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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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Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

A very talented young man (Nick Cannon) from Harlem is recruited to a Southern university to join the marching band. But the young man has his own ideas about how to do things, and he has problems adjusting to the discipline regimen of the band's leader (Orlando Jones). Also with Zoe Saldana, Candace Carey and Jason Weaver. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young man and a young woman kiss a few times. A young man and a young woman nuzzle and kiss while dancing. Young women in dance teams dance suggestively (wiggling, thrusting, strutting, twisting and kicking) in tight-fitting outfits that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, bare thighs and bare abdomens. Young people dance at a sorority/fraternity party (the young women wear outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and bare shoulders). People dance close together in a nightclub scene. Young men admire young women. Several sexual comments: a young man teaches another young man how to play his drum like he's "making love to it," and he makes physical gestures to make his point (wiggles his hips and thrusts).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A young man hits another young man in the face with his drum (we see his bruised cheek later) and band members from two teams join the fight. Young men and women are pushed to some extremes during the initial stages of their training: they are forced to sit in the rain while holding their instruments out in front of them. A man yells at two young men. A young man yells right in the face of another young man. When the drumlines compete, they appear aggressive, snarling at each other and trying to intimidate the other team's members. A young man confronts his estranged father.

PROFANITY 4 - 6 sexual references, 13 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms, 18 mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Respect, honor, discipline, success, single parenting, competition, inspiration, teamwork, fraternities, sororities.

MESSAGE - Enjoy what you do. You cannot stand out unless you are part of a team.

Special Keywords: S3 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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