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They Came Together | 2014 | R | - 7.4.5

When a man (Paul Rudd) meets a woman (Amy Poehler), they instantly hate each other since his company intends to shut down her small independent candy shop and he longs for his ex-girlfriend (Cobie Smulders). Nevertheless, the two adversaries fall in love, break up and she dates her milquetoast accountant (Ed Helms). Also with Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Max Greenfield and Christopher Meloni. Directed by David Wain. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man goes to a woman's apartment and another man walks in with flowers and candy, we see clothing strewn over the entryway and kitchen floors and hear loud grunting, screaming and banging sounds off-screen; the first man and the woman come out of the bathroom, nude and we see both in full back nudity as the woman rides around the man's waist by her legs and they fall into bed, he thrusts while a quilt covers them both from waist to knees (we see their bare shoulders and arms and his bare chest) and the other man leaves, upset.
 A younger man hugs an older woman (his grandmother) in her apartment, they begin to kiss, and he pulls up her skirt in close-up to reveal young buttocks and thighs; they stop, he shudders and the scene ends.
 A man's ex-girlfriend wearing a mini-negligee (revealing cleavage and partial buttocks) stands in his apartment, they kiss passionately, fall onto a bed and the lights dim; we see a taller man and a taller woman in silhouette, their shadowed figures performing acrobatics and sexual thrusting upside down, against the wall, across the bed and in the air as a small spotlight shines on her high heels and his bare feet; finally, the woman jumps onto the man as he lies on the bed and thrusts quickly, ending the scene (we see only outlines of what appear to be nude bodies).
 A man and a woman kiss passionately in an apartment, knocking over shelving, breaking knick-knacks and throwing vases; the camera cuts to the next morning, where they are fully dressed and lying in bed, with lips together, not asleep, while underwear from a dresser drawer that spilled is shown strewn on the floor.
 In two scenes, a man and a woman begin to kiss and stop, saying they should not kiss. A woman kisses another woman on the lips briefly and says she received no vibes from the kiss. At a party, a man kisses a woman on the lips briefly. A man and a woman stick their tongues out at a party and lick tongues.
 A man in a shower scene is shown from the waist up above the frame and aims the handheld showerhead at his groin and smiles, suggesting sexual stimulation. An elderly woman opens her dress to reveal a slip and cleavage and asks a young man if he wants to see her naked and says, "Take me," and he says no; an elderly man comes out from behind draperies and says that his daughter's boyfriends usually bend his wife (the older woman) back onto the sideboard and "funk" her. A man and a woman are both on the rebound from failed relationships when friends introduce them at a party, hoping they will date (sex is implied).
 A man at a party says that he masturbates (using crude terms) and sleeps rather soundly. A woman speaking to her father on the phone at her work says that a boyfriend went down on her and she climaxed "in like a second"; we later hear that the man who "went down" is another woman's ex-husband that is in jail and we see that when he is released from prison, he proposes to his ex-wife, who refuses and just left another man at the altar; a third man proposes to her and she accepts, but we hear that they get divorced and then see them agree to remarry. A man tells male friends that love is only for "getting laid" and access to sexual intercourse. A woman says that New York City is like a boyfriend and she does not need a man. A man says that having a stinky bowl movement is better than having sex. A woman says that candy is better than sex. A man asks a woman if she is on her period and if she has ever given herself a PAP smear. A woman asks a man, "Would you like to have a cup of me?" (she means "have coffee"). We hear that a woman is divorced, that she has a 6-year-old son and that her ex-husband is in jail. A man says that he was married and it did not work out. At a restaurant, a man asks his wife for a divorce as a joke and she is horrified until he laughs. A man says that he was wrestled to the ground by Halloween celebrators and asked, "Dicks or teats?" A man talks about his ex-girlfriend continually. Two men look at a man and a woman sitting together in the window of a coffee shop and smile wistfully at the other couple. A man asks a female client, "How is your love life?" and we hear that he is divorced, because his wife ran off with his brother, who works at the desk right behind him. A man asks a woman if she fakes orgasms and she says no, she only fakes her identity and then takes off a mask to reveal herself as Judge Judy.
 At a costume party, a man and a woman wear thick body suits with large felt leaves covering breast areas and groins (both people are thin). A woman wears a short sleeved, very short-legged pajama set that reveals nearly full bare legs to the upper thighs. A few women wear low-cut, short dresses that reveal moderate cleavage, thighs and legs. A man exits a washroom (we hear flushing) and he zips his pants on screen (no flesh is seen).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man runs toward a crowd and swings a long sword at another man, who fights back with fists finally knocking the first man down; two police officers arrest the offender and one officer shoots him pointblank in the face with a pistol (we see a flash, but no blood or smoke as the offender falls).
 A man and a woman play in autumn leaves and do not notice the head and shoulders of a clothed dead woman that has turned blue. A man falls through a loudly shattering plate glass window in his upper story office and hangs from the ledge, unhurt; we do not see his rescue, but he is uninjured in the rest of the film. A woman falls down a flight of stairs, rolling to the lower floor and gets up unharmed. A woman hit in the face with a football has a bloody nose.
 Several arguments occur between a man and a woman about big corporations versus the independent businessperson. A very loud argument occurs between two brothers about their childhood and we hear that their parents are dead. We hear that a woman's grandmother is dead and is missed. An accountant tells a woman that her candy shop has corporate breast cancer and only six months to live; she gasps. In three scenes, an arrogant French restaurant server talks down to customers and wears a long metal pole up his rear, knocking things off tables.
 Halloween costumes at a party include vampires with bloody mouths and tall skeletons. A taxi splashes a man with puddle water.
 A man says that he throws up on the New York Times on Sunday mornings after spending Saturday nights out (presumably in a bar). At a party, a man wearing a tight superhero costume runs into a bathroom and cannot get the costume off, grabbing his bottom and dancing; he finally sighs and appears to be defecating in his pants; later, he sits on a couch wearing a long robe and another man says there is a superhero costume in the bathroom full of excrement. A man sneezes on a dinner table and we see dust collect on it, but no bodily fluids.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 3 F-words, 1 sexual hand gesture, 15 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, lame, stupid, dumb, idiot, ridiculous, know it all, rude, corny, klutzy, evil, Eggfart, Eggflap, Mr. Perfect, Mr. Chronically Single, Mr. Thang, Mr. Put It All Together, jerk, sicko, knucklehead, Nazis, race-mixers, corporate drone, meat head, nightmare, beanbag, fussy), stereotypical references to men, women, married couples, LGBT, white supremacists, African Americans, Jews, Mexicans, the French, corporate workers, philanthropists, independent shop owners, accountants, CEOs, exclamations, 1 religious profanity (GD), 14 religious exclamations (Oh God, Oh My God, Oh Lordy, Jesus Christ, My God, God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A dozen prescription medication bottles sit on two end tables in an elderly woman's apartment, and a woman says that she became depressed and took pills (she does not state what kind). Many men and women drink from large glasses of wine in a restaurant in several scenes, men and women drink champagne as well as wine and cocktails at a party, men and women drink champagne in a corporate meeting room, a man drinks a glass of wine at home and a family drinks wine with dinner in a home, and a man goes into a bar and chugs a shot of whiskey and then a double shot of whiskey.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Working single women, single mothers, independent businesses, large corporations, greed, power, dream jobs, relationships, dating, sex, love, marriage, divorce/remarriage, incest, white supremacy, parodies.

MESSAGE - Some people take romantic comedies too seriously.

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