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The Edge of Seventeen [2016] [R] - 5.3.6



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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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A teenage girl (Hailee Steinfeld) struggles with being a teenager, having no friends, the death of her father and her brother's apparent perpetual success. Also with Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson, Hayden Szeto, Alexander Calvert and Eric Keenleyside. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A teen boy and a teen girl look at each other in a parked car, they kiss, the boy puts the seat back down and straddles the girl as they continue to kiss and he caresses her clothed breast and her bare thigh; he pulls down her panties and unfastens his pants and she yells for him to stop (he does but he is upset), and they argue and she kisses his neck, she stops him again and they argue some more and she gets out of the car and runs away alone. A teenage girl follows the sounds of a teen girl laughing in her brother's room and when she opens the door she finds a teen girl and a teen boy in bed together (the teen boy is bare-chested and the girl is wearing a camisole; they all panic and yell. A teen girl straddles a teen boy and they kiss passionately (they are both clothed).
 A teenage girl's upper chest is seen while she showers and she takes a razor and looks down implying that she was going to shave her pubic hair. A line drawing shows a man with fingers shaped like penises. While wrestling with her young daughter in a car a woman's skirt lifts to reveal the panty of her hose and other people make faces when they walk by. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and talks to her teenage daughter about going away for a weekend with a man. Young women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A young woman wears short skirts that reveal her legs (usually covered by stockings) in many scenes throughout the movie. Several teen boys are seen wearing swim trunks that reveal their bare chests, abdomens and backs while swimming. A teen girl urinates and we see her bare knees and thighs.
 A teen boy tries to kiss a teen girl and she pulls away dramatically, causing him to panic and they both feel uncomfortable. A teen girl and a teen boy flirt in a school hallway. A teenage boy and a teenage girl swim in a pool (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back and her bare upper chest, back and part of her buttocks) and she asks him, "Do you want to have sex now?" and he replies, "Yes," (they do not have sex).
 A teen girl writes a text to a teen boy describing the sex acts that she would like to perform on him and accidentally sends it to him. A man reads a sexually explicit text that a teen girl sent a teen boy. A teen girl talks about performing a sex act on another teen girl's father to illustrate a point. A young girl talks about her grandfather's pajama pants opening and that she saw his genitals and felt sad. Two teen girls talk about sex and losing their virginity; one imagines asking a teen boy to penetrate her. A teen girl asks another teen girl if she is going to "hook up " with a teen boy and the other girl says "no." A teen girl talks about her older brother being so hot and she is frustrated by not being attractive herself. A teen girl talks about calling the police and telling that her brother is sexually assaulting her.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man has an attack while driving, he yells in pain and crashes into a parked car (we see him in a hospital bed later and understand that he died). Three girls follow and shove a young girl causing her to spill her lunch tray and fall on the ground; they tease her and tell her that she is going to get AIDS.
 After a bitter argument a teenage girl speeds away in her mother's car. A teen girl and her brother argue and shove each other in a few scenes. A woman and her young daughter wrestle and argue about the girl getting out of the car and going to school. Two teenage girls argue in several scenes. A teen girl and her mother argue bitterly in several scenes. A student yells at her teacher and insults him about his appearance and his teaching skills.
 A teenage girl tells her teacher that she is going to kill herself; the teacher tells her that he is planning to do the same. A teacher tells a student, "Maybe people don't like you." Talking about confident people, a teenage girl says, "I hope all those people die in an explosion." A young girl says, "My mom has to take pills or she buys too much at the mall."
 An animated monster takes another animated character and locks her in a cage until another character rescues her and because she was mean to him, he leaves her and we see him in a Jacuzzi with several buxom female characters (cleavage is seen and he presses his head between the partially covered breasts of two of the women that are wearing bikini tops). A teen girl mimes shooting herself in the head. A teenage girl falls asleep on a bathroom floor after drinking too much alcohol and when she wakes up she crawls through the hallways.
 A teen girl vomits into a toilet and we see the goo as she gags. A teen girl urinates and we hear the trickle. A man tells his young daughter to flatulate in people's backpacks if they are mean to her. Two young girls flush a caterpillar down a toilet after it suffocated in a box. An animated character defecates when frightened and we see a large pellet of feces fall on the ground.

PROFANITY 6 - About 16 F-words (1 implied "effin"), 9 sexual references, 22 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (losers, retarded, pervert, pathetic, kind-gentle-wise-old-man in a wheelchair…, sick in the head, barrel of monkeys, internet perv, dumb mouth breathers, weird, psycho ), exclamations (shut-up, jeez, shoot), 1 religious profanity (GD), 26 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, My God, God, Jesus, I Swear To God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A teenage girl takes an anti-depressant. Two teenage girls drink alcohol and appear to be drunk (one more so than the other), a woman talks about having a glass of wine, teenage boys and teenage girls drink alcohol while playing in an empty swimming pool,and teenagers drink alcohol and play drinking games at a party. A teen boy and a teen girl smoke cigarettes outside a party.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teenage angst, caring about other people, suicide, death of a parent, confidence, premarital sex, teenage sex, revenge, self-punishment, wallowing in misery, grief, loneliness, compassion.

MESSAGE - Listening to and having compassion for other people is the only way to be an active and committed friend.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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