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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

The story combines plot elements from four of Ludwig Bemelmans' classic "Madeline" titles: "Madeline," "Madeline and the Bad Hat," "Madeline's Rescue" and "Madeline and the Gypsies." With Hatty Jones and Frances McDormand.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Sexual innuendo.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Some shoving and wrestling between a girl and boy. Clowns knock each other around (played for laughs). A truck chases two children through some woods. Children are forced into a truck and tied up. A girl kicks a man in the crotch. A girl is frightened while in a dark museum full of statues, a girl falls off a bridge into a river and a girl suffers from an appendicitis attack and is rushed to the hospital. Reckless driving and some property damage. A man steps in dog poop. References to harming animals and flatulence.

PROFANITY 2 - A couple of mild obscenities, scatological references and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, illness, family, orphans, kidnapping, nuns, religious schools, greed.

MESSAGE - Being brave and smart can save the day.

Special Keywords: S1 - V2 - P2 - MPAAPG

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