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Love Don't Cost a Thing [2003]



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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-13

An unpopular but very intelligent young man (Nick Cannon ) in the last semester of his senior year in high school comes up with a plan to become popular: It involves paying a popular cheerleader (Christina Milian) to pretend to be his girlfriend for two weeks. Also with Vanessa Bell Calloway, Kal Penn and Steve Harvey. Directed by Troy Beyer [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young woman kisses a young man's neck, she climbs on his lap and pulls down her dress revealing cleavage and a red bra, she unzips his sweater and says "mama's gonna take good care of you." A young man and a young woman kiss, lie back on the ground and kiss; we see them later with her on top of him, and when he gets up he is pulling his pants up. A young man and a young woman flirt with each other. Many women surround a man's car and one asks if he wants company. A young man talks about another young man masturbating. Young men admire young women as they walk by. A young man accidentally touches a woman's breasts. A young woman pulls down a young man's pants and we see the top of his underwear (she's trying to help him dress cool). A young man grabs his crotch while dancing. Cheerleaders in short skirts and low-cut tops (exposing cleavage and bare thighs) dance suggestively. Young women in bikinis (we see cleavage, bare abdomens, bare thighs) dance with young men at a pool party and at a beach party thrusting hips. A man demonstrates and discusses how to have sex. A man gives his son a box full of assorted condoms and describes how and when the different types should be used, and a man shows his son how to open and unroll a condom. A woman meows at a man and he barks at her, and then chases her. A man says to his son "no woman can resist the motion of the ocean" (implying sex in a water bed) and thrusts his hips suggestively. A young man misunderstands when a young woman says, "you are starting to feel yourself too much." A young bare-chested man in his underwear dances in front of a mirror. A young man imagines that he is going to kiss a young woman. A young man shows other young men his jeans' label and they ask if that's the "gay surrender." A young man is dressed like a woman.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A young man holds another young man around the neck. A young man threatens to beat up another young man. A young man shoves another young man into a locker, and he falls to the floor. A young woman drives a car into a guardrail. A young man shoves another young man, and a young man smashes a piece of pizza into another young man's face. A young man sprays himself in the eye with mouth spray, a young man falls into a swimming pool, and other young men make fun of him. Young men pile on top of each other. People make fun of, tease and insult another group of people, in several scenes. A young man eats a raw egg, and a young man flatulates in a few scenes. A young man insults a young woman and is being rude.

PROFANITY 4 - 10 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 10 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Popularity, disappointment, betrayal, goals, parental pride, friendship, jealousy, respect, keeping promises.

MESSAGE - Being something you are not cannot and will not make you happy.

(Note: It isn't clear if it is alcohol, but people drink at parties.)

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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