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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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Three high school seniors (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon) pledge to each other to lose their virginity on prom night. The straight-laced parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholz) find out about their plans on social media, become alarmed and join forces in an ill-planned preemptive strike against the sex pact. Also with Graham Phillips, Miles Robbins and Jimmy Bellinger. Directed by Kay Cannon. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A totally nude man is blindfolded, while searching for his wife in a Marco Polo game in his darkened home (we see him in full back and frontal nudity, including genitals and genital hair); his wife wears only underwear, high heels, and a blindfold (she covers her chest with her arms as she searches for her husband) and two clothed men and a clothed woman enter the house and bump into the couple, slapping the man's buttocks as one of the two clothed men opens his shirt and the blindfolded woman rakes her nails down his bare chest. A close-up shows a female hand squeezing a man's testicles for a few seconds.
 A woman investigates a dark house through a window and we see bare male buttocks (the pants are lowered) writhing in front of a couch and part of a skirt flapping under the man, suggesting intercourse; the scene cuts to the man seated on the couch with the woman straddling him while wearing a bare-backed dress with a diaphanous net skirt, bouncing on him in sexual activity. A car parked at a high school sways back and forth and the camera cuts to a brief close-up of thrusting and bare male buttocks through a side window, suggesting sex.
 A teen boy lifts a teen girl into a bed in a hotel room and the camera cuts to the couple under covers and sex is suggested; when he gets up we see his boxer shorts and the camera cuts to the girl dancing with him in the room (we see his bare back and chest). A clothed teen couple lies on a bed and the girl tells the boy she is not ready for sex but would like oral sex; he disappears from the frame as she lies back (oral sex is implied). A clothed teen girl straddles a teen boy who is lying clothed in a swimming pool raft and the camera cuts to them in a hotel room bed and under covers (we glimpse the upper edge of her bra and some cleavage); she says she is touching his penis and he shouts and says, "Look at all that" as he looks under the covers (nothing is shown) implying that he ejaculated.
 A woman wearing an undergarment like a swimsuit is blindfolded in her house, while searching for her husband in a Marco Polo game (we see cleavage and bare thighs); her husband is nude (we see him in full back nudity that includes back, buttocks and thighs and when he turns slightly behind a counter we glimpse his chest); the couple begins to kiss until their teen daughter enters the room and screams, ending the scene.
 A teen girl and a teen boy, both clothed, kiss a few times and lie on a bed with the boy on top of her and the scene ends (we hear that sex did not occur). A teen girl tells her friends and her father that she is gay and another teen girl who is gay kisses her passionately for several seconds at a party. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss for several seconds in a school hallway and a hotel corridor.
 A man at a prom after-party chugs beer through his anus via a funnel and a rubber hose; he drops his shorts to reveal bare legs and buttocks as a woman says she is spitting on the end of a tube to lubricate it (we do not see this action) and the camera closes in on the man's grimacing face as the woman says she has inserted the tube and a 40-oz beer is poured into the funnel, beer splashes up and the man runs away with his pants up and the tube hanging; we cannot see it, but another man says he is pulling the tube out and the first man grimaces again. A teen boy drops his trousers and we see his lower thighs under his long shirt tail as he says he is "butt chugging" beer, but we see that the beer runs through a tube onto the ground and the tube was never inserted.
 A few scenes include women wearing low-cut blouses and dresses that reveal cleavage. Several long dresses are low-cut or have cut-outs that reveal a backs or midriffs. Four teen girls wear short dresses that reveal bare legs to mid-thigh. A woman rolls out from under a bed, her wide skirt lifting to briefly reveal full bare legs and underwear. A man wears a full-body unitard and we see his full back with the unitard hugging his waist, buttocks, and thighs as he walks away. A few teen boys in a hotel room stand wearing long shirts and boxer shorts as they and several clothed teen girls shake up champagne bottles and spray the wine over the room. A party cake is iced with the images of three teen girls with unnaturally large breasts stretching their T-shirts.
 A man places a pair of women's thong underwear into his mouth and he says he will rip them off his wife with his teeth; she tells him they are his daughter's and he grimaces and spits them out. A teen girl's mother hides under a hotel bed where it is implied that her daughter and a teen boy had sex (she sneaks out quietly, unobserved).
 A teen girl tells two high school classmates that she had sex and liked it. A teen girl tells two friends that she had oral sex. Three 17-year-old girls make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night and their parents find the girls' texts that include icons of an eggplant representing a penis, a cherry and an explosion to represent losing one's virginity, an obscene hand gesture for intercourse and a hand about to squeeze an eggplant. A teen girl gives another teen girl a baggie partially filled with coconut oil and tells her to use it as a sexual lubricant, but we never see the substance used at all. A man tells a woman since she had a child, she must be "all loose down there" and she denies it.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman chases a limousine and we see three teen girls standing up briefly through the sun roof; the woman attempts to bump the rear bumper of the limo, misses and flips the car onto its nose, where it stands several seconds before falling onto its roof (no one is hurt) and moments later the car explodes into flames that fill the screen (the car is burned to a charred skeleton quickly but no one is hurt).
 A man picks up a teen boy and throws him into a wall, breaking a mirror and a lamp, but the boy shows no injury and rushes away as the man argues with his daughter and she cries briefly. A man kicks another man out of a car and into a bush, and then pushes a woman out of the front seat, but she re-enters the car.
 A teen boy does a cartwheel and a man walks into him; they both fall and suffer slightly bloody lips. A man and a teen boy run into each other in a hall and fall unhurt. A woman rolls behind a large TV and touches an outlet that shocks her; sparks fly, and her hands shake for a few seconds, but no burns are seen.
 We hear that a teen boy who joined the army died right away in Iraq. A limo driver says a teen girl was killed in his limo in the past. A man gives his daughter a small pocket knife and tells her to use it to stab a boy in the groin and she refuses. A man tells another man, "I'm going to tear off your [anatomical term deleted]" (no such event occurs). Several parents argue briefly with their teenaged children. Two men argue briefly. Two fathers cry briefly.
 Three teen boys and three teen girls ride in a limo; a girl vomits brown material all over a boy and the other four teenagers vomit brown material all over the interior of the limo as one girl stands up through the sunroof and vomits a massive amount onto the windshield of a following car causing the driver to vomit brown material into the empty passenger seat next to him. Two women brush their teeth, but we see no foam or spit.
 In a hotel room, four figures wearing wolf masks sit around a pentagram drawn on the floor and surrounded by candles (it looks like a satanic rite).

