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Footloose [2011] [PG-13] - 5.5.4



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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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A remake of the eponymous 1984 film about a teenager (Kenny Wormald) that moves to a small town in Georgia, where dancing and rock-and-roll have been banned. After falling for the local preacher's daughter (Julianne Hough), he works to change the town's collective mind about his rebellious nature and their prohibitive laws about dancing. Also with Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Miles Teller and Ray McKinnon. Directed by Craig Brewer. [1:53]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man and a teen girl kiss passionately, the girl lies down, the young man runs his hands over her body and begins to pull up her shirt, and the girl pushes his hands away; the young man makes a suggestive remark, the girl unbuttons her shirt and sex is implied but not seen.
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately; we see the girl's hands on the boy's waist and hips, and the boy's hands on the girl's clothed behind. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss while the boy is driving a car. A teen girl jumps into the arms of a young man, wrapping her legs around his waist. A teen boy and a teen girl hold hands.
 A teen boy and a teen girl dance suggestively, and the boy crouches down and runs his mouth over the corset top the girl is wearing and pulls his body very close to hers. A teen girl and a teen boy dance suggestively, the boy rubs his body against the girl as a young man watches and the boy has his hands on the girl's waist and hips. A teen girl dances suggestively with a teen boy as she looks suggestively at a young man who is watching them dance.
 Throughout the movie we see teen girls dancing suggestively: a teen girl is dancing and thrusting her hips as she uses a beer keg to dance against; a teen girl uses a fence post to dance suggestively against it, while looking at a young man; teen girls thrust their hips and shake their behinds as they dance in front of a crowd of teen girls and boys and a small group of young men; and a young man watches two teen girls dance suggestively and a teen girl makes a crude remark about the dancers.
 A teen girl takes off her shirt, we see her bra and she is wearing a short skirt; she waves her shirt around and a young man makes a remark about her cleavage. On multiple occasions we see a teen girl wearing midriff exposing tops, including wearing a corset-style top that exposes her abdomen and cleavage. A man takes a photograph of two teen girl's behinds as they walk away.
 A teen boy and a teen girl lie together and look longingly at each other (they do not kiss). A teen boy picks up a teen girl and places her into a car, the girl's mother, who's watching, remarks, "That's smooth."
 Two teen girls hold hands in a non-sexual manner. A teen girl playfully kisses another teen girl on the cheek.
 A teen girl tells her parents that she is not a virgin; she does not elaborate. A teen girl tells a teen boy that teens come to an area to "make out like crazy" and "do other things" (implying sex). A teen girl asks a teen boy if he thinks she is sexually promiscuous and the boy jokingly responds that he thinks she "has been kissed a lot." A teen boy tells a teen girl that he will kiss her "someday." A teen boy makes a crude remark about chaperones of a dance, killing the mood. A teen boy makes a joke that implies he has large genitalia. A teen boy makes a joke about the size of another teen boy's genitalia. A teen boy jokes that he cannot have sex with a teen girl. A teen boy makes a crude joke about the sexualizing of dancing. A teen boy jokingly asks a woman if waitresses in a bar serve drinks from their cleavage. A teen boy jokes that he would like to have a wet T-shirt contest and another teen boy jokingly remarks that he would like "braless women." A teen boy jokes that he does not "want an orgy," and another teen boy jokes that he "would be interested." A teen boy jokes about his possibilities of having sex. A teen boy half-jokingly tells a man that he is going to tell people that a man had followed him into a bathroom, saying it was "gross."

