Josh and S.A.M.

 
 

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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: PG-13

An 8-year-old (Noah Fleiss) is convinced that he's really a Strategically Altered Mutant (ergo S.A.M.), and afraid that he'll be sent off to fight a secret war in Africa, he decides to flee to Canada and safety.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is hit over the head with a pool-stick and starts to strangle a boy with his hands while screaming threats. There are several scenes depicting dangerous situations for kids to be in: in one scene, a boy runs under a moving train and two boys (ages 7 and 12) take turns driving a stolen car. In one instance, a boy smashes his head against the windshield and gets a bloody cut on his forehead. Kids also hitchhike in several instances, and are basically runaways.

PROFANITY 3 - Mainly scatological language, and a boy is harassed as being gay, in sexually derogatory terms. No F-words. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, stealing, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - Like it or not, you're stuck with the family you've got, so you might as well make the best of it.

Special Keywords: S0 - V3 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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