LANGUAGE 10 - About 70 F-words and its derivatives, 14 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 27 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, idiot, weirdos, cheater, losers, dirty stripper, pathetic, homophobic, Grandpa, Big Guy, X-Men Parents), exclamations (wow, heck, oh gosh), 2 religious profanities (GD), 25 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus, I Swear To Christ, Holy Shit, Jesus Christ).

SUBSTANCE USE - A teen boy and a teen girl smoke something from an 8-inch metal pipe and the girl breathes out a large cloud of smoke (drugs are implied), five different teen boys and girls light large bongs and smoke some sort of drugs after one teen girl says she wants to get "drunk and potted up," dozens of teen boys and teen girls suck on marijuana lollipops (no one acts under the influence), three teen boys and three teen girls smoke marijuana cigarettes on a curb by a convenience store, a teen boy and a teen girl eat cookies laced with Ecstasy and the girl's eyes become very wide and glassy, a boy says that another boy cooks drugs into pastries and cakes including LSD and cocaine, and a man says that a laptop screen contains text icons of different drugs (mushrooms, trees, a dripping needle, and snowflakes) that we cannot see. A series of prom after-parties in a home and a hotel feature several scenes with many underage teens drinking beer and hard liquor, we see a large tub of ice and beer bottles, we see tables crammed full of open liquor bottles, a teen boy pours clear and amber liquors from bottles, several teen girls giggle and stagger and one says she is drunk, a few 40-oz bottles of beer are used in a "butt chugging" contest (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), a teen boy pulls out a flask of alcohol and a girl drinks from it and makes a face, a man tells a teen boy that he got two DUIs in a year, and six underage teens open a bottle of champagne and sip from glasses in a limousine. A man finds a cigarette butt in his daughter's jeans pocket and confronts her about it (she says she is not smoking).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dangers of high school prom celebrations, single mothers, divorced fathers, parenting, family secrets, lies, honesty, teens discovering and admitting their sexuality, unprotected sex, teenage sex, relationships, love, respect, commitment, marriage, divorce, growing up, letting go, trust, making judgments.

MESSAGE - Parents who maintain good communications with their teenagers are more likely to be trusted and also trust their children.

Special Keywords: S8 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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