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Admission [2013] [PG-13] - 4.3.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A career admissions officer (Tina Fey) at Princeton University is put to the test when she meets a passionate teen (Nat Wolff) wanting nothing more than to study at Princeton. She must decide how far she wants to push for his acceptance, but things become more complicated when she finds out that he might be the son that she gave up for adoption years before. Also with, Dan Levy, Paul Rudd, Wallace Shawn, Sarita Choudhury and Michael Sheen. Directed by Paul Weitz. [1:57]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss passionately and she unbuttons his shirt; they lie back while continuing to kiss and sex is implied as we see them later re-buttoning and adjusting their clothes. A man and a woman kiss passionately and we then see them in bed together (sex is implied); the man is sleeping and they are both covered with a sheet to just below the shoulders (we see bare shoulders and upper chest). A man and a woman lie in bed together while wearing pajamas and talk briefly.
 A man and a woman are shown showering in a shower room separated by a partition and we see their bare shoulders, back and upper chest. We see a woman sleeping on a sofa and covered to below the shoulders with a blanket and she makes a remark implying that she and a man had sex the previous night. A teen girl is shown wearing a gymnastics outfit consisting of a leotard and short shorts while performing gymnastics moves and poses on a woman's desk (we see bare legs and upper chest). Women are shown wearing low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in numerous scenes throughout the movie.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, and then pull away and act embarrassed. A man and a woman hug and kiss. A woman leans to kiss a man on the cheek and their lips meet for a split second. A young man and a young woman kiss at a college party. A woman awkwardly hugs a teen boy. A man kisses a woman's hand and asks her if she'd like a drink.
 A teen boy asks a woman sneaking out of his house after having had sex with his father, "Are you going to be my mom?" A man leaving a woman's mother's house says, "We didn't make it all the way to the bedroom" implying that they had sex on the sofa. A woman talks to her adult daughter about having a sexual encounter on a train that led to pregnancy and that "I knew I needed his sperm, but not him." A man tells a woman that her mother was "extremely hot." A woman asks her mother if she had breast augmentation. A young man tells another young man about a woman and says, "Dude, what a cougar."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman fires a shotgun toward another woman and a man; then she threatens to fire again if the man doesn't leave the woman alone and leave (he leaves).
 Several teens are shown falling through a hatch in the floor as they are denied admittance to a college. A man drops a statue on the floor and it shatters. A teen boy kicks a soccer ball that hits a man in the head (he seems unharmed). A woman knocks shelves off a wall in a walk-in pantry and food crashes to the floor (she is not harmed). A woman in a store tries to help another woman by holding her baby until the woman becomes upset thinking that she is trying to take the baby away from her; she yells at her and leaves abruptly with her child.
 A man tells a woman that he is leaving her and going to be with another woman that is pregnant with his twins. Two women run into each other and exchange unpleasantries. Several teens confront a woman about the university that she is representing being an "elitist institution with anti-Black and anti-women" tendencies. A woman yells at her mother and says, "I can't stand you." A woman yells at her mother. A woman yells at her adult daughter. Three young children scream when their mother leaves them with another woman for a short time. A woman accuses her adult daughter of "pimping her" when she takes her to a party to introduce her to a man. A woman tells a man, "What makes you think she needs your approval?" referring to her adult daughter. Several comments are written on a board after applicants are notified that they are not being admitted to a college and one states, "I hope you get rectal cancer"; others are obscene. We hear that a boy's mother died in a car crash and the boy was adopted by a friend of the woman. A woman tells her adult daughter that she had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after breast cancer. A teen boy hides in the back seat of a woman's car and tells her that he wants to live with her; his father is very upset and worried when he is missing. A man tells a boy milking a cow, "How would you like to have your udder yanked like that?" Two young men talk about "zombies." A man makes a comment about smelling like "cow placenta."
 A woman vomits onto a small bush (we hear the gag and see the goo leave her mouth and splatter on the ground as other people walk by and make remarks). A man helps a cow deliver a calf; we see him holding the cow's tail and it appears that his hand is inside the cow's anus (we see the man withdraw his hand and it is covered in slime); the cow moans and we hear squishing, a splatter and a thud as three people pull and eventually deliver the calf. We see a boy milking a cow.
 A woman is shown with her hair a mess, mascara smeared and a stamp that reads, "DENY" on her cheek. We see a dead bonsai tree and we hear a woman say that she trimmed it too much and over watered it. A woman spears cooked chicken pieces with a sharp serving fork several times (she is angry). A woman drives into the back of a parked car and we see her later with a sling on her arm.
 We see lawn jockey statues in a yard and people make remarks about them being a racist symbol.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words (one is not fully spelled out in a written note), 4 sexual remarks, 7 scatological terms (one is not fully spelled out in a written note), 10 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (sadists, crazies, insane, that old Russian guy, selfish, wildly compulsive, torture chamber, weird, sad lady, racist, boring adult, pigs, jerk, stupid), exclamations (shut up), 4 religious profanities, 14 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown at a restaurant and several of them drink wine, college-aged students drink at a party (presumably alcohol and one high school aged boy identifies his beverage as diet soda), and a man kisses a woman's hand and asks her if she'd like a drink (she accepts).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - College admissions, pressure to succeed, pressure to excel, adoption, being passionate, legacies, Ivy League universities, professional advancement, infidelity, elitism, disappointment, contact with birth parents, rejection, unwanted pregnancy, commitment, revenge fantasies, ADD.

MESSAGE - People need to take risks to make a difference. Doing what you are supposed to do isn't always the right answer.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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