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Dope [2015] [R] - 6.6.10

 
 

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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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A high school senior (Shameik Moore) and his friends (Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons) share a love of '90s hip-hop, academics and their punk band. They meet a drug dealer who invites them to his birthday party at a local club, but things become violent and they leave with a powerful drug hidden, without their knowledge, in a backpack. They soon find themselves being chased by a cadre of thugs. Also with Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Tyga, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz and A$AP Rocky. Directed by Rick Famuwiya. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Cell phone video footage shows a nude woman sitting on a man in a club, bobbing up and down and having sex; he is clothed and we see her bare body (bare breasts, abdomen, legs, hips and buttocks are visible).
 Two scenes show a teen boy masturbating in his dimly lit bedroom: in the first scene he sits in profile, shirtless, holding a cell phone where we see in close-up two thong-clad female buttocks twerking fast on the screen before changing to four female behinds and eight thighs partially covered by short shorts also twerking fast as the camera pans back and we see the boy's other hand and arm moving rhythmically for several seconds and the scene ends; in the second scene the boy is in the same position, nude with the arm nearest the camera covering his genitals (we see his bare chest, side, shoulders, arms, thighs and one buttock) as he masturbates aggressively for a few seconds and the camera closes-in on the cell phone screen where we see a photo of a clothed girl he likes (we see her wearing a skirt ending at the lower thigh, with hosiery and a conservative sweater) and the scene ends. On a cell phone a man simulates standing sex with an oral sex with a green blow-up alien doll; he then puts the doll's hand on his own crotch.
 A teen girl kisses a teen boy on the cheek. In a club couples dance close and often writhe and rub against their partners. At a senior prom, couples dance close, hugging. Three teen girls wearing short shorts are seen twerking their behinds into the camera.
 A woman meets a teen boy at her front door in a robe that is open to below the navel, revealing most of her breasts (we see no nipples), abdomen and navel; she walks to the back of the room, turns her back to the camera and drops the robe to reveal back nudity except for tiny "boy short" panties, then puts the robe back on before asking the boy to play "Mother May I," beginning with "May I take my clothes off?"; she does and embraces the boy from the back while kissing his cheek and asking if he is a virgin (he says no and then yes), then she tells him to prepare to have sex when she returns from the bathroom and when she returns she is drunk (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and as she tries to sit on a kitchen counter she falls on the boy (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman is submerged to the neck in a swimming pool and we see her bare shoulders, arms, throat and briefly, both breasts and nipples. A woman wears a sleeveless towel-material top that extends to the top of her thighs (we see her full bare thighs, legs and buttocks). An inebriated woman wearing a skimpy robe jumps out of a car and shrieks, "I gotta pee!" eight times and later that night we see her on the news running in close-up (her bare chest, abdomen, genitals, buttocks and thighs are pixelated) then crouching below the window; we hear that the woman urinated there (we do not see or hear anything) and that this disgusted customers inside. A vinyl album cover features four women in back nudity (a hint of a thong is seen between the buttock cheeks of one of them). On a VHS cover, a cartoonish woman lies on her stomach while wearing a skimpy bikini and we see her bare shoulders, arms, back, thighs and legs. At a club a bouncer does not believe that a teen girl is female and with her back to the camera she raises her shirt and the bouncer laughs. In a club and in a high school, girls wear tight jeans or somewhat short skirts that reveal partial bare thighs; they also wear tight sleeveless tops that reveal the cleavage and midriff areas of a few girls.
 A song playing during end credits includes a teen boy dancing with pelvic thrusting and grinding. On a sidewalk a teen boy and a teen girl signal their male teen friend in his yard to have sex with a woman by thrusting their pelvises several times.
 A teen girl says that she got a little moist while watching a Justin Bieber video. A teen boy brags about having different sorts of sex since ages 12 and 14. Song lyrics mention stale urine. A teen girl's church prays for her to become more feminine. Song lyrics state that a man had sex with a woman in the Burger King bathroom because he is a sex freak.
 A teen boy stands with his back to the camera while he urinates in a toilet and we hear urination, but do not see urine or flesh.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Three men enter a fast food place firing handguns and we see blood splatter onto a handheld video game system (we hear that a teen boy died). Two men pull handguns in a fast food place and one man argues with and shoots a younger man who is also holding a gun (we see a bloody bullet hole in his leg); the wounded man limps out and drives away as the store manager shoots at and misses the shooter as he runs out and other men and women scream as the scene ends with shooting in the parking lot (no one else is harmed).
 A man punches another man very hard (we see no bruising or blood). A club owner shouts at a man, then punches him hard, propelling him off-screen, where a gang beats him up amid loud shouting and cursing (we don't see him again and no one mentions him).
 A boy searches his backpack and finds packages of drugs and a cell phone, which rings; a man on the phone demands his drugs back, cursing, shouting, threatening to kill the boy three times, and laughing before another call comes in from a drug dealer who demands to have the drugs.
 Bullies steal the shoes from a boy and in a later scene, knock him down in a hallway. Bullies chase a boy through a school until a guard steps in front of them and threatens to beat them up (they walk away). Bullies attack a boy, but he pulls a handgun on them, his hand shaking and one of the bullies tosses back a duffel bag he took from the boy and they all walk away. We hear that jocks beat up geeks in high school.
 An inebriated woman (please see the Substance Use category for more details) with a teen boy passenger drives a car erratically driving on sidewalks, swerving, stopping at a stop sign, and passing out.
 Several police cars with sirens sounding and lights flashing chase through the intersection, following two cars of drug dealers and thugs. A teen boy and two friends ride their bikes away from school with two men in a car chasing them.
 A school guard accidentally knocks down a male student and helps him up; the student is uninjured. Two teen boys and a teen girl argue several times about their punk band, their future and some drugs they found. A teen boy argues with his high school advisor about attending college. A jailed drug dealer threatens a teen boy by phone with death and demands the return of some drugs the boy has. A teen boy takes a duffel bag full of money and gives it to a man who heads up a drug ring as well as a legitimate company; the boy tries to blackmail the man.
 Adults and teen boys gamble in a street using cards and dice as a narrator says that 40 dope dealers work on this street. A teen boy sets off a drug alarm at school and we see a drug-sniffing dog barking, until the school guard lets the boy go. Two police officers and a drug dog patrol the school and find no drugs.
 A woman falls off a kitchen counter (she is not harmed) and vomits white material all over a teen boy's face and chest as he shouts (please see the Substance Use category for more details). In a club a teen boy chugs several shots of whiskey, vomits yellow material on the floor, and drinks another shot; he later falls unconscious below the screen, but the camera cuts to him drinking more shots.
 Song lyrics include "Life is like a toilet bowl."

