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Bandslam [2009] [PG] - 4.3.3



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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 big band contest is about to happen and the tension is thick when three band members from the band favored to win are cut loose and start their own band. However, they aren't able to come up with a solid sound until a new kid (Gaelan Connell) with an ear for tunes arrives and turns things around. Also with Alyson Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Lisa Kudrow, Scott Porter, Ryan Donowho, Tim Jo, Charlie Saxton, Blair Bomar and Lisa Chung. Directed by Todd Graff. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A teen girl teaches a teen boy how to kiss a girl: we see him caress her hair, touch her neck and they kiss (the boy seems stunned and falls out of the car when he leaves). A teen boy kisses an older woman, she seems surprised and says it's time for her to leave. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss. Two teens kiss passionately. A teen boy tries to kiss a girl; he flips her hat off her head, pets her hair heavily, tugs a book out of her hands and they kiss.
 A teen girl tells a teen boy that he is infatuated with her. A teen boy sees a photo on another teen boy's phone and asks, "who's the babe?" -- it's the boy's mother, but he tells him it's his sister. A teen boy and a teen girl talk and move close together (nothing else happens). A teen boy sings a song to a teen girl trying to woo her (he is interrupted). A teen boy says, "He likes the girls that got the junk." A teen boy talks about a teen girl and says she is the "coolest."
 A teen girl climbs in the bedroom window of a teen boy, and then tickles him on his bed; his mother enters the room and is upset to see the girl there. A teen girl dances and sways her hips as a teen boy watches with interest. A teen boy dances with a photo of a teen girl. A teen boy looks at and winks at an older woman.
 A teen boy taking a shower is alarmed when his mother comes in the bathroom and asks how his day was (he sticks his head out from behind the curtain to tell her to leave and we see his bare shoulder). A woman wears a low-zipped top that reveals cleavage. A teen girl wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. Teen cheerleaders wear short skirts and low-cut tops that reveal legs, abdomens and cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We hear that a man is in prison after killing a young boy because he was driving while intoxicated. We hear that a teen girl's father died.
 A teen boy bumps into another teen boy, who falls backward and onto the ground, and another boy from inside a bus pours water on his head. Teens in several scenes call a teen boy "Dui" and mock him. A teen boy kicks another teen boy in the backside. A teen boy runs into a teen girl, and she falls on the ground and is angry that her instrument might have been damaged. A young girl slaps a sleeping man in the face waking him with a start. A teen boy lunges at another teen boy.
 A teen boy seems very angry and sledgehammers a car trunk. Many people on a dance floor at a club dance by jumping and slamming into each other; one teen falls back off the stage and is passed on his back along the hands of the crowd.
 A teen girl drives recklessly and we hear her tires screeching when turning or speeding. A teen boy and a teen girl enter a closed and abandoned club. A teen girl walks backward on a city sidewalk, and trips and falls into a planting around a tree. A teen girl is angry when a teen boy does not show for a pre-arranged date.
 We see a poster of a man on a wall and it appears that he either has a skin condition or there is a red effect applied to the image.
 A teen girl talks about having a "shrink." A teen boy says, "I cried like a little girl." A teen girl talks about liking "Evil Dead 2." A young boy eats paste several times. A teen boy and a teen girl yell at each other. Two boys argue in a couple of scenes. A teen boy talks about hating school and not fitting in.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 mild anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, 6 exclamations (bloody, heck), name-calling (Dui, maniacs, morons, monsters, weirdo, idiots, crazy), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a man would drink on his lunch hour and that he is in jail for killing a young boy when he was driving while intoxicated.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Band competitions, fitting in, death of a parent, being popular, being dismissive to people who are not popular, friendship, relationships, changing destiny, anonymity, emotions, happiness, teen angst, goals, talent, obsession, ego, anger management, free will, jealousy, rejection, bullying, DUI, loyalty, lack of emotions, trust, judging people.

MESSAGE - Don't miss out on life. Always do the thing that scares you most.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P3 - MPAAPG

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