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This Christmas | 2007 | PG-13 | - 5.4.4

A family comes together for Christmas and each member seems to arrive with a secret or an agenda. As the visit gets underway, the secrets begin to come to light and the family actually becomes closer because of the strife. With Delroy Lindo, Laz Alonso, Chris Brown, Loretta Devine, Idris Elba and Regina King. Directed by Preston Whitmore. [1:57]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A wife wearing a bra and panties comes into a bedroom where her husband is in bed, she tries to seduce him, he pretends to be asleep, and she climbs in bed and they go to sleep. A wife wears bra and panties covered by a sheer cover-up and lies in bed; her husband enters the room and assumes that this is an invitation for sex and goes to shower (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman wrapped in a towel (cleavage and her bare shoulders are visible) kisses a man wearing a robe. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie. A young woman climbs in bed with a young man (he is bare-chested) and they snuggle. A man takes off his shirt to shower (we see him bare-chested). A man is shown bare-chested in bed, and a bare-chested young man is shown getting out of bed.
 A young woman tests her vibrator, her mother asks her if she needs batteries and the young woman is embarrassed.
 A young man and a young woman kiss passionately, she leads him into a laundry room, he sits on the washer, they continue to kiss and caress each other, people enter the kitchen, which is just outside the laundry room, and the kissing couple comes out trying to hide what they have been up to.
 A husband and wife kiss. A woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 A man and a woman leave a club together, and she comes home in the morning and it is implied that they stayed together and had sex the night before.
 A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit asks a woman to sit on his lap and asks if she was "naughty or nice," and then asks her for some sugar.
 A woman says, "we didn't sleep together" about a man she spent the night with and "we didn't sleep at all." A man and a woman listen to a song in a club and the man tells the woman that it is "sexy" and they dance. Men talk about trying not to imagine their mother having sex with a man. A woman tells another woman that her husband is cheating on her. A teenage boy sends kisses to someone over a telephone. A woman makes a remark about another woman having had sex with a man, by stating, "Santa already had Kelly's cookies." A woman tells her teenage son, "you're not gonna' be bringin' no babies in here."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man in a bathroom is shoved into a mirror, then held by one man and punched repeatedly by another; another man enters the bathroom and holds a gun on the two attackers, who then back off.
 A man kicks a man who makes a crude remark about his wife, and then holds a gun on another man who joins in.
 A man in a bar strikes a man on the head with a bottle, the man stumbles, and the other man runs out of the bar and onto a fire escape, evading the two men chasing him.
 A woman sprays a bathroom floor with baby oil, then entices her husband out of the shower and onto the floor, he steps on the floor, slips and falls, and she begins to whip him repeatedly with a belt for being unfaithful (he's wrapped in a towel).
 A man punches another man in the stomach twice (he bends over and gasps). Two women argue bitterly, and then shove and punch each other (one drives away angrily).
 A man is arrested for assault and taken to jail. A woman drives a car over a ravine (she is not in the car).
 A young woman's boyfriend is surrounded by the men in her family, who act threatening (the young man is unnerved, but nothing happens).
 Two sisters argue bitterly in a couple of scenes. A man is insulting to and dismissive of another man in several scenes. Someone says, "Some men are not fit to be married." We hear that a man left his family to follow his music.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 7 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (punks, stupid, pathetic, weak-willed, idiot), 8 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two women drink alcohol and one says she will continue drinking until a situation becomes funny, people drink beer and wine in several scenes, a woman drinks wine, people drink champagne, and people are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in a few bar scenes. A man smokes a cigarette in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, secrets, betrayal, love, marriage, divorce, infidelity, interracial relationships, AWOL, career vs. relationships, music, wandering, abandonment, disappointment, hatred, responsibility, justice, equality, traditions, acceptance, values, professional students, resentment, guilt, selfishness, inability to settle down.

MESSAGE - Relying on the strength of family can get us through many obstacles in life.

(Note: Two men discuss their belief in God and one says he doesn't believe in the god of the other man.)

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