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Finding Forrester



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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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MPAA Rating: PG-13

A reclusive writer (Sean Connery) befriends an inner city high school basketball star (Robert Brown) in this drama about the power of words and friendship. Also with F. Murray Abraham, Michael Pitt, Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Joey Buttafuoco, April Grace, Busta Rhymes and Gerry Rosenthal. [2:15]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - One scene with mild kissing. In two scenes we hear people having sex off camera (in the apartment next door), including sounds of a headboard banging against a wall and a woman moaning. Talk of "getting laid." We see the bare chests and shoulders of several young men in a high school locker room.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A couple of minor scuffles on a basketball court.

PROFANITY 5 - 2 F-words, several anatomical and scatological references, some mild obscenities, a few religious profanities and racial slurs. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, classism, prejudice, friendship, writing, death, agoraphobia, adolescence, interracial dating, honesty, loyalty, academic vs. athletic achievement.

MESSAGE - Do not judge a person by his race, class or interests; find your passion and pursue it.

Special Keywords: S3 - V1 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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