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Miss Congeniality



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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

A tomboyish female FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) must go undercover as a beauty pageant contestant to apprehend a serial killer. Also with Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Heather Burns and Ernie Hudson. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A few instances of sexual innuendo, including references to breasts, male genitalia, and a fake orgasm. Mild kissing. We see several women in bathing suits. We see a few scenes in a women's dressing room; a few women are in their bras. A man slaps a woman in the buttocks twice. A female mannequin has breasts. A man stuffs padding into a woman's bra; a woman stuffs padding into her bra. One man is presented as stereotypically gay.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A girl punches a boy in the face; a boy punches another boy in the face. Threatening with guns. A man chokes on a peanut but is fine. A man puts a knife to a woman's throat and threatens to cut her. Several shots fired in a couple of scenes; a man is shot in the chest but survives (no blood). A woman knocks a man to the ground, punches him a few times in the face, and kicks him. A woman kicks a man in the face. A man and woman wrestle for several minutes, flipping, grabbing and kicking each other. A woman is almost hit by a car. A woman screams in pain after having her bikini wax ripped off. A woman trips several times. A woman has a bandaged cut on her nose. A beauty crown explodes (it's not on anyone's head) and causes a fire and havoc. A female mannequin explodes. A man pulls a woman into a pool.

PROFANITY 5 - One implied F-word, several anatomical references, a few scatological references, some mild obscenities and religious profanities, a few insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Beauty pageants, FBI investigations, love, deception, winning at all costs.

MESSAGE - With a little work, a tough and mannerless woman can be molded into a beauty queen.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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