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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never [2011] [G] - 2.1.1



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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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The film consists of footage of Justin Bieber in the ten days leading up to his sold-out concert at Madison Square Gardens and footage from his 2010 concert tour. Also with Boyz II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston, Ludacris, Jaden Smith, Usher, Snoop Dogg and Scooter Braun. Directed by Jon Chu. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Throughout the movie, girls and teenage girls are seen wearing cleavage-exposing tops and short shorts. A woman is seen wearing a cleavage-exposing blouse. A teenage girl wears a skin-tight and short tube-style dress while performing on stage. A teenage boy is seen shirtless on multiple occasions (his bare back and chest are visible), while practicing a dance in front of a woman, eating cereal, changing his shirt, and walking through a room. A teenage boy is seen changing his shirt (his bare chest and back are visible), and he then tells the cameraman that he is going to change his pants so the camera crew must leave. We see a photograph of a shirtless man (his bare back is visible).
 A teenage boy poses for a photograph while kissing a woman on the cheek. A girl gives a teenage boy a kiss on the cheek. A teenage boy puts his arms around a teenage girl. A teenage boy touches a teenage girl's face lovingly. A teenage girl holds hands with a teenage boy briefly. A teenage boy puts his arm around a teenage girl's waist momentarily.
 On multiple occasions we hear teenage girls and girls saying that they are in love with a teenage boy and that they are dating him or will marry him. A man jokes that a teenage boy should get a haircut that girls can play with. A man addresses the camera and jokes that he sees members of the audience "making out."
 Teenage girls and young girls are seen screaming for a boy. Teenage girls scream as a teenage boy takes off his jacket (he is wearing a shirt).

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man and a teenage boy playfully punch one another, wrestle and the man then lifts up the teenage boy and carries him away. A teenage boy playfully slaps a man, and the man lifts up the teenage boy. A man lifts a teenage boy off a forklift as the teenage boy laughs. A man and a teenage boy jokingly tackle and wrestle one another and the man lifts up the teenage boy. A teenage boy throws a glass of water on a man. A teenage boy playfully slaps a man on the face.
 A teenage boy throws a basketball at two teenage boys and it hits them in the chest with a thud; they are unharmed. A teenage boy hits himself in the head with a yo-yo accidentally; he is unharmed. We see a video of a man falling into a woman and they are both knocked into a pond. A large group of teenage girls and girls chase a teenage boy and the teenage boy runs to avoid them.
 A male doctor tells another man that a teenage boy has mucus on his vocal chords; we see a scope in a teenage boy's throat and see footage of the inside of his throat. A teenage girl is seen carried away from a crowd on a stretcher.
 A teenage boy jokes that he and another teenage boy had broken the leg off a taxidermy fox and we see the teenage boy lift the leg up and toss it. A man says that he had to go into "hand-to-hand combat" with radio stations. A woman jokes that she is going to "drop dead" from shock. A teenage boy tells a man that a drink tastes like, "liquid poop" and "dinosaur pee."
 A teenage boy eats a donut from a box in a trashcan and a woman jokes that the teenage boy is disgusting.

PROFANITY 1 - 2 mild scatological terms, name-calling (Macaulay Culkin of music, disgusting, whiney, light up Christmas elf, knuckleheads), 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman is seen holding a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fame, YouTube, internet/social media, becoming famous as a child, coming of age, throat infections, teenage sensations, music concerts, Madison Square Gardens, Super Mario Brothers.

MESSAGE - There is more to musical stars than just their performance on stage. Justin Bieber is a typical teenager in many ways.

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