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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

In this black comedy, a group of high school girls turn against each other when they accidentally kill one of their friends and disagree on how to cover it up. Starring Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer, Chad Christ, Ethan Erickson, Charlotte Roldan, Carol Kane and Pam Grier. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to lesbianism, rape and oral sex) and some kissing. We briefly see a man lying on top of a girl, kissing her. We see a clothed man moving as if were having intercourse, then we briefly see him moving rhythmically with a clothed woman. A girl in a slip makes a boy in his underwear perform fellatio on a popsicle; it's implied she's performing fellatio on him (we hear him groan and see his facial expressions). Several men and women wiggle their tongues at others in a sexual manner, and a woman gestures as if she's performing fellatio. We see a girl in a tank top and panties and lots of scantily clad women (in short skirts, cleavage-revealing tops, etc.)

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Three girls shove candy in girl's mouth, tape her mouth shut, tie her up and throw her in a car trunk; when they open the trunk later, the girl is dead (apparently from asphyxiation). We see a blotchy, bruised corpse several times. Girls carry a corpse into a house, rip its underwear and force its legs apart; a girl tries to move the corpse's head and we hear a cracking noise. A girl repeatedly shoves another against a wall. A girl faints twice; we see her with a bloody bandage on her head. A crowd pelts a girl with flowers. A girl cracks an egg and we see a bloody yolk in a bowl.

PROFANITY 7 - About 17 F-words, several anatomical references, many scatological references, many mild obscenities and lots of insults (two are seen on a license plate and a shirt). We see an obscene finger gesture. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teenage popularity and cliques, covering up a crime, lying, revenge.

MESSAGE - You can't cover up your crimes and misdemeanors; the truth always comes out in the end.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P7 - MPAAR

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