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Mad Love



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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
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell star as two teenagers in love and on a road trip, against parental wishes.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman is shown in her underwear a few times and in clinging clothing often; and a man is shown bare-chested a few times. There are a few scenes of a couple kissing passionately, and a scene where the two are naked (but we see no nudity) and they are having sex (there's also an implication of oral sex).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Reckless driving with two near collisions and one actual collision (no one is hurt). A woman fires a gun at man's feet and threatens to actually shoot him and/or herself. Scenes of yelling. A woman is shown restrained by handcuffs in a mental hospital.

PROFANITY 5 - Two F-words and two variations of the F-word, approximately ten scatological terms, and a handful of milder obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parental control, abandonment by a parent, running away, mental illness, suicide.

MESSAGE - Mental illness is a disease that must be treated -- love alone won't cure it; nevertheless, everybody needs the support of friends.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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