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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

Jamie Kennedy stars as a young man from Malibu, California, who struggles to find out who he really is: Is he white and suburban, a rapper wannabe, or is he truly the freshest gangsta rap artist around? His father (Ryan O'Neal) who's running for public office wants to avoid any embarrassment and hires two trained actors (Anthony Anderson and Taye Diggs) to pose as "real life gangstaz" in order to dissuade his son from pursuing an urban lifestyle. Also with Blair Underwood, Damien Dante Wayans and Regina Hall. Directed by John Whitesell. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Two women kiss and caress a young man in bed, and they pull off his pants (they are wearing bikini tops and mini skirts). A young man kisses a young woman, pushes her back onto a bed and she rolls him off onto the floor. A young man imagines a young woman untying her top and exposing herself to him (we only see his reaction), and he imagines kissing her breasts. A young woman kisses a young man several times. Two young women dance with a young man between them (they "sandwich" him). A young man flirts with a young woman in several scenes. A young man's pants hang low and his butt cleavage is exposed. A painting of a woman shows her bare breasts and part of her buttock cleavage. We see a photograph of a young man's head in the middle of several women's bikini-clad bottoms. A young woman wears short shorts and a low-cut top that expose her cleavage, bare abdomen, bare midriff and bare thighs. A young woman's top exposes cleavage, bare shoulders, midriff and lower back. Young women dance suggestively wiggling and thrusting their hips; in one scene they are dressed in bikinis. A young man's pants fall down around his ankles and we see his boxer shorts.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We see images of drive-by shootings, drug deals, arrests, and dead bodies on stretchers along with the introductory montage. A young man is shot in the buttock by a spear gun (he pulls out the spear and we see a bit of blood). A young man shoots himself in the foot (we see a hole in his sneaker and he hops round screaming). A young woman is shot with a musket (she is wearing a chest plate and we see the ball lodged in the metal). Two cars full of young men drive by shooting their guns at another group of young men, one of whom stands on the roof of a car and shoots back repeatedly at them (no one is hit, but the cars are riddled). Two groups hold guns on each other. A man holds a gun to the chest of a young man. After a car jacking a young man is shoved by a man with a gun into the trunk of the car. A young man is punched and a young man is shoved into a crowd of people who carry and dump him into a dumpster. A young man is grabbed by the throat and held against a railing. A young man is hit on the head with a microphone. A man, a woman and a boy hold guns on a young man. Two cars drive into a house breaking down walls. A grenade is shot into a house, people run out and the house explodes. A young man grabs a young woman's arm roughly and yells at her. Two men practice holding each other up with fake guns. A young man and a young woman yell at and insult each other. Two young men shove and yell at each other, and two men yell at each other. A young man yells at a woman. A woman in a horror movie is followed by a man with a large knife. A young man opens a case with an RPG in it and says it's from "Uncle Ahmed." Some criminal incidents are fake unbeknownst to the victim: Two men car jack a young man and young woman, yell at them and hold them at gunpoint, a man holds a knife to a young man's neck and threatens to cut him, two men threaten to kill a young man and a man shoves a young man against a car and threatens him with a gun.

PROFANITY 6 - 6 F-words (1 is mouthed and 4 are bleeped in the outtake reel), 6 sexual references, 19 scatological terms (several are spoken or written with the addition of nonsense letters, as in "shiznit"), 41 anatomical terms, 73 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 16 religious exclamations, 3 derogatory terms for African-Americans. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Politics, gangsta rap, tough love, kidnapping, ransom, sympathy, racism, parental responsibilities, being accepted, being different.

MESSAGE - Being different does not make you inferior or immoral. Just be yourself.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.)

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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