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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Small-town girl Leelee Sobieski falls for rich prep-school student Chris Klein when he spends the summer rebuilding her family's restaurant, which he and her boyfriend (Josh Hartnett) destroyed while drag-racing. Also with Michael Rooker, Annie Corley, Bruce Greenwood, Annette O'Toole, Elaine Hendrix, Stuart Wilson, Ronni Saxon, Tac Fitzgerald, Jessica Stier and Isabell Monk. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual innuendo (including a reference to bestiality) and several kisses (in one scene a boy kisses a girl's foot, shin, knee, stomach and mouth as they're sitting on the ground, then they lean back, hidden by tall grass, and presumably kiss more). We see the faces and bare shoulders of a boy and girl as they kiss passionately, then we see them presumably nude but mostly covered with sheets while lying in bed the next morning. We see a boy wearing a towel around his waist, a girl wearing only a long dress shirt, a few women in cleavage- and midriff-revealing tops and some shirtless men.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A boy punches another, some boys shove each other a little, a boy is thrown head-first into a drum set on a stage (he's not injured) and a boy tackles another and then they punch each other and wrestle on the ground, eventually falling through the side of a partially built building (each has a small abrasion on his face). A man forcefully puts a boy's arm behind his back when handcuffing him. A person falls while running; we later see the person in a hospital and wearing a leg cast. In an extended scene two cars chase each other, weave in front of each other and nearly hit some pedestrians; eventually one of the cars runs into a gas station, causing an explosion that destroys it and another building (no one is injured). Someone talks about finding their mother in a bathtub filled with blood. We see a scene from a funeral ceremony (a closed casket is visible).

PROFANITY 3 - A couple of anatomical references, several scatological references, a couple of mild obscenities and a couple of profane finger gestures. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Falling in love, love triangles, cancer, death of a loved one, suicide, teen drinking, community service, rivalries, strained family relationships, prejudice.

MESSAGE - Let your heart -- rather than your mind or your friends or family -- tell you how to live your life.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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