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Welcome to Mooseport | 2004 | PG-13 | - 4.3.3

Gene Hackman plays a former -- but still popular -- U.S. President who moves to a small town in Maine and is convinced to run for Mayor. The town's hardware store owner and plumber (Ray Romano) has also put his name on the ballot, and to complicate matters further, the two men are also competing for the affections of the same woman (Maura Tierney). Also with Christine Baranski, Marcia Gay Harden and Fred Savage. Directed by Donald Petrie. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss several times, a woman kisses a man, and a man and a woman hug. A man moves toward a woman for a kiss, she puts her hand out and they shake hands. Two dogs have sex (we see their heads bobbing rhythmically) and a man watches. A man asks a woman why she is wearing a certain color of underwear (he peeked under her dress while fixing her sink drain), then they discuss what certain colors of underwear may suggest. A man says to a woman, "we can take a shower," and a man says to a woman "and then we...you know." Someone asks a woman "have you and the President had sex yet?" Two men compete for a woman (they play a round of golf for her). A woman asks a man out on a date. A woman wears a tight-fitting, low-cut sweater with a campaign pin on her chest and asks a man if he "likes it." A woman wears a low-cut dress revealing cleavage. A man jogs completely nude (except for socks and sneakers) in a few scenes; we see him from the back (seeing his bare buttocks), the side briefly, and from the front with private parts covered by a large banner.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man punches a man in the face, they struggle and fall to the floor, a tarp falls on top of them, then a ladder falls on them twice (we see one with a bruised nose and the other with a bruised lip). A man imagines lunging at a woman with a knife. A man is shoved against a wall by two secret service agents. A man is hit by a stray golf ball, a man hits a golf ball that hits a sign and bounces back toward him. A woman punches a man in the arm several times (he winces), a woman shoves a man to the ground several times (he moans). A secret service man says "we could eliminate him...make it look like an accident." A man tells two secret service men to "break his legs" and they chase a man out of a room. A man yells at a group of men and two women yell at each other. A woman calls a man names in several scenes. A donkey dangles from a slip that hangs from beneath a flying first-aid/rescue helicopter. A woman reacts negatively to a man's odor after he apparently has repaired a septic tank.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 3 sexual remarks, 6 scatological terms (2 mild), 1 anatomical term, 15 mild obscenities, 10 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol, and in a couple of scenes the characters appear drunk.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Popularity, politics, greed, honesty, luck, responsibility, egotism, divorce, negotiations, risk taking, commitment, credibility, planning one's future, selflessness, environmental issues, principles, flaws, power.

MESSAGE - Honesty is the best policy.

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