PROFANITY 10 - About 108 F-words and its derivatives, 10 sexual references, 89 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, 65 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (arrogant, stupid, dumb, idiot, retarded, geeks, ridiculous, little kid, children, little boy, fat girl, white whore, naked whore, junkie, shady, whitey, Oreo [this is also the name of a teen band, but is used as a derisive name once to a biracial person], MC Hammer, Latino, George W. Bush, Aaron Schwartz), stereotypical references to men, women, single parents, the poor, the rich, geeks, bullies, playboys, gays, businessmen, high school administrators, African Americans, Asian Indians, Caucasians, 2 religious profanities (GD), 3 religious exclamations (Lord, I Swear To God, one instance of laying on of hands in church), the name of a high school is beeped out in narration twice. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A drug dealer in a club opens a briefcase full of packages of white powder drugs called Molly, a drug dealer loads up a teen boy's backpack with the drugs and a handgun during a raid, a woman eats a large quantity of white drug powder on a donut and we see her eyes roll back in her head (she giggles, sways, and falls off a kitchen counter, unharmed), a woman lights a marijuana cigarette and takes a puff before giving it to a teen boy (he does not smoke it), three teenagers enlist the help of a teen drug dealer to sell drugs online, a drug dealer snorts white powder in several cell phone chats and laughs, three teens appear in several scenes in their high school science lab where they measure drugs and put them into capsules and small baggies, a flashback shows a teen drug dealer offering other teens "weed" (we do not see it) and asking what other drugs they might want, two men smoke marijuana cigarettes, male and female teens in a club smoke drugs from a hookah briefly as smoke partially fills the screen, song lyrics mention a crack pipe, a man puts two red pills on his tongue (he shows no effect from them), a man swallows a whole medicine bottle of pills, and a teen boy fills a long transparent balloon or bag with drugged smoke from a bong and inhales it. A bottle of expensive whiskey is seen on a poker table with several empty double-shot glasses (no one is seen drinking), and adults and teens drink shots of whiskey and bottles of beer in a club scene. A man smokes a cigarette and then smokes a thin cigar on a cell phone screen, and a man smokes a cigarette in a jail interrogation room.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Risk-taking, drug dealing, danger, murder, determination, courage, relationships, friendship, love, respect, trust, justice.

MESSAGE - It's particularly hard for geeks to survive in low-income neighborhoods where dealing drugs is part of everyday life.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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