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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
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG

A gifted 14-year-old violinist (Evan Rachel Wood) has given up summer camp with her friends in order to get ready for her audition with a prestigious youth orchestra. She also keeps busy as the neighborhood "secret keeper": for a nominal 50 cent fee she'll keep any child's secret, including incriminating evidence such as broken china, bric-a-brac, etc. Eventually, however, she discovers that keeping secrets can be much costlier. Also with Michael Angarano, Vivica A. Fox, David Gallagher and Danielle Chuchran. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A 15-year-old young man and a 14-year-old young woman kiss. A young woman kisses a young man on the cheek. A young man touches a young woman's hair, and a young man moves closer to a young woman while they talk and she pulls away. A young man and a young woman look at each other admiringly and flirt. Two young men talk about a young woman being pretty. A young woman looks longingly at a poster of a man several times (the poster appears to have a lipstick outline of a kiss on it). A 9-year-old girl writes romantic e-mails to an older boy pretending that she is 14, and she's dressed in jewelry and grown-up make-up. A young man talks to a young woman via videotape, and makes a reference to her "developing" and throws her kisses. Young women wear mini-skirts and some tight-fitting outfits.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A young woman falls from a rooftop and lands on the ground below; we see her neck in a brace as she is wheeled away on a stretcher and we see a bandaged cut on her forehead later. We hear that a man and a woman were hit head-on by a drunk driver and were killed; their baby in the back seat of the car was spared. There are a few conversations about young men stealing a car, driving after having beer (while impairment is implied, one character argues that they were not intoxicated) and hitting another car head-on and injuring the driver of the other car. A young man grabs another young man by the shoulder, drags him away from a party and yells at him. A young woman becomes overwhelmed (she looks unnerved) by the sound of crying babies while in a store. A young woman and her parents argue a few times. A woman goes into labor and we see her pushing during delivery and hear her moaning; we see the baby at the time of delivery covered with some goo. A young man makes the gesture for gagging (finger in his mouth). We see a sonogram image of a baby in the womb and see the mother's bare abdomen during the test. We see lots of broken crockery and other fragile items.

PROFANITY 1 - 1 mild obscenity, 2 mild anatomical terms, 2 biological references and some name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Secrets, trust, truth, family, adoption, aspirations, having babies later in life, quitting, shoplifting, credentials, competition.

MESSAGE - Keeping secrets about yourself and others will lead to trouble.

(Note: A man and woman open a bottle of champagne, but we don't see them drinking it. There is a strong "don't drink and drive" message.)

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P1 - MPAAPG

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