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Drillbit Taylor [2008] [PG-13] - 4.6.4



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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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Three high school freshmen (Nate Hartley, David Dorfman and Troy Gentile) are determined to make their first year of high school memorable, but what they didn't plan on is a bully, who seems to pick on everyone for his entertainment. In desperation the trio turn to a man (Owen Wilson) who represents himself as a veteran and who can act as their bodyguard. Also with Alex Frost, Josh Peck, Dominique Beck, Danny R. McBride and Leslie Mann. Directed by Steven Brill. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man enters a classroom where a woman is seated on top of a desk, we see them kiss and it is implied that they have sex (they come out of the classroom rumpled and disheveled); in a similar scene the man and the woman meet in a classroom and it is implied that they are having sex.
 A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A teenage boy kisses a teenage girl and she hits him in the head. A teenage girl kisses a boy and hugs him. A woman jumps into a man's arms and kisses him.
 A man showers in the nude on a public beach and people driving and walking by are startled (we see his bare back, buttocks and legs in two similar scenes). Three teenage boys run through a yard where two teenage girls are sunbathing (their bare backs and legs are visible), and the boys stop for a picture and one poses with the girls. A mother pulls back the sheets of her son's bed and screams when she sees him nude (we see his bare shoulder and back). Three teenage boys watch a music video with a woman wearing a low-cut top and skimpy shorts that reveal cleavage, her bare thigh and a small portion of buttocks. A man is shown bare-chested when he removes his shirt to bathe. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
 As a prank, photos of bare-chested men are attached to the inside of a teenage boy's locker.
 A man and a woman flirt, speaking in hushed tones, the man kisses the woman's hand and they make arrangements to meet again later. A teenage boy looks at a teenage girl with interest. A car driven by a woman comes to a stop in front of a man who makes a suggestive remark; she appears nervous and drives away. A teenage boy performs a rap that includes suggestive and aggressive remarks and gestures.
 During a health class a teacher talks about other terms for gonorrhea and the students see a video of the effects while we hear about painful urination (we do not see the screen but see the pained faces of the children watching).
 A woman gives a man money and tells him to "use it only for porn." A man wonders whether a woman is in a relationship with him "just for the sex." A teenage boy reads romantic poetry awkwardly (with references to passion and touching, etc.) in front of a class. A stepfather yells at his stepson and tells him to put some "posters of chicks on the wall."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A teenage boy throws a Samurai sword toward three teenage boys, a man catches the sword and cuts his little finger off (we hear a clink, see the severed digit on the ground and see a police car drive over it).
 A bully punches a man in the nose and then in the ear (the man has a bloody nose and we hear a crunch when he twists his nose to put it back in place).
 A bully punches a teenage boy in the face three times and the boy challenges him to fight. A bully threatens a teenage boy and punches him in the face (he has a bloody nose and a black eye). A teenage boy punches a man in the face several times, the man flips the boy onto the ground and then kicks and punches him. Several men rob a house and when confronted punch a man in the face and then kick him.
 Two teenage boys punch and kick another teenage boy until he falls to the floor unconscious; he then gets up and throws a can of soda at one hitting him in the head and shoves the other through a stair railing breaking it to bits.
 A teenage boy holds another teenage boy while a third punches him hard in the stomach. A teenage boy punches another teenage boy several times in the face and he is then punched and knocked to the ground. A teenage boy gives another teenage boy a bear hug, and is then punched in the face.
 A teenage boy grabs another teenage boy's leg and punches him in the thigh; the boy being punched falls to the ground and throws the other boy off. A man in a parked truck kicks another man in the face knocking him to the ground, starts driving away, but the man gets up and climbs onto the side of the truck, and the driver slams on the brakes causing the door to close on the man's fingers (he screams and falls on the ground). A man punches another man in the face, the man punches him back knocking him to the ground and then strikes him with a bag.
 Two bullies carry a teenage boy through a school hallway and shove him into his locker (he screams as they try to close the door). Two bullies restrain a teenage boy in a chair and roll the chair into a wall. Two bullies force two teenage boys into the same shirt and call them names. A bully grabs a teenage boy around the throat and presses him against the wall.
 Two bullies grab two teenage boys while they are urinating in the bathroom and force them to urinate on each other (we see the front of their pants which are wet), and another teenage boy is picked up by a bully while he is urinating (we see the urine stream and the boy screams).
 A teenage boy swings a floor lamp around a room trying to strike two teenage boys. A bully driving a car chases three boys who run through streets and yards; the car speeds through a mailbox and a garden, and then up a driveway where the boys hide in a garage.
 A man with a baseball bat threatens three boys hiding in his garage, and they run away. Two bullies slam their heads against a garage door and taunt the three teenage boys who are inside.
 Two teenage boys practice fighting each other, and they punch and kick each other several times. During self-defense training a man fights with three teenage boys: there's kicking, flipping and one boy is thrown down a hill (he's OK) while one boy runs into a tree and is knocked to the ground unconscious.
 A teenage boy kisses a teenage girl and she hits him in the head. A father slaps his teenage son in the head.
 Three teenage boys talk about how they have been hurt by two bullies, then go on to describe videotaped beatings from other schools and refer to them as "brutal." Two teenage boys write notes to their mothers in case they die in a fight. A stepfather yells at his stepson for being up late. Several men being interviewed for the position of bodyguard talk to three teenage boys about the kinds of protection they can offer (describing methods of violence).
 A tennis ball server shoots balls at two teenage boys who are holding onto a rope during gym class (one boy is struck twice in the face).
 A man steals valuable items from a house, and a man steals sugar packets and condiments from a teacher's lounge. A man sets off a fire alarm in a school causing sprinklers to come on and people scramble to exit the building.
 We see a man's hand with one missing digit.

PROFANITY 4 - 7 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 39 anatomical terms, 24 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (needy, dork, freakishly skinny, nerd, losers, stupid, fat, geeks, pathetic, wimp, lying pig, bum, dirt bag, Hobbit, dumb, geek, crazy), 3 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man holds an open bottle of wine, a man begins to open a bottle of wine, two teenage boys drink Red Bull and a man drinks from a sanitizer bottle.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Bullies, high school, humiliation, emancipated minors, compassion, understanding, stepfamilies, finding common ground, trust, psychopaths, going AWOL, bravery, standing up for yourself, self-confidence.

MESSAGE - Being self-confident can be better than physical prowess. Having friends can make you stronger.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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