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The Weather Man | 2005 | R | - 7.3.10

A successful Chicago weatherman (Nicolas Cage) may have hit the big time when a national morning television show calls him for an audition. However, his personal life is in disarray: Having gone through a bitter divorce, his two children are troubled, and his brilliant, Pulitzer Prize winning father (Michael Caine) is dying from cancer. Also with Hope Davis, Gemmenne de la Peña and Nicholas Hoult. Directed by Gore Verbinski. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman have sex: she is on top of the man bouncing up and down frantically, and her bare breasts bounce out of the top of her dress (we hear her moaning).
 We see several quick glimpses of women wearing tight fitting bottoms that accentuate their pubic region. Young women marching in a parade wear skimpy majorette costumes that reveal legs and cleavage.
 A man admires a woman's clothed buttocks and we hear that he is thinking about having sex with her. A man and a woman, who are no longer married, talk about the woman's technique in terms of oral sex. A man talks about having "a thing about pornography on the internet" and that he "got pre-occupied" with it.
 We hear that a man makes sexual advances toward a teenage boy. A man tells a teenage boy to take his shirt off so that he can photograph him (we see the boy bare-chested).
 A man talks to his adult son about children, calling his daughter names and referring to a part of her anatomy in crude terms. A man imagines his pre-teenage daughter with a large camel's foot below her waist.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man throws a camera and hits another man in the face, he then punches him, the two men fall down a flight of stairs, he continues to punch the man a few more times and then leaves him with a bloody nose -- while he has bloody knuckles. A man slaps another man across the face with his gloves.
 A man throws a snowball and hits a woman in the face. A man in a car throws an apple pie at a man walking along a street, and the man who's been hit chases the car and smears the pie back in the face of the man who threw it. A man throws a milkshake from a car and hits a man who's walking along the sidewalk. Someone in a passing car throws a soda through a man's car window, covering the man with the beverage.
 A man taking target practice with a bow and arrows aims at a man. Several people shoot arrows at targets in a few scenes.
 A man and a woman argue bitterly. A woman yells at a man in several scenes and he yells at her in several scenes. Two men argue while standing in a line.
 A man tells his son that he has only months to live and that he has lymphoma. Two pre-teenage girls talk about wanting to "burn" another girl.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 51 F-words, 8 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 22 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (jerk), 2 religious profanities, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a teenage boy has "trouble with pot" and that he has undergone rehabilitation. A man gives an underage boy a beer (we don't see the boy drink it), and a man drinks alcohol in a few scenes. A 12-year-old girl buys and smokes cigarettes in several scenes, and a man smokes a cigarette in a couple of scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dissatisfaction, disappointment, teenage substance abuse, obesity in young people, being selfish, depression, terminal illness, death of a parent, lymphoma, sexual predators, pedophilia, fresh starts, celebrity, divorce, family, quitting, selflessness, being resolute.

MESSAGE - Nothing meaningful is easy.

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