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OUR WORD TO PARENTS:Here's a quick look at the content found in this PG-13 rated comedy. Profanity is heavy due to at least 1 use of the "f" word, while other profanities and a few colorful phrases are present. Violence is extreme due to one accidental shooting death (with blood), attempts to kill others (resulting in fake blood) and other related activities.The mobsters in the film obviously have bad attitudes (although most everything's played for laughs--a point to which some may also take offense) and a few other moments may be offensive to particular viewers A few, brief sexually related comments/actions occur, and a woman wears a suggestive, cleavage-revealing outfit while several men are seen in their underwear. Some smoking and drinking occur, with one character being drunk at a reception.Beyond that, the film's remaining categories have little or no major objectionable content. Nonetheless, should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for anyone in your home, we suggest that you take a closer look at the detailed content listings.
QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Comedy: An English auctioneer living in New York must contend with the consequences of being accepted into his fiancee's mafia-based family.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
The success of "Analyze This" and the presence of Hugh Grant (along with Jeanne Tripplehorn and James Caan) may draw teenagers to this film.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For brief strong language, some violence and sensuality.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • HUGH GRANT plays a proper English art auctioneer who finds his life turned upside down when he must agree to certain mob demands to ensure his and his girlfriend's safety.
  • JEANNE TRIPPLEHORN plays his girlfriend, a high school teacher who doesn't want her father and his associates to corrupt Michael.
  • JAMES CAAN plays her father, a member of the mafia who finds himself in a tough situation concerning Michael, his daughter and his mob duties. He also cusses some.
  • BURT YOUNG plays the head of the mob family who orders the execution of several people.
  • JAMES FOX plays Michael's proper British boss who gets drunk at a wedding.
  • JOE VITERELLI plays Vito's tough guy henchman who smokes and is assigned to take care of the family's problem.
  • DETAILED CONTENT LISTING:
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    EXTREME
    Disrespectful/Bad Attitude | Violence |

    HEAVY
    Guns/Weapons | Profanity |

    MODERATE
    Alcohol/Drugs | Blood/Gore | Sex/Nudity | Smoking |

    MILD/MINOR/NONE
    Frightening/Tense Scenes | Topics To Talk About | Imitative Behavior | Music (Scary/Tense) | Tense Family Scenes | Jump Scenes | Music (Inappropriate) |

