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Juno [2007] [PG-13] - 6.3.5



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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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A 16-year-old girl (Ellen Page), disillusioned by the breakdown of relationships she sees around, her decides to experiment by having sex with her best friend (Michael Cera). When she becomes pregnant she decides to carry the baby to term and have it adopted by an affluent couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman). But getting through each day becomes a challenge despite the support of her family. Also with Olivia Thirlby and Allison Janney. Directed by Jason Reitman. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a teenage girl from the knees down, from behind, and her panties fall down around her ankles; we also see a teenage boy seated across the room and he is nude (his bare legs, abdomen and chest are visible), she walks across the room to him, sits on his lap, they kiss and they each confess to having wanted each other for some time (the scene ends but sex is implied).
 A young woman offers a teenage girl a scented condom and tells her that her boyfriend uses them and that they make his genitals smell like pie. During a high school sex education class, a teacher places a condom on a banana.
 A teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss. A teenage boy climbs into a hospital bed with a teenage girl and they hold each other.
 A pregnant teenage girl and a teenage boy talk about what they should do about the pregnancy. Two teenage girls talk about one of them having planned to have sex with a teenage boy and that she is now pregnant. Several people make reference to teenagers being "sexually active" in several scenes. A teenage girl talks about a teenage boy being "great" sexually. A young woman asks a teenage girl if she is showing any signs of pregnancy, such as changing nipple color, etc.
 We see a teenage girl's very pregnant bare abdomen and a woman caresses it and talks to it while they stand in a busy shopping mall. In a woman's clinic, a young woman asks a teenage girl to fill out a form with "every sore and every score." A teenage girl takes a pregnancy test and it is positive. Two teenage boys talk about a teenage girl being pregnant.
 A man and a teenage girl slow dance together (nothing sexual is implied) and he talks about dancing at his senior prom with a girl who let him "put his hands all over her butt." A teenage girl spends time alone with a man and her mother tells her that that is inappropriate and that there are boundaries that she should not cross.
 People stare and point at a teenage girl who is pregnant. A teenage boy holds a pair of a teenage girl's underwear in his hand while looking at her picture in a high school yearbook. A man teases a teenage girl about being pregnant.
 A young man is shown in running shorts in several scenes (bare legs to the thigh).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teenage girl screams and moans during labor and delivery and we see the baby held by a nurse (a bit of goo and blood are shown).
 A teenage girl ties a licorice noose, throws one end over a tree limb and pretends to hang herself (she pulls it down and eats the licorice).
 A teenage girl protests abortion outside a women's clinic and calls out to a teenage girl who's going inside.
 A teenage boy and a teenage girl argue. A teenage girl yells at a man. A teenage girl talks about wanting to punch someone in the genitals. A teenage girl talks about ripping off all her clothes and jumping into a shopping mall fountain.
 We see a fetus on a sonogram screen and a teenage girl makes a remark about the size of the baby's head.
 A teenage girl vomits into an urn. A woman asks a teenage girl if she vomited into a decorative urn.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 22 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (jock, jerk, stupid, nerds, squares, stink eye), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks wine. A teenage girl carries an unlit pipe in her mouth in a few scenes. A teenage girl talks about having been on prescription medication for behavioral issues.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teenage pregnancy, teenage sex, abortion, adoption, abandonment, parenthood, being different, supportive parents, dreams, goals, sacrifices, nesting, selflessness, marriage, broken families, friendship, relationships, divorce, disappointment, growing up, collaborative divorce, losing faith in humanity, love, sadism.

MESSAGE - Love is hard work. Parents seem to assume that teenagers are not sexually active, when in reality they are.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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