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While there are no scenes of sex or nudity, a man spends much of his time pursuing unencumbered sexual relationships, developing schemes and fictional lives that ingratiate him with different women. A woman climbs onto a man's lap and they kiss passionately. A man and woman kiss a few times and a man hugs a woman. A woman wears an outfit that exposes her bare back, and a woman wears a shirt that exposes her cleavage. A group of women discuss their ex-husbands' infidelities in a support group meeting. A girl puts her arm around a boy. A man talks to a 12-year-old boy about sex. There is sexual innuendo: a man says to a woman: "my place or yours," a woman says "I slept with his father and 9 months later..."

A woman lies unconscious on a sofa with a puddle of vomit on the floor next to her (she had tried to commit suicide and her young son discovered her). A duck is hit by a large loaf of bread and we see the duck belly-up in a pond. A boy yells at another boy and threatens him. We see a couple of fight scenes from "Xena: Warrior Princess" on a TV and two women fight some men with kicking and punching (not much is really discernable). A boy is hit in the head with a ball and a man is hit in the head with a ball. Schoolmates tease and abuse a boy in several scenes: they call him names, insult him, laugh at him, chase him, throw things at him and steal his shoes. There is a lot of tension caused by a young boy feeling the need to keep his mother from trying to commit suicide.

2 F-words, 8 sexual references (many of which are British and may be unfamiliar to U.S. audiences), 17 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 30 mild obscenities (many of which are also British), 23 religious exclamations, name-calling.

People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes, and a man talks about getting "drunk and stoned."

Contains suicide and depression themes.

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some thematic elements
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Austria:10 / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PG / Denmark:7 / Finland:S / France:Tous publics / Germany:6 / Iceland:L / Malaysia:U / Netherlands:AL / Norway:A / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:15 (TV rating) (2015) / South Korea:12 (cinema/DVD rating) (2002) / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) / UK:12 / USA:TV-14 (cable rating) / USA:PG-13 (certificate #38482)

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