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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Chance kisses Shirley M., which she naturally interprets as him being interested in her sexually; he is really mimicking what actors are doing in a kissing scene as he watches it on TV. He abruptly stops kissing her when the scene ends, which confuses her.

Confused, McClaine asks him what he likes. He replies, "I like to watch", referring to TV. She thinks he means he likes to watch others engaging in sexual activities. McClaine's character masturbates, replete with moaning sounds of pleasure, while on the floor beside the bed upon which Chance is sitting. There is no nudity. (She does not know that Chance is watching TV instead of watching her.) This scenario would be confusing to children.

There is one scene in which a man asks Chance if he has ever had sex with another man.

There is a joke about genital size.

Shirley M. climbs on Chance on his bed and kisses him. She moves his hand up under her dressing gown and places his hand on her leg.

Profanity includes: 2 instances occurrences of the "damn"; 3 uses of "shit"; 1 use of "hell"; 7 uses of "ass"; & 2 uses of "bastard".

Other profanity: "chickenshit", "asshole". Blasphemy using God's name in vain occurs: multiple times.

As the closing credits roll, bloopers from a scene that does not appear in the movie are played: Sellers, while lying on a gurney, tries in vain to recite the "message" given by the gang leader, which includes quite a bit of swearing.

The occasional cigarette, as well as casual drinking of alcohol, occurs throughout the movie.

No illicit drug use.

Suggested rating: PG-13 for language, & for the more suggestive/graphic sexual content (i.e., McClaine's masturbation scene may cause embarrassment of younger viewers).

Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Canada:14A / Finland:K-12 / France:Tous publics / Iceland:L / Netherlands:AL / Norway:12 (1980) / Singapore:PG / South Africa:PG / Sweden:11 / UK:AA (original rating) / UK:12 (video re-rating) (2003) / UK:15 (video rating) (1986) / USA:PG (certificate #25878) / West Germany:6

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