to have a "roll in the hay" with an older man. A man tells a racy joke. A man makes a comment about another man's sexual skills. We hear about a serial murderer that preys on prostitutes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We hear a car crash and understand that the driver was killed. A young woman is thrown off a boat into a lake and left to drown.
 A dead woman (nothing gory is shown) talks about suspecting that she was murdered. The Grim Reaper stands at the front of a boat with people sitting on board (apparently the dead people are making their way across the river Styx).
 A young woman flails in a pool complaining of a cramp, and a man swims toward her and helps her out of the water. A man in a boat jumps overboard and swims away. People are gathered at a funeral.
 We hear a woman screaming in the street and hear that there has been a murder in her apartment building. We hear about a serial murderer that preys on prostitutes.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 9 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 2 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 14 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at a party, men drink alcohol and smoke while playing poker, men drink alcohol and smoke cigars, a man and a young woman drink alcohol, and a man drinks a beer. A woman smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, tarot cards, magic, serial murder, proof, responsible journalism, blackmail, prostitution, infidelity, anxiety, promiscuity, suspicion, narcissism, divorce.

MESSAGE - In murder mysteries things are rarely as they appear.

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