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The Single Moms Club | 2014 | PG-13 | - 5.3.4

Several single moms (Nia Long, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Zulay Henao) become concerned about discipline at their children's private school and form a support group. The women take turns babysitting all their kids on weekends, while the rest of the club members visit karaoke bars and strip clubs. Also with Terry Crews, William Levy, Ryan Eggold and Tyler Perry. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man pursues a woman romantically but she is not interested in him, shouting at him to go away; he shows up at her workplace (a diner) and sings to her while bumping the counter with his groin as a flirting gesture, then presents her with a funeral wreath of flowers; one night he slams her against his pickup truck (bearing the sign "Body and Booty by Branson") and kisses her as they grab and push each other against the truck by turns, kissing passionately and the woman slaps the man's bald head in excitement several times as they both grunt and groan; she asks what he wants and he replies that he wants to love her to which she says, "You ain't getting' nuthin'" and "Don't play with me. I'm a woman" and he replies, "Well, I'm a man."
 A few women and girls wear short skirts that reveal legs to the mid-thigh. In different scenes, one of several women wears a low-cut top that bares significant cleavage. A larger woman wears clingy tops and leggings that hug her curves and her large bosom. A woman wears a tight knit dress that shows off a large bosom and buttocks.
 A woman and a man lie asleep in bed one morning (bare shoulders and arms are seen above the covers and sex is implied from the night before); they rise in the morning and hurry to get dressed (we see the woman wearing a bra and skimpy panties that reveal bare back, thighs, legs, arms, shoulders and cleavage while the man is shown wearing boxers only and we see his bare chest, back, shoulders arms and legs to the thigh).
 A woman reads "Fifty Shades of Gray" in her bedroom when a boyfriend tosses pebbles at her window; she looks out and he asks her to come down and as they talk he kisses her briefly. Several couples kiss briefly in several scenes.
 A woman stares at an attractive male neighbor as he mows his grass; her female friend tells her over a cell phone to put on a bikini and go ask to "whack his weeds" (have sex) and the friend's next advice is to say, "I'll have my tubes untied for a man who is fiscally responsible"; the friend then says to look to see if his feet are big (referring to genital size) and to stare at his zipper and look for a bulge in the crotch. A single mom and her male neighbor flirt with smiles and double-entendres about constructing a stage set and he uses the terms "pounding," "hit it," "plenty of wood," "I'll do anything you want"; she says she knows what she likes and what she wants until he begins to stutter and walks away, saying they'll talk later. A woman says to a man she meets, "[mild obscenity deleted], T.K., you fine!" A man drives to a woman's house one night and as she walks out on her balcony and he tells her he loves her four times. A woman wearing a short, tight black dress that hugs her curves and reveals moderate cleavage and bare legs to the mid-thigh walks into a car dealership where she tells her ex-husband (a salesman) that she has a boyfriend and to leave them alone.
 Five women say they will go to a Chippendales male strip show and the camera cuts to the women as they sit close to a sort of runway in a club and wave dollar bills and shout as a man's bared calves and feet walk by and stop.
 A little girl tells her mom that she knows when the mom has a boyfriend in the house overnight because the toilet seat is always up in the morning. A single mom discovers that her middle school daughter had her first menstrual period two months previously and is sad about now knowing about it. A teacher tells a mom that the mom's daughter was caught making out with a boy in the school restroom and the girl says the boy was not a very good kisser. A woman's ex-husband forbids her to have a boyfriend. We hear that a single mother used an anonymous sperm donor and the child is upset that she has no father.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman slaps a man hard in the face for standing too close to her (he is unhurt). A man at work calls a female publisher old and she slaps him in the face.
 Male business partners at a publishing house belittle a woman with seniority for having a child and she looks embarrassed. A woman argues loudly with another woman, screaming because her son ran away from the other woman's house late at night while babysitting; men and women searched for the boy without success and the mother screamed loudly and threw books and papers off a table, shouting at friends to get out of her house. A woman argues loudly with her ex-husband about raising their daughter according to a set of reasonable rules and about not giving the girl a cell phone, makeup and too much freedom. A woman argues with her boyfriend about her ex-husband's controlling behavior and interfering with their relationship. Five mothers of misbehaving preteens meet to discuss a school fundraiser they must organize to keep their kids from expulsion and get into a short argument about money and work. A woman tells a female friend that she will slap her if she asks her to become a maid. A mom and preteen son argue loudly about his spray-painting the side of his school and he tells her that he wants to live with his father, and then slams a bedroom door. A white woman shouts that an African-American woman visiting in a white friend's house must be planning to rob it; the African-American woman looks incredulous. A woman cries loudly as her baby screams for a few minutes and recovers. A woman argues with her middle school son, telling him that she will take him to the Mississippi and drop him in the desert; they argue about where the desert is located. A little girl tells her mother that she witnessed her father treating her badly when the parents were married. A mother says that her child's two older brothers are in prison for 25 years for armed robbery on a third strike conviction and that their dad is in prison forever. We hear about and see a picture of two preteen boys vandalizing their upscale school building with spray-paint graffiti. A preteen boy receives a detention for an unknown rule infraction.
 A preteen boy goes missing one night and returns the next morning when he says that he took a bus across town, where his estranged father took his money and his Gameboy, sold it for drug money and left him on the street alone at night; he says that he had to walk miles back home and that it took until morning, his mother shouts at him and they both cry for a few minutes. Several women cry briefly as they talk about making mistakes in raising their children.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 2 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, idiot, fool, stupid, weird, old, Big Black Wall, awful, horrible, momma's boy, brat, witch, jerk, lesbian), stereotypical references to men, women, single parents, preteens, poor blacks, rich whites, Hispanics, Jews, gays, racists, used car salesmen, workaholics, exclamations (Oh My Gosh), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Thank You Jesus, Oh God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a child's absent father is a drug addict, and we hear that a man stole a TV to sell for money to buy crack cocaine. Five women drink champagne in a toast at a party, glasses of beer are seen on tables and men drink from them while a few women hold glasses of cocktails at a party, a woman tells a female friend over the phone that they will have drinks later, five women drink from large glasses of wine in three group scenes at home, a woman says that she feels like she drank too much as she leaves to return home, we see bottles of rum and vodka on the back bar beside beer taps in a bar while beer bottles and a tall pink drink sit on the bar and beer bottles and cocktails sit in front of customers at tables (no one is seen drinking), we see bottles of liquor along the back bar with cocktails on the bar top and beer bottles and cocktails on tables at a karaoke bar as a few men and women sip from their drinks, and a man tells a bartender to get a woman a drink and that "She needs one." We see a picture of four preteen girls smoking behind their school, a housekeeper tells a preteen girl that smoking at middle school age will cause her to fail to develop boobs, a man sits at a bar with a large cigar in his mouth but does not smoke or drink, and a woman stands in the doorway of a rundown house and smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Families, divorce, absent fathers, sperm donation, single parenthood, blended families, ambition, workaholics, school problems, crime and punishment, racial tensions, loneliness, friendship, community support.

MESSAGE - Single parents need to help one another.

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