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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

A former mental institution patient (Lori Heuring) working at a country club is befriended by a member (Susan Ward) and introduced to the lifestyles of wealthy college partiers -- a scene that soon turns sinister when the working-class girl discovers the debutante's manipulative ways. Also with Matthew Settle, Ethan Erickson, Nathan Bexton, Kim Murphy, Laurie Fortier, Katharine Towne, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Erinn Bartlett, A.J. Buckley, Tess Harper, Jay R. Ferguson, Charlie Finn, Peter Mackenzie and Joanne Pankow. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and woman kiss passionately and move to a couch; then he begins putting his hand under her dress and becomes forceful (please see Violence/Gore for more details). A woman unzips her dress and lets it fall off, then starts kissing a man (no nudity is visible; the scene ends but it's implied the two have intercourse). It's implied that a woman has to have intercourse with a man because her boyfriend lost a pool game (we only see the clothed man lying on the pool table and the woman closing the doors to the room). Two women kiss, and one pulls the other's shirt up a little (no nudity is visible, and there's no further sexual contact). We briefly see a shirtless man and a woman wearing a bikini kissing. A woman tells another that she had sexual fantasies about her psychiatrist; also, there's mention of semen found on a woman's dress. A man somewhat suggestively tells a woman to widen her golf stance, then (in a close-up shot) puts his hands on her inner thighs and pushes them further apart. Two women dance suggestively with each other and with a man; he runs his hands up one woman's clothed torso, and she pulls up his shirt and touches his torso. We see the side of a woman's breast before she puts on a shirt, then we see her breasts and midriff through her slightly transparent top; we also see a woman wearing a bra in two different scenes, many women in bathing suits and cleavage and/or midriff-revealing tops, a few men in bathing suits, and a woman wearing a towel. At a party, a woman's bikini top is untied (she holds her arms over her breasts, so no nudity is visible).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A person beats another to death with a golf club (we see the club moving up and down but not hitting the body; a little blood sprays onto a wall and we also see the bloody golf club afterwards). A person rolls another off a boat and sails away while the person struggles to stay afloat before drowning. Someone falls off a moped that's been tampered with (blood is visible on the person's jacket as the person is lying on the ground and then being loaded into an ambulance); in a later scene the person is using crutches, is wearing a leg brace, and has a bruised and cut shoulder and knee. A person hits another in the stomach with a shovel handle and then tries to hit the person with the actual shovel several times; they scuffle a bit, one chokes the other, and one bites the other's hand and breaks free. A person chases another: one tries to stab the other with hedge trimmers, one kicks a cabinet at another (which breaks in a loud crash), and one pushes a chair into the other. A person grabs another's hair, pushes the person into a pool and then holds the person's head underwater before others discover the scene (the nearly drowned person gasps for air afterwards, but is otherwise fine). A person is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head with a shovel (we later see the person with a slightly bloody neck and shirt collar). A person floating face down in a pool is rescued and given mouth-mouth resuscitation (it's implied that the person might have faked her near-drowning). While kissing passionately, a man pins a woman to the couch and appears ready to rape her until she pushes him off (he hits his head on a column but is unharmed). A person nearly runs into another with a moped; also, there's some reckless driving. We see a flashback of a woman hitting a car's windshield with a stick (we see a person cowering inside the car). A man angrily breaks a pool stick. When a corpse is partially unburied we see its dirt-covered arm (it's implied the person had been murdered and buried a while ago). Two people have bloody cuts on their arms, legs, back and chest; in one scene, a little blood from a person's cut drips onto another person's arm. A woman in a mental institution spits up on her shirt a couple of times.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, a couple of anatomical references, a few scatological references, a few mild obscenities, and many insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental institutions, "trust-fund kids," drunkenness, rehab, psychiatry, murder, jealousy, manipulation, working class vs. upper class, egomania, blaming others for one's personal problems.

MESSAGE - The only way to beat a manipulator is by being more manipulative. Some people will do anything to protect themselves and to get what they want.

(Note: The following scene does not fall within any of the regular categories but could be objectionable to some viewers: it's implied a person slips crushed pills into another's drink, causing the person to lose consciousness).

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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