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Think Like a Man | 2012 | PG-13 | - 5.2.5

Tired of trying to figure men out, four women (Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union) decide to behave just like them in the arena of love, after reading Steve Harvey's book "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man." The women apply the tenets of the book, but their men (Michael Ealy, Jeremy Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins and Romany Malco) realize what is happening and vow to fight back. Also with Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lewis, Sherri Shepherd, Wendy Williams and Chris Brown. Directed by Tim Story. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Three scenes in dim light feature a man and a woman tearing off each other's clothing and kissing, followed by a black screen and sex is implied. An elderly man dressed in a tank top, long shorts and a robe walks downstairs in a middle-aged woman's house (we see his bare lower legs); the woman wears a robe that reveals cleavage and sex is implied.
 In several scenes, a couple french kisses in close-up and we see tongues in each other's mouth; in three other scenes, other couples french kiss in close-up shots. Several couples embrace and kiss briefly.
 We see three men separately wearing long pajama bottoms and shirtless. In a bedroom scene, a woman alone wears only a skimpy tank top and panties, revealing cleavage and bare legs. Another bedroom scene shows a man and a woman under covers (we see their bare shoulders and arms). We see a party van from a strip club with two cartoon women on the side in wearing skimpy bikinis. Several women wear low-cut tank tops or low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage. Several women wear tight-fitting knit or leather dresses that reveal cleavage as well as most of the thighs and shoulders.
 A recently divorced man talks about finding a new girlfriend for sex and suggests to a male friend that he have sex with the friend's mom; the friend forbids it. A man tells a woman at breakfast, "It was amazing last night," implying sex. A woman tells her fiancé that their new couch is a virgin, because they have not had sex on it and the scene ends as they sit down on it. Throughout the film, several men and women talk about not having sex too soon in a new relationship and how each gender generally should treat the other. Several male friends speak of attending strip clubs with suggestive names but we do not see the clubs. A man tells other men that if their lips ever burn, it's an STD. A man says the only thing he wants from any woman is sex without a relationship.
 A cartoon farmer carries his wife into a bedroom, we see hands clutching sheets on the bed, and we hear moaning suggesting sex before the screen goes black; the screen changes to a cartoon image of a newspaper displaying thong underwear on three women's bottoms in close-up from behind.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two basketball teams speak harshly to each other in a gym and knock one another down, but no one is injured.
 Throughout the film, adults argue loudly: Four heterosexual couples argue about home décor, jobs, family and lying; two women fight over a book in a bookstore sale; people argue in a restaurant line about who is next; and one character picks fights with everyone he meets, calls them names and curses.
 A cartoon and voiceover depict a public circumcision among cavemen and we see a knife being raised above a boy with a scared expression on his face before the screen goes black.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 12 sexual references, 39 scatological terms, 37 anatomical terms, 29 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (fool, stupid, crazy, silly, dumb, whore, man-whore, Negro, boy, psycho, loser, Muslim, Oprah, sexist, traitor, colored girls, gigolo, stoned, high, gay, Porky), stereotypical references to blacks, whites, mulattos, blondes, men, women, gays, marriage, single mothers, business people, nerds, divorced people, domineering mothers, 10 religious profanities, 13 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman exhales a thick stream of smoke and she and a man discuss using a drug-filled bong and they later mention the bong again twice (we never see it), and a woman tells her fiancé that she's throwing out their couch because of its bong spills and cigarette burns. Several bar scenes show tables with bottles of beer, wine and liquor and men and women are shown drinking, several home scenes feature men or women drinking champagne or wine, a woman at home slurs her words and sways as if drunk, three restaurant scenes show people drinking wine and cocktails at lunch, and a party van carries six men inside that are drinking beer from bottles and rum from a full bottle.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, dating, premarital sex, family, responsibility, friends, honesty, work, alcohol and drug use, women in high paying jobs.

MESSAGE - A good marriage is more important than friends, hobbies and work, but can make all of them better.

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