    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE: MODERATE
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  • We see liquor bottles behind the bar in Frank's restaurant and see Vito drinking wine with his dinner.
  • People have drinks at a reception.
  • People have drinks in a restaurant (including a friend of Gina's who has wine) where two thugs order beer, as does Michael trying to act like a mob member.
  • Vinnie has wine.
  • People have drinks at another reception where Cromwell is drunk.
  • BLOOD/GORE: MODERATE
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  • We see a painting of Jesus holding a machine gun with a dead person lying on the ground below him (with blood and bullet holes), as well as a later painting showing a person who's apparently tied up and has been hit by arrows fired from two people (and is also a bit bloody).
  • After a person is accidently shot and killed, we see a pool of blood on the floor around their body. Later, we see two people removing the body that's now covered by black plastic trash bags.
  • We briefly see another dead man with a bullet hole in his head (but no blood).
  • Fake blood squirts out onto someone from a squib, and later does the same for some people who seem to be shot (and we then see the fake "blood" on their clothing).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE: EXTREME
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  • Some truckers delivering artwork/paintings are mean/intimidating to Michael and are apparently always late and never deliver everything they're supposed to.
  • Although it's played for laughs not aimed at her, some Asians could possibly take offense at the portrayal of an older Chinese woman who runs a Chinese restaurant. Likewise, Italian Americans might be offended by the film's portrayal of them as mobsters.
  • Vito and his "family" (including Frank) have both for being involved in organized crime (murder, money laundering, etc...) and coercing Michael into participating. Later, they also want Frank to kill someone or they'll harm his daughter.
  • Michael lies to Gina about his unwilling involvement with the mob (but does so trying to protect her from it).
  • Some viewers may find the film's use of mob-related activities (murder, money laundering, etc...) for humor as being in bad taste.
  • The same holds true for a painting we see of Jesus holding a machine gun with a dead person lying on the ground below him, as well as a later painting showing a person who's apparently tied up and has been hit by arrows fired from two people.
  • Johnny always parks in front of a fire hydrant.
  • Frank breaks into a woman's house.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES: MILD
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  • Some scenes listed under "Violence" may also be tense to some viewers, but most are played in a lighthearted, comical fashion.
  • Some may find a scene where a character announces he's come to "bump off" another character as a bit tense, but it's only played for laughs and not purposeful tension. The same holds true for a later scene where after a comically tense setup, it appears that some people are shot and killed, but everyone turns out okay in the end.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS: HEAVY
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  • Handguns/Machine guns, etc...: Used to threaten, kill or seemingly kill several people (and also carried by the authorities). See "Violence" for details.
  • We see a painting of Jesus holding a machine gun with a dead person lying on the ground below him, as well as a later painting showing a person who's apparently tied up and has been hit by arrows fired from two people.
  • Frank gives Michael a handgun that inevitably and repeatedly falls or slips out of his clothing in a restaurant.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR: MINOR
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  • Due to crowd noise/laughter, the following should be considered a minimum.
  • Phrases: "Chickensh*t," "Idiot," "Shut up," "Jerk," "Screw up" and "Bloody."
  • Instead of reporting an accidental homicide, some characters let the mob take care of disposing of the body.
  • JUMP SCENES: NONE
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    None.
    MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE): MINOR
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  • A tiny bit of tense music plays near the end of the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE): NONE
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    None.
    PROFANITY: HEAVY
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  • Due to crowd noise/laughter, the following should be considered a minimum.
  • At least 1 "f" word (with another possible one), 2 "s" words, 8 hells, 4 asses (all used with "hole"), 1 damn and 13 uses of "Oh my God," 11 of "My God," 4 of "G-damn," 2 each of "For Christ's sakes," "Swear to God" and "Jesus" and 1 use each of "God" and "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY: MODERATE
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  • Due to crowd noise/laughter, the following should be considered a minimum (as far as any sexually related comments are concerned).
  • A painting at one of the auctions shows a large woman lying on her stomach with her bare butt exposed. Later, we see some mob paintings that show a person wearing just a fig leaf and another in a bikini.
  • Gina shows some cleavage at a reception, as does a friend of hers.
  • Desperate to do anything to prevent Gina from seeing one of the mob paintings behind her in his office, Michael tries to divert her attention while she talks on the phone. As such, he runs his hands across his clothed nipples in a suggestive fashion, and then drops his pants and then rubs and shakes his rear end at her (we see him in his boxers).
  • As Michael and Frank pose in their tuxes, we see Ritchie in just his tightfitting briefs.
  • Gina comes walking out to greet Michael wearing a low-cut, sexy outfit that shows a lot of cleavage and we then see the two of them kissing.
  • A woman sits on Michael's lap in a restaurant and he passionately kisses her so as not to be recognized by someone else who's there. After that and thinking he's a mob guy from Kansas City, she says, "Kansas City, here I come" and runs her hand down to his clothed crotch (but ends up activating his tape recorder instead).
  • Gina shows cleavage in a dress she's wearing.
  • A mob guy walks into the bathroom where he sees the feet of Michael and Cromwell in a bathroom stall (with Michael behind Cromwell but facing the same direction). The guy then makes a comment about the English ("It figures as much") as we hear Michael tell Cromwell "Stuff it in there" (referring to something nonsexual).
  • SMOKING: MODERATE
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  • Vinnie smokes around five times, while Frank and an FBI agent smoke once and an opposing mob member carries around an unlit cigar.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES: MINOR
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  • Frank briefly mentions his wife dying when Gina was much younger.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT: MILD
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  • How pervasive the mob is in today's world and the way it used to be.
  • Using the mob and their activities for laughs.
  • VIOLENCE: EXTREME
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  • Gina's doorman playfully punches Michael in the gut several times.
  • We hear that Vinnie served time in prison for some murders and Gina mentions that there were some shootings at school last week (but we only hear and don't see anything about them).
  • We see a painting of Jesus holding a machine gun with a dead and bloody person lying on the ground below him, as well as a later painting showing a person who's apparently tied up and has been hit by arrows fired from two people.
  • Although we don't see any of it, we hear that the mob guys have burned down a building.
  • As Michael forcibly tries to escort Johnny from their place, the thug pulls out a gun. He then punches Michael in the gut, hits him again and then repeatedly slams a lamp across his back. Gina then fires a warning shot into the air that ricochets and strikes Johnny, killing him (somewhat played for laughs).
  • Frank exchanges gunfire with some thugs until both parties recognize each other and stop (this while the other two guys are preparing to bury their latest victim, just like Frank).
  • Michael and Frank struggle at a door as the former believes the latter is going to kill a neighbor of his for being a witness.
  • With his gun slipping down his pants leg, Michael flings out his leg and the gun goes flying. It then hits a server in the gut who then falls to the ground.
  • A person fires a shot at another person but misses. Another person then fires a shot at a fourth person, striking them, drawing blood and sending them falling to the floor. Others then rush in and shoot that third person who also appears to be struck and killed. In the end, however, everyone is okay and no one is killed.
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