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Adventureland [2009] [R] - 7.4.10



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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 graduating high school senior (Jesse Eisenberg), planning his summer trip to Europe before attending an Ivy League school to study journalism, is disappointed when he learns that his parents cannot afford to pay for him to take the trip or to attend college. He finds himself in a summer job at a local amusement park with a group of people who have few aspirations. Also with Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Mary Birdsong, Josh Pais, Matthew Bush, Margarita Levieva, Jack Gilpin and Wendie Malick. Directed by Greg Mottola. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A young man and a young woman kiss (he is bare-chested), they remove their clothing (cleavage and abdomen are shown, and her arm covers her bare breast), they kiss and sex is implied but not shown. A married man and a young woman kiss, she takes off her shirt (we see her in a tank top that reveals cleavage), she unfastens his pants, and they kiss again (sex is implied).
 A young man and a young woman kiss passionately in a car, and then again while the young man is lying on top of the young woman on a sofa (they are both clothed); they are interrupted when her parents enter the room and the young man holds a pillow over his crotch (suggesting that he has an erection). A young man and a young woman kiss, he kisses her cleavage, and she stops him and says, "another time." A young man and a young woman kiss passionately in the back seat of a car. A young man and a young woman kiss.
 A young man removes his clothing to his underwear (bare chest, abdomen and legs are seen) and jumps into a swimming pool with a young woman; they swim together, she gets out of the pool, he gets out of the pool and another young man jokes that he has an erection. Young women wear tight-fitting and low-cut outfits that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens in several scenes. We see a young man wearing a towel around his waist and a young woman asks him to take off his underwear so she can dry them and he does (nothing is shown).
 A man tells a young man that he saw a man and a young woman doing "push ups in a car with no pants on." A young woman asks a married man if the sex with his wife is good (the two are together for a sexual rendezvous). People talk about a married man and a young woman having an affair. A man talks to a young man about how men imagine what an attractive woman would look like "under them and naked." Two young men talk about traveling to Europe where people are more sexually permissive. A young man at a horse racing game makes a comment about a horse inseminating "over 1000 foals." People talk about a married man taking a young woman to his mother's basement for sex. Young men talk about one of them being sexually inexperienced in several scenes. A young man confesses to a young woman that he went on a date with another young woman. A young man and a young woman talk about a young man being sexually inexperienced. A young man asks another young man if he can get naked pictures of a young woman. Young men talk about a young woman in suggestive terms (remarking about her beauty, etc.). A young woman talks about another young woman "violating" her cat with a pen. A young man threatens to ejaculate on another young man's face. A young man makes a sexual gesture with his hands and mouth.
 Two young women are shown dancing seductively in an amusement park in several scenes, and in a few scenes we see men watching them with interest. People dance in a couple of nightclub scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man punches a young man in the face, he falls to the ground and we see him later with a bloody nose and broken glasses. A young man punches a man in the stomach and knocks him to the ground, and he is then chased by another man. A young man punches another young man in the crotch in several scenes throughout the movie (the young man falls to the ground moaning).
 A young man throws a corndog at another young man and hits him in the head. A man throws garbage at another man, and the man reprimands him and chases him while yelling at him. A man with a baseball bat threatens and runs after another man.
 A young man drinks alcohol from a bottle while driving; he swerves to miss an oncoming car and crashes into a tree (he is not harmed). A young woman collapses after having had too much to drink (a young man helps her up). Young people are shown driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs in several scenes.
 A woman yells at a young woman, the young woman pulls the woman's hair (it is a wig), and the young woman yells at her father when he confronts her about her behavior. A man yells at two young men.
 A young woman talks about another young woman "violating" her cat with a pen. A young woman tells a young man that she cannot date him because she is Catholic and he is Jewish. A young woman talks about her mother dying from cancer and the effects of chemotherapy. A boy picks his nose. A young woman tells a young man to clean up "dried puke." We hear that a woman lost her hair from the stress of a divorce.
 A young man vomits after drinking too much on the trunk of a car (we see goo and hear splatter). A young man vomits after drinking too much when he gets out of a car (we hear gagging). A boy vomits and we hear gagging and splatter and a young man acts like he might have gotten some on his hand, although we do not see anything; a young man cleans the mess with a cloth. A young man urinates on a window (we see the stream).

PROFANITY 10 - About 54 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 21 sexual references, 26 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 1 derogatory term for the mentally handicapped, name-calling (dummy, big fat slob, Satan, idiot, perv, panty stain, lazy, morons, pathetic, nimrod), 12 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Young people smoke marijuana and drink alcohol at a party, a young man and a young woman smoke marijuana and drink alcohol, a young man smokes marijuana on a street and his parents are standing nearby, a man and a young man smoke marijuana, a young man and a young woman smoke marijuana, and two young men and a young woman eat marijuana laced cookies and behave in an intoxicated manner. Young people (probably high school seniors) drink alcohol at a party, two young men drink alcohol, a young man and a young woman drink rum from a bottle, young people drink alcohol at a night club, young people drink alcohol at a bar, a man drinks alcohol in several scenes, men and women drink alcohol, a young man drinks alcohol from a bottle while driving and crashes into a tree, a young woman collapses after having had too much to drink and young people are shown driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs in several scenes. A young man smokes a pipe in several scenes (apparently regular tobacco).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Life experience, hopes, dreams, goals, casual sex, alcohol abuse, infidelity, extramarital affairs, virginity, vulnerability, disappointment, amusement parks, rip-offs, cheating, death of a loved one, divorce, status, anti-Semitism, Atheism, rumors.

MESSAGE - Don't let an obstacle stop you from doing what you want to do.

Special Keywords: S7 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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