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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: R

A night in the life of several young San Franciscans at a rave. With Lola Glaudini, Hamish Linklater, Denny Kirkwood, Mackenzie Firgens, Vincent Riverside, Rachel True, Steve Van Wormer, Nick Offerman, Ari Gold, Angelo Spizzirri, Jeff Witzke, Bradley K. Ross, Lew Baldwin, Dmitri Ponce, Elizabeth Sun, Chris Ferriera, Aaron Langridge, Jill Jose, Chris Stone, Karl Ackerman, Christoph Klotz, Wendy Tuner-Low, John Digweed, Bing Ching, Forest Green, Polywog, DJ Baggadonuts, DJ Caliban, DJ Garth and Mixmaster Morris. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Several kisses, some passionate and some between two men. From a distance, we see a clothed woman moving on top of a clothed man while they both moan. A masseuse rubs a woman's clothed buttocks; she asks him to rub her shoulders instead, which he does. We see several women wearing cleavage- and/or midriff-revealing tops and a couple of shirtless men.


PROFANITY 8 - About 22 F-words, several anatomical references, many scatological references, a mild obscenity, and a couple of insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Raves, drug use, bonding with others, friendship, self-discovery, sexuality.

MESSAGE - Raves are safe, friendly and energizing events. Taking Ecstasy at a rave can be liberating and enlightening.

(Note: The following material does not fall within any of the regular categories but could be objectionable to some viewers: We see a few people buying the drug Ecstasy, we see a few people swallowing the pills, and it's implied that nearly everyone at the rave has taken the drug (there are also several references to drug use). Also, a couple of people appear to be sniffing fumes from a can; one stumbles around and is later seen lying on the floor, nearly unconscious, and at one point he pretends to actually be unconscious, which causes another person to briefly panic and try to revive him.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V0 - P8 - MPAAR

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