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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
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Recent high school graduates break up, make up, hook up and live it up at a wild post-ceremony party. With Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, Joel Michaely, Jay Paulson and Michelle Brookhurst. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo. Kissing (often passionately); in one scene, a boy licks a girl's neck before kissing another girl. We see a shirtless man lying on top of a girl in a bra (it's implied that they have sexual intercourse); we later see them lying together (covered with towels) and getting dressed. A boy holding packages of condoms in his mouth looks through a book of sexual positions (we don't see any nudity in the pictures) and appears to be practicing them by himself (we see him in a few positions, moving rhythmically). While they're dancing closely, we see a boy rubbing a woman's bare thigh while her leg is wrapped around his thigh. Two boys undress two unconscious boys down to their boxers and arrange them in an embrace before taking many pictures. A girl lifts up her shirt and flashes her breasts at a boy (we only see her bare back). We see a scantily clad woman on the cover of a magazine and many girls in short skirts and cleavage- and midriff-revealing tops; we also see a little bit of a woman's bra and panties under a slightly open robe.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A boy shoves a girl and three boys shove each other. Two boys jump from a roof and tackle two others; rags doused in chloroform are held to their faces and we see them lose consciousness. We see and hear a boy urinating.

PROFANITY 6 - 1 F-word, lots of anatomical references, several scatological references, lots of mild obscenities, many insults and one racial slur. We also see an obscene finger gesture. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - High school, relationships, break-ups, pretending to be someone you're not, drinking, popularity, lust, unrequited love, revenge.

MESSAGE - High school can be fun or hellish, depending on how popular you are and what clique you're in. Fortunately for most, there's a better, happier life after graduation.

Special Keywords: S4 - V2 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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