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Ginger & Rosa [2013] [PG-13] - 4.3.5



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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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Born on the same day and in the same hospital, two teenage girls (Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) are best friends for life. Bus as their interests change their relationship splinters. Also with Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening and Jodhi May. Directed by Sally Potter. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Two teen girls and two young men stand in an alley and kiss; one of the couples lies on the ground and the young man moves on top of the teen and sex is implied.
 A young man and a teen girl stand behind a bus stop shelter and kiss passionately (we see their silhouette through the glass). A man and a woman lie on a bed together and he lies on top of her (both are clothed). A man kisses another man on the head. A husband and his wife hug.
 A teen girl moves toward an older man while they are on a sailboat and touches his shoulders (it is implied that they have a sexual relationship). A teen girl caresses a man's shoulders and another teen girl sees her and appears upset. A man and a teen girl hug and dance and he says, "You are a thing of beauty." A man admires a teen girl in the back seat of his car through the rear view mirror. A teen girl lies in a bed and appears upset that her friend is with her father in another room (sex is implied).
 A wife accuses her husband of infidelity. A teen girl says, "Boys don't like girls who are too serious." A woman makes a joke about a "vicar with a cannon."
 Two women are shown in hospital gowns writhing on hospital beds while in labor. Two teen girls wearing bras and jeans sit in a bathtub together and we see their bare shoulders, cleavage, panty tops and abdomens. A teen girl tries on clothes while another teen girl watches her (we see her in a bra and her bare abdomen and cleavage are exposed).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see an image of an explosion and a mushroom cloud. We hear reports of many people dying in war.
 A wife slaps her husband, he grabs her hands and she yells at him. A woman slaps a teen girl in the face.
 We see a woman in stupor after taking an overdose of drugs (we see prescription vials scattered around her) and an ambulance is called. Two women are shown in hospital gowns writhing on hospital beds while in labor.
 Many people are shown marching in a protest and the police disburse the crowd and drag many people away, including a teen girl; we see the girl later in a jail cell. Many people march in protest. Two teen girls hitchhike and are picked up by two young men; the driver drives recklessly and the girls become frightened and get out of the car (no one is harmed). A teen girl appears to be frightened about the end of the world all the time.
 A husband and his wife argue. A teen girl yells at her mother. A wife accuses her husband of infidelity. A teen girl says of her friend, "She's not disturbed, she's my best friend." We hear President John Kennedy talking about Cuba and Russia and the cost of freedom. A teen girl participates in political protests and talks about being afraid of a bombing. Two teen girls talk about protesting "the bomb." People discuss politicians and war. A man says, "God is an invention" and "people need something to believe." A teen says that a man is "wounded emotionally." A teen girl asks a man if her mother "cried all the time before she had me?" A teen girl says, "I don't want to die" after a woman says that it is likely that we will all be obliterated. We hear that a man's mother left when he was young and a teen girl's father left when she was younger. A teen girl says, "I think I'm pregnant." A teen girl says, "I'll explode if I say" when asked what is troubling her.
 A teen girl vomits over the side of her bed and we see the goo on the floor. A teen girl irons another teen girl's hair. A teen girl bites her fingernails.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 2 sexual references, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (disturbed, monster, gangster), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a woman in stupor after taking an overdose of drugs (we see prescription vials scattered around her). People drink wine with dinner in a couple of scenes, people are shown drinking and smoking in a pub, and a teen girl drinks a beer in a pub. Two teen girls smoke cigarettes and one coughs as she blows out the smoke, a man smokes a cigarette in several scenes, a young man offers a teen girl as cigarette and she takes it and smokes, and a man smokes cigarettes in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cuban Missile Crisis, atomic bombs, Hiroshima, friendship, separation, infidelity, relationships ending, divorce, roles of the sexes, being free, activism, resentment, politicians, conscientious objectors, Freud, Bertrand Russell, pacifism, forgiveness, suicide attempts, Communism, freedom.

MESSAGE - Friendship can be tricky.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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