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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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MPAA Rating: PG-13

A Midwestern teen (Amanda Schull) realizes her dream of being admitted into a prestigious New York ballet school and discovers it's more emotionally and physically trying than she imagined. Also with Ilia Kulik, Eion Bailey, Susan May Pratt, Peter Gallagher, Debra Monk, Sascha Radetsky, Zoe Saldana and Ethan Steifel. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Some sexual innuendo and several kisses. A young man and girl kiss passionately and lie on a bed (we see his bare chest when she removes his shirt); in the next scene we see them nude but sheet-covered in bed, obviously post-coitus. In a dance performance a young man and girl dance on a bed; she pulls off her costume (we see her bra and panties), he lies on top of her and they kiss. Before a dance class a woman jumps in a man's arms and he playfully squeezes her buttocks; also, in a night club we see some people "dirty dancing." A boy comments on how cute another boy is, and girls ogle at boys dancing during a class. We briefly see part of a girl's underwear when she's dancing in a club, most of a girl's bare thighs when she's lifted in the air while dancing, and a girl wearing only a long sweater while talking to a young man wearing boxers and a T-shirt (it's implied that they had been sleeping in the same bed together). We see many girls in tank tops and leotards.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - We see a close-up of bloody blisters on a girl's feet. A boy falls while dancing (we later see him using crutches). Two dancers pretend to punch and choke each other during a performance. We hear a girl vomit a couple of times.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, several anatomical references and a few slang terms, several scatological references, several mild obscenities and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dance companies, competition, bulimia, weight and body image issues, teen smoking and drinking, teen sexuality, stage mothers, love triangles, self-esteem.

MESSAGE - Don't let others decide what you are (or aren't) capable of. You can revise your dreams if you realize they aren't what you want anymore.

Special Keywords: S4 - V1 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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