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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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Sex & Nudity
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

A group of teenage theater aficionados meet at Camp Ovation during summer vacation and live and learn and love and perform. The plot revolves around a former Broadway songwriter forced to work at the camp after a series of flops, who is inspired by the teenagers' enthusiasm and decides to put together a new production. With Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Sasha Allen and Tiffany Taylor. Directed by Todd Graff. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young woman lies on a bed, invites a young man to join her, they kiss and lie back (we then see the light go off from the outside). A young man kisses a young woman, climbs on top of her and they continue to kiss. A young man and a young woman dance together, he thrusts his hips toward her as a joke, they dance more, and he caresses her and they kiss. A young woman jumps on top of a gay young man and kisses him. A young woman looks at a young man admiringly and passes him a note. A young woman takes a shower and sticks her head out from behind the curtain. A young man stands in front of a gay young man and judging from his reaction he is nude (we see his bare shoulders). A young man takes off his shirt and pants (we see his bare-chest and his boxer shorts) and a young man is shown bare-chested in a couple of scenes: in one scene he lifts his shirt to wipe his face and we see his bare abdomen and chest while a gay young man admires him. Sexual innuendo includes: A gay young man says to another young man " go in anybody's drawers you want," a young woman says to a young man "you could be very lucky this summer," and a young gay man flirts with another young man in several scenes. A young man dresses like a woman. Young women wear short tops that reveal bare abdomens, low-cut tops that reveal cleavage, and short shorts that reveal bare legs. A young woman wears an off-the-shoulders dress.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see a young man (dressed like a woman) lying on the floor while being kicked by several other young men, and see him later with many bruises on his face and a bloody lip. A young woman puts something in another young woman's drink that makes her ill (induces vomiting), and a young woman puts something in another young woman's make-up that makes her skin break out in a rash. A young woman's jaw is wired shut as part of a weight control program. A young woman treats another young woman like a servant. A young woman tosses another young woman down, and a young woman pulls another young woman off stage and we hear crashing behind a curtain. A young woman slaps a young man in the face. Two young women exchange barbs and insults, and two young women argue over a young man. A man yells abusively at a young man and two young women, and a man yells at a young man and gets in his face. A young woman vomits and we hear splats and heaving, a man vomits on a young man and we see the goo and hear him gagging. A young man practices appearing sad in front of a mirror and makes remarks about his cat and mother being dead. A young man tackles another young man and smacks his face as a joke.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 8 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Homosexuality, heterosexuality, homophobia, the dramatic arts, being overweight, disappointment, frustration, loneliness, competition, betrayal, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Prozac, sabotage, bitterness, heroes.

MESSAGE - It's better to regret something you have done than regret not having done much.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.)

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

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