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I Love You, Beth Cooper [2009] [PG-13] - 6.4.5



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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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Hayden Panettiere stars as the prettiest girl in high school, and she decides to give the class brain (Paul Rust), who has publicly declared his love for her during his valedictorian speech, a memorable night. When she drops by his graduation party, while her bullying and muscular boyfriend follows. Also with Lauren London, Lauren Storm, Jack T. Carpenter, Shawn Roberts, Brendan Penny, Alan Ruck and Cynthia Stevenson. Directed by Chris Columbus. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A husband and his wife kiss and hug while in their car, their cell phone vibrates and the man pushes it down into the front of the woman's pants to stimulate her (we see the man getting out of the car with his pants down around his ankles and the woman gets out, tugging her dress down).
 Two teen girls cuddle with a teen boy on a sofa: one girl licks the boy's face, one blows in his ear, one unbuttons his shirt, and the two girls get up and lead the boy to the bedroom for sex (we see the three of them in bed after the fact, covered by a sheet).
 A young man and a young woman make out in car: they kiss and he momentarily touches her clothed breast, and he then lifts her sweater (we don't see anything). A teen boy gets an erection when a teen girl gets on top of him to see if he's hurt (we know this from dialogue and do not see anything).
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss in several scenes. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss romantically. A teen girl kisses a teen boy on the cheek, followed by a big kiss on the lips and then they hug. A teen boy kisses a teen girl on the hand. A teen girl kisses a teen boy on the cheek.
 A teen boy hides his erection by holding a frozen waffle in front of him (he's wearing pants). A teen boy, wearing only underwear, hides his crotch with his hands. A teen boy's head ends up in a teen girl's lap when the car they are in stops suddenly; he, as well as the audience, gets a close look at her panties under her short skirt. A teen girl wrapped in a towel drops the towel exposing herself fully to a teen boy (we see the side of her bare breast). A teen boy takes a lingering look at a girl's panties (she's not wearing them). A teen girl takes off her graduation robe to reveal a skimpy outfit underneath (shorts, cleavage, bra straps and the top of her bra are visible under her top). Teen girls undress in a shower room: we see one girl's bare back and other girls are shown wrapped in towels. We see a poster of a teen girl wearing a cheerleader outfit on the ceiling above a teen boy's bed. We see many teens wearing bathing suits in and around a swimming pool at a party. A teen boy undresses down to underwear. A teen boy removes his shirt. We see medical posters of the human muscular system on a teen's wall.
 A teen girl offers to kiss a shopkeeper if he sells her beer (in the next shot she's leaving the store with the beer). A high school coach tries to seduce a teen girl at a party.
 A teen boy makes a comment about a swordfight and using erect penises as swords.
 High school cheerleaders perform a routine that includes suggestive moves and gestures and a teen boy joins in. A teen boy gets condoms out of drawer. A teen girl blows up a condom like a balloon. A woman grabs her son's underpants by the band (he's wearing them) and pulls up. A teen girl gives tampons to a teen boy to stick up his bleeding nose. A teen girl sticks her finger in a teen boy's ear. A young man makes crotch-rubbing gesture.
 A teen boy and a teen girl are shown sleeping in a car with their heads on each other's shoulders. A teen boy asks another boy for a hug and he gets one (it is not sexual).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A teen boy grabs another teen boy by the shirt collar choking him; then he drops him to the ground, and puts his foot on the boy's throat and grabs him roughly. Several teen boys grab other teen boys, tossing them back and forth; one boy is punched in the face, one boy tackles another boy, one boy is kicked down and we see face kicks and a stomach kick that throws a boy into a table. A man punches out another man.
 An angry teen boy pounds on the doors and windows of a house trying to get in: once inside he throws and breaks a vase, throws a microwave oven into a wall and otherwise trashes the kitchen; he then punches a framed photo and breaks the glass.
 A teen boy waves a toy light saber around threateningly, another teen boy swings the arms of a skeleton as nun-chucks and strikes the other teen, and a teen girl smashes the skeleton skull over one boy's head.
 A teen boy snaps a wet towel at another boy's crotch. A group of young kids snap towels at another kid. A teen boy snaps a wet towel in another boy's face, followed by an extended towel fight between several boys, and a few fall down stairs in the process.
 A teen boy cuts his hand opening champagne bottle (we see his hand bleeding), and the cork pops out, hits him in the eye and knocks him to the ground. A teen boy, who has been drinking, picks up a shotgun and playfully points it at other teens. A teen girl opens a beer bottle with her teeth, and a teen boy attempts to do the same but loses a tooth, which goes down his throat; he then spits it out into the girl's face.
 A teen boy climbs out of a 2nd floor window and onto the roof: he attempts to climb down the drainpipe but it doesn't hold and he hits the ground, while another teen boy, also on the roof, is prodded in the rear by a light saber and falls to ground; a few other boys climb out onto the roof and jump safely to ground.
 A car skids, plowing into a teen boy and knocking him to the ground. We see teens driving recklessly at high speeds. A teen drives a Driver's Ed car recklessly, hitting traffic cones, veering into the street and bringing traffic to a halt. A car is driven at night with its lights off, swerving down the road and it sideswipes another car. An SUV crashes through a wall. A car is driven up steps.
 A remark is made about a teen boy's road rage. A teen boy says to another teen boy, "Prepare to die!" We hear lyrics of a song that include "School's blown to pieces." We hear that a teen boy's dad beats him. A joking mention of stalking and kidnapping is made. A teen boy makes a comment about a swordfight and using their erect penises as swords.
 A raccoon bares its teeth at teens and chases them. We see stuffed (as in taxidermy) animals in a cabin. A field is full of large cow patties and a teen boy steps in one, which covers his shoe.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, one "What the F-" (the letter F, not the word), 16 sexual references (including "I loved her from behind," "I was sexually abused," "I'm gay, dude, I'm totally gay," "There are condoms in my bedside table," "I think my Dad wants us to have sex," "Your parents use condoms?" "He's getting all date-rapey," "Get yourself tested for gonorrhea"), 15 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (big dumb moron, creepy loser, retarded, sissy, geek, scary wackjob), 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 5 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A mention is made of cocaine and speed used by a teen boy, a teen boy is asked, "Have you been doing coke?" and a teen says "I was under an influence." We see teens drinking beer by a campfire, teens drink at a party, parents give champagne to just-graduated high school teens at a party and they specify one glass for each partygoer and nothing for anyone who's driving, there are alcohol related remarks, several teens buy beer using fake I.D.s., teens are shown driving and holding a gun while drinking and while under the influence of alcohol. We see a glimpse of prescription pill bottles in drawer, and a teen mentions his "blackouts."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teen drug use, teen sex, teen drinking, bullying, drinking and driving, discovering sexual orientation, pedophilia, post-graduation plans.

MESSAGE - Announcing how you feel publicly may prove embarrassing, but may also lead to adventure.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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