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High School High



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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: PG-13

Jon Lovitz teaches in a high school that is more of a military zone than an educational institution in this satire of all "teacher saves students" movies.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lovitz' bare buttocks, lots of other bare male buttocks. At a strip club, bikini clad breasts and G-string clad buttocks are wriggled in Lovitz' face. Kissing during a make-out. Lovitz fondles his girlfriend's clothed breasts. Lots of sexual innuendo including homosexual and bestiality references. Short skirts and cleavage revealing tops on the female students. Suggestive dancing: a woman rubs a scarf all over her clothed body and she is obviously enjoying it.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A student gags and dies on poisoned punch, a student writes on an arm with a knife and there's blood. An attempted rape that ends in a fistfight. Sometimes played for laughs: Lots of gang fights with shoving, kicking, scuffling; Students hit by a principal with a ball bat; Lovitz is pelted with spitballs, hit in the head with a loose floorboard, electrocuted by a light switch, falls/jumps off a bus onto a curb. Reckless driving, an explosion, kicks in the crotch.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word in a background song, an obscene gesture, a couple of scatological references, many mild obscenities and anatomical references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teaching, high school, gangs, drugs.

MESSAGE - Some students are worth saving; sanctimonious films about teachers saving their students are easily satirized.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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