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Never Been Kissed



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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

Nerdy journalist Drew Barrymore goes undercover to infiltrate the popular clique at a local high school and write a story about today's teens. Also with David Arquette, Molly Shannon, Michael Vartan, John C. Reilly, Leelee Sobieski, Garry Marshall, Jessica Alba, Jeremy Jordan, Marley Shelton and Jordan Ladd. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo. Kissing, often passionately. A woman grabs her clothed breasts and licks a pencil (as if she were performing fellatio) in front of a man; he briefly wiggles his tongue at her. We see students in a classroom putting condoms onto bananas. We see the bottom part of a girl's bare buttocks hanging out of her short shorts and we see many girls wearing short skirts and cleavage- and midriff-revealing tops. We see shirtless boys with towels wrapped around their waists and a boy wearing a dress shirt and underwear in a few scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A boy throws a couple of eggs at a girl. A woman runs into a door and is knocked out; we briefly see a small red bump on her forehead. A condom snaps off a banana and hits a man in the forehead. We hear a girl throwing up.

PROFANITY 3 - Several anatomical references, a couple of scatological references, several mild obscenities and some name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - High-school, undercover reporting, being an outcast, popularity, sex education, promiscuity, marijuana use, teen drinking, deception, teacher/student relationships.

MESSAGE - Being true to yourself is more important than being popular.

Special Keywords: S4 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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