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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
Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: R

An over-achieving student (Reese Witherspoon) runs for student body president and a popular teacher (Matthew Broderick) resorts to drastic measures to keep her from winning in this black comedy. Also with Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Delaney Driscoll, Colleen Camp, Frankie Ingrassia, Matt Malloy, Jeanine Jackson and Holmes Osborne. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including a boy's reference to being well-endowed), instances of teen and teacher/student sex, and some sex talk during intercourse and regarding intercourse. Several kisses, sometimes passionate: two clothed girls kiss and caress each other while lying on a bed and a man and woman kiss and roll around on the floor. A man watches a pornographic film during which a man has intercourse with a woman from behind with lots of thrusting and moaning; we see the top of her bare breasts as she bends over. A man and woman have intercourse in an unusual position (we see them from the side and only his bare back is visible); we hear some sex talk and moans, see them moving rhythmically and see him having an orgasm. As a man has intercourse with a woman lying face-down, he envisions two women's faces (during separate moments) on the back of her head uttering some graphic sex talk. Oral sex is implied: We see a boy's excited expression then see a girl's head moving in his crotch. We see some cleavage-revealing tops, some centerfold magazine covers and statues of a nude caveman and cavewoman twice (his genitals and her bare breasts are visible).

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A girl gets some bloody cuts on her arms after she tears down some posters and a man's eye is very swollen after a bee stings him. We see two cups of urine and a man urinating (the urine stream is visible). Someone spits on a car and man throws a drink at a car.

PROFANITY 6 - About 15 F-words (some uttered as directives during intercourse), some anatomical references, a few scatological references, a few mild obscenities and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Infidelity, campaigns, winning at all costs, obsessive behavior, lesbianism, marijuana use, teacher/student sex, teenage and premarital sex.

MESSAGE - Some people can abandon all their beliefs and morals to get what they want (or to stop others from getting what they want).

Special Keywords: S7 - V2 - P6 - MPAAR

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