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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
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MPAA Rating: R

Rap stars Redman and Method Man star as two regular but intelligent guys who smoke something supernatural that helps them ace their college entrance exams and end up at Harvard. When they run out of their supernatural smoke, they have to rely on their wits to make the grade. Lark Voorhies, Trieu Tran, Justin Urich, Al Shearer, Essence Atkins, Obba Babatundé, Fred Willard, Anna Maria Horsford, Patrice Fisher, Sacha Kemp, Mike Epps, Chris Elwood, Hector Elizondo, Jeffrey Jones, Spalding Gray and Kathy Wagner. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Two couples have sex and we see the women's legs in the air and the men thrusting; they are otherwise covered by blankets. A man masturbates while watching a pornographic movie; we hear sounds and moaning from the TV and see his hand moving rhythmically in his pants. We see a woman sleeping in bed partly covered by a sheet; her bare breast, bare hip and leg are exposed. A man grabs a woman's clothed breast, and a woman rubs herself on a man's lap. A man and woman kiss, and a man and woman nearly kiss. Two women proposition two men and make sexual remarks. A man imagines a woman climbing on top of him and kissing him (she wears a top which reveals cleavage), and he also imagines a woman dancing seductively for him (she wears a mini-skirt and a short top which reveals her abdomen and cleavage). Men and women dance suggestively at a party. Two prostitutes wear very tight-fitting outfits and when they bend over we see part of one of their buttocks. A woman wears a tight-fitting, low-cut dress which reveals cleavage. A man and woman are shown in bed together; he's in his underwear and she wears a tank T-shirt. There's a poster of a woman in a bikini, squatting down with her legs apart. We see a couple of bare-chested men on TV. We see a couple of dogs having sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man falls asleep while smoking, his hair catches on fire, he bursts into flames, jumps out a window and lands hard on the street below still burning (we see this scene again only this time he sits up with a charred face and hands and is then torn apart when he's hit by a bus). A man swings a hatchet and cuts a man's shirt. A huge number of birds explode (after eating a drug) spraying an office with goo and feathers. Three men dig up a grave, pull out the remains of a mummified body, drag it back to their room, begin cutting off pieces, put a hand in a blender and try to grind it up, and a man tries to smoke a finger. We hear a man running into a wall and see some blood on his head. A man screws a bolt attached to a man's head-and-neck brace and the man screams in pain. A man punches a man in the stomach and he falls down to the ground; he punches another in the face and he flies into a car windshield cracking it. A man slaps two women in the face, a man punches another man in the face, a man punches a man in the head and a fight breaks out with people being tossed around, punching and shoving, and a man slaps men in the face a few times. Two men sling racial slurs at each other in a few different scenes. Two men ogle a woman as she walks by and they drive their car into a sign. A woman hits her son on the head with a newspaper and yells at him, and a woman slaps a man in the face. A classroom full of people slap themselves in the face. A bike is run over a few times by a truck and a refrigerator is thrown through a window. Some gross-out scenes: a man picks up a dripping condom, a man vomits a lot, a man vomits and we hear it but don't see anything, a man talks with his mouth full of Cheetos (we see it in extreme close-up), a man wears a string of stinky eggs around his neck, a man drinks toilet water from a cup, we hear a man flatulate a couple of times. A man calls the police claiming to have seen a bomb. Three men smoke marijuana for an extended period of time and one passes out on the floor, two men smoke marijuana and cough violently.

PROFANITY 10 - 100 or so F-words and derivatives, 3 obscene hand gestures, 59 scatological terms, 12 sexual references, 65 anatomical terms, 65 mild obscenities, 8 derogatory terms for African-Americans (twice by non-African-Americans), 3 derogatory terms for Caucasians, 4 slang terms for prostitutes, 8 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug dealing, ethnic diversity, celibacy, virginity, respect, pimps, prostitution, classism, racism, ghosts.

MESSAGE - Don't squander your abilities.

(Note: People are shown smoking marijuana and presumably other substances throughout the movie. A man drinks alcohol. A young man sells drugs through an opening in his apartment door. We find out later that he makes his own herbal medications, and that's what he's selling.)

Special Keywords: S6 - V5 - P10 - MPAAR

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