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A car carrying three teen girls and two teen boys crashes into a semi-truck, the car flips, and flames pour from the windows of the car (no bodies are seen); we later hear multiple references to the teens having died in the car accident.
 A young man grabs the leg of a teen girl and she pushes him away, she walks away and he grabs her arm, she slaps and punches the young man and he shoves her to the ground; she stands up and smashes the windshield of the young man's truck, the young man shouts, punches the girl in the face twice, knocking her to the ground and drives away (we later see the girl with a black eye and a small cut on her lip as her parents discuss how she had been assaulted). A man slaps his teen daughter on the face; the teen girl cries and runs away.
 A young man punches a teen boy in the stomach, the boy slumps over, four additional young men approach, and the boy elbows two of them in the stomach and moves toward a third young man; a second teen boy enters the fight, and we see him punching and wrestling with a young man. A man punches a teen boy in the eye, the teen boy drops to the ground, and a teen girl breaks a bottle over the man's head; we later hear a group of teens laughing as they talk about the fight and see a small amount of dried blood under the teen boy's nose.
 Two young men grab a teen girl and we hear a teen boy shout and punch one of the young men; a teen boy uses the side mirror from a truck to hit a young man in the face and we see a young man approach the teen boy from behind, about to hit him the head with a rock when a man breaks up the fight.
 During a crash derby, we see a young woman swerve a bus into the side of another bus that a teen boy is driving: the young woman crashes into a pile of tires, a young man steers into an electric pole causing the pole to catch on fire and a portion of the teen boy's bus also catches on fire, the teen boy T-bones a third bus that is driven by a young man, the two buses catch on fire, the young man's bus tips over and both the young man and teen boy escape unharmed. Two teen boys jump onto a bus driven by a third teen boy, they point out that the back of the bus is on fire, and they jump off the slow-moving bus moments before it crashes and they are all unharmed.
 A teen boy rolls off the roof of a car, and he appears in pain but is unharmed. A teen boy crashes down from a chain hanging from a ceiling; he hits the ground and gets up unharmed. A teen girl stands completely still in front of an oncoming fast-moving train, and at the last minute a teen boy grabs her and pushes her on the ground to safety as the train speeds by.
 A teen girl shouts at another teen girl that she "could have died." A teen girl shouts at her parents. A man shouts at his teen daughter. A husband tells his wife that he does not hit women. A teen boy shouts out loudly to himself. A young man explains to a teen boy that a crash derby is dangerous and he makes an explosion motion with his hand. A man tells another man that a teen boy had watched his mother die slowly from leukemia. A teen girl explains to a teen boy that her brother had died in a car accident. A teen boy knocks into another teen boy, and one of the boys make a mock threat that the other should not wear camouflage because he "might get shot." A teen boy jokes about having to punch another teen boy. A man jokingly tells a teen boy that hamburgers contain beef and opossum meat. A teen boy jokes that a teen girl's father is going to "take her out to the wood shed," implying a joke about the father beating the teen girl.
 A teen boy jokingly sprays another teen boy with a water hose, and the teen boy shouts. A teen boy screams along to a song and playfully scares two young girls, who run away screaming. A woman playfully punches a man's arm after he looks at a teen girl suggestively. A teen boy smashes a window.
 A young man spits out beer and we see the spray come out of his mouth.

PROFANITY 4 - 2 sexual references, 16 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms (3 mild), 11 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (too big in the britches, old man, choirboy, preacher's daughter, little guy, punk, Yankee Doodle, numb [anatomical term], hayseed, animal, bully, deadbeat, smart-aleck, Barney Fife, Huckleberry, crazy, hussy, [scatological term] ant, sweetcakes, slut, lug nut, small town, dork, idiots), exclamations (hot dang, shut up, daggone), 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a young man smoking a marijuana cigarette and he jokes about the smoke going on a teen girl, a young man hands a teen boy a marijuana cigarette after discussing smoking marijuana, a teen boy hands a young man a marijuana cigarette and a man shouts at the boy and chases him to a bathroom where the boy flushes the marijuana cigarette in the toilet, three men accuse a teen boy of having a marijuana cigarette and the teen boy says that he does not do drugs and would take a drug test to prove it, and a teen boy jokingly asks another teen boy what he was "smoking" and he explains that he used the word as an adjective. Throughout the movie we see teenagers drinking, teens drink at a party and are then in a drunk-driving accident, a teen boy is seen drinking beer and we see teenagers drinking presumably alcohol from plastic cups, a young man acts intoxicated and is asked by his teenage girlfriend if he had "smoked too much," a teen boy asks a woman if they serve liquor at a bar and the woman says the bar does not serve alcohol, a man reads aloud an ordinance being passed that prohibits drinking and illicit drugs at functions with teens, a man jokes with a teen boy that the secret ingredient in a recipe is bourbon, and a song is heard with lyrics about the singer getting a fake ID so he could go to a bar.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Separation of church and state, small town mentalities, grief, death of a parent, activism, violence against women, domestic violence, underage drinking, revenge, disappointment.

MESSAGE - Overcoming grief is hard. Determination is needed to overcome obstacles.

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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