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Dazed and Confused



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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: R

A day in the life of high-schoolers, circa 1976.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Very little actual sex or nudity, but quite a bit of sexual innuendo and pubescent sex talk. One teenager tells his friend about an erotic dream, which is then referred to as a male pornographic fantasy. Two couples are shown kissing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - There is no blood or gore. There are several scenes of people being chased down and then being paddled on their backsides. A woman pulls a shotgun on a teenager, and a man pulls a gun on a car full of teenagers, waves it around and shoots at them; nobody's hurt. There is a gross scene of teenage girls being hazed: they get doused by assorted condiments. A fist fight, which leads to a couple of black eyes.

PROFANITY 7 - Many F-words, scatological terms and sexual and anatomical references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug use, hazing and initiation rituals, under age drinking, following (and breaking) adult rules.

MESSAGE - You have to stand up for what you believe in. Resist authority.

Special Keywords: S3 - V3 - P7 - MPAAR

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