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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

Reese Witherspoon stars as a young woman, who seems to have everything going for her, except that her boyfriend's family thinks that she's not smart enough because she's a natural blonde. So she enters Harvard Law to prove that stereotypes are wrong. Also with Matthew Davis, Selma Blair, Luke Wilson and Victor Garber. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young man and woman kiss a few times in several scenes, a young woman talks about another young woman having given a professor a lap dance, a young man kisses a young woman's neck, and a young man kisses a young woman's hand. A man makes a pass at a young woman and fondles her knee. A group of professors watch a video of a young woman in a bikini with great interest, a man admires a woman's behind, and a young woman in a bikini top distracts a group of young men playing football. A young woman wears a Playboy bunny costume exposing lots of cleavage and thigh. Many young women are shown in figure-enhancing outfits throughout the movie: they wear hip huggers, mini skirts and halter tops exposing midriffs, cleavage and thigh. Also a couple of girls are shown in bikinis a few times. A woman is shown in a spa, covered to the shoulders by a sheet. A group of young men are shown without shirts. A young woman motions to her crotch when talking about getting a really bad rash. A group of young women are shown in a bathroom dressed in bras and panties and another group is shown working out in minimal work-out gear. A young woman is shown shaving and we see her bare leg from the knee down. A group of women are shown practicing the "bend-and-snap" method of attracting a man's attention: you bend and then snap back up, accentuating your breasts. There is a discussion of a man having been a habitual sperm donor. Some sexual innuendo: a UPS delivery man talks about "having a package" and "having a big one for you," there are questions during a trial about whether a man and woman are having an affair, and a man asks a young woman "how far will you go." There is a discussion during a trial about whether a man is homosexual.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - There are several discussions of the circumstances surrounding a murder case, where a man was shot to death and his wife was found covered in blood. A young woman drives recklessly and causes an accident (we see some damaged cars in the distance and hear people yelling at her). A woman doing a bend-and-snap snaps into a man's face breaking his nose (we see it bloodied and bandaged), a young woman kicks a young man in the leg under a table, and a young woman slaps a young man in the face. A professor raps a young man on the head with a pencil. A young woman trips and falls on the floor (we hear her land). A man talks very abusively to a woman.

PROFANITY 4 - 2 scatological terms (1 of which is spelled out), 2 sexual references, 22 anatomical terms, 1 religious profanity, 10 religious exclamations, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (one derogatory term for a lesbian used by a lesbian character) and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hair color bias, judging people, preparing for your future, love, being from the privileged class, family expectations, intuition, trust, ending romantic relationships, professional pressure, the Socratic method, competition, trying to be someone you're not.

MESSAGE - Have faith in people, and yourself, you may be surprised. You can be beautiful, and also serious.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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