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The Girl Next Door [2004] [R] - 8.4.9



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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 young woman (Elisha Cuthbert) moves to a quiet town hoping to escape her past as an actress in pornographic movies. A young man (Emile Hirsch) attending the local high school dreams of getting away from this quiet town and making a name for himself academically. When their paths cross and secrets are uncovered they see that they can help each other find who they really want to be. Also with Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Chris Marquette and Paul Dano. Directed by Luke Greenfield. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A young man and a young woman kiss, she sits on top of him, thrusts rhythmically, and they kiss again. Young men and young women kiss in several scenes. A young man kisses two women wearing bikini-type underwear. A young man imagines a young woman unzipping his father's pants, performing oral sex on him (we hear her moaning) and kissing his mother, down to her breasts. Two women kiss passionately. Two women kiss and nuzzle two young men while being photographed. Two women lap dance on a man and a young man (we see their bare breasts). A man tries to force a young man to perform oral sex on him and opens his pants. Men and women kiss and caress each other. A young man drops his underwear and prepares for a sex scene in a pornographic movie. A young woman lies on a bed, removes her top to her bra and invites a young man to have sex with her. A young man watches pornographic videos in several scenes: we see a woman moving rhythmically and moaning in one scene. Two young men watch another pornographic movie and we hear the actors moaning, and in another video we see a young woman remove her robe in front of two men (we see her bare back) and we hear her moan. A young man kisses another young man on the mouth (it's not clear whether it is sexual). Young men and women dance and kiss. We see a statue of a woman on her hands and knees with a man standing behind her (presumably having sex). A young man stares at a young woman admiringly and watches her undress through a window (we see her bare back, the side of her bare breast and her buttocks in a thong). Young men talk about having sex and wanting to have sex (sometimes in crude terms) in many scenes. We see topless women wearing thongs dancing in a night club; men admire them as they dance around poles (we see bare breasts and buttocks). Two women are shown nude revealing bare breasts and buttocks. A young man is forced by a young woman to remove all of his clothes while standing in a street (we see his bare butt and chest and his hands cover his private parts), he runs through the street holding an inner tube over himself. Young men moon a security officer (we see their bare buttocks) and we see a man in thong underwear (bare buttocks are revealed). A young woman removes her clothes to her bra and panties, and a young man removes his clothes to his boxers and they get into a swimming pool together. Two women remove their dresses revealing bras and panties. We see sculptures of women's abdomens and crotches, bare buttocks, and the male sex organ. People remark about a young man's endowment while watching a pornographic video. We see many women in tiny bikinis with thongs, dancing suggestively at an adult film convention, and we also see a person dressed in a costume that resembles the male sexual organ. A woman tells a young man that he's "cute" and she strokes his thigh. A young woman who is being photographed (we don't know this initially) licks her lips and says "how do you want me?" A man makes a sexual threat toward a young man. A classroom of young people watch a movie about unprotected sex and teenage pregnancy. A young man's nickname is a slang term for a part of the female anatomy. A group of young men thrust their hips and rub themselves on a person wearing a mascot costume. A young man lands in a cake shaped like breasts. Women wear low-cut, short tops that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens, and low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders and backs. We see a magazine picture of a woman in her underwear. A young man and a young woman flirt in several scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man hits a young man on the head and face (we see him with a bloody nose). A man throws a young man on the ground and threatens him. A man shoves a young man against shelves, and a man grabs a young man and drags him out of a classroom. A bird attacks a young man's head. A man chases two young men, one falls off a staircase, the other jumps off. A man grabs a young man. Two young men give another young man a wedgie. A person wearing a mascot costume is tackled. Two young men fence, and one hits the other in the stomach with the sword (nobody's hurt). A young man jumps into a moving car (his legs flap around in the air). A man threatens a young man. A young man imagines being chased by a security officer in a car and we see the car crash into another car.

PROFANITY 9 - 42 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 18 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 4 religious profanities, 23 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Pornography, the adult movie industry, peer pressure, priorities, sexuality, being yourself, making choices, second chances, sex education, virginity, safe sex, teenage pregnancy, politics, moral fiber, love, friendship, disappointment, skipping school, bestiality.

MESSAGE - The choices we make, make us who we are.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco and marijuana and we hear about people taking ecstasy.)

Special Keywords: S8 - V4 - P9 - MPAAR

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