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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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MPAA Rating: PG

A young orphan (Lil' Bow Wow) dreams of playing basketball like Michael Jordan, but most of all being adopted by a family like those he has seen on TV. When he comes upon a pair of sneakers that he is convinced used to belong to Jordan, he can miraculously slam dunk and more. When he beats a professional player at a half-time promotional stunt, his basketball career begins, and he also finds out a thing or two about families. Also with Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki, Sandra Prosper and Brenda Song. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - We see cheerleaders in a few scenes wearing short skirts and tight tops that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and thighs. A woman wears a short dress that reveals her cleavage, and thighs. A woman hugs a boy to her chest. Cheerleaders dance and shimmy. A man brings a woman to his hotel room, but nothing happens because a boy is in the room.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - During a thunderstorm a boy climbs onto the limb of a tree and tries to retrieve a pair of sneakers hanging from an electrical wire; the limb is struck by lightning and the boy falls to the ground (he's unharmed). Two boys hold another boy while a man burns a picture of his mother. A group of children on motorized scooters race through streets and are chased by cars (one scooter is cut off by a car, one is knocked down, and one jumps over a car but there are no injuries). A man is run down by a souvenir cart, and another man is knocked down by a speeding scooter. Two boys fight over a pair of sneakers; they shove each other and yell. A group of children tape a man to a chair. A boy is threatened repeatedly by a group of boys; they shove him, call him names and wrestle. A man threatens a boy, and a coach yells at his team. A boy dangles from a basketball rim several times. A man is startled and dumps a chessboard and its pieces. A boy eats a lot of food, we see him lying on the floor moaning, and then he burps several times. A boy drives a car recklessly and ends up going through a construction site and dragging markers behind the car. A car is driven into a lake. An unattended garbage cart rolls down a hill (we hear it crash off screen). There are a few scuffles on the basketball court, one ends in a pile up on the floor and the rest are with strong words exchanged. A man and two boys have a paint fight (they all end up covered in paint).

PROFANITY 3 - 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 8 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations, 4 "dangs." [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Orphans, adoption, jealousy, dreams, ambition, greed, family, scams, confronting our fears, curfew, professional sports.

MESSAGE - We are all special in our own way.

(Note: Residents of an orphanage are forced -- by being threatened with losing their TV privileges -- to sell candy in a parking lot in order to raise money.

Special Keywords: S2 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG

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