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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

Based on the 1899 newsboys' strike in New York City, the film touches on the subjects of child labor and unionism.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - None. There is an innocent romance between the lead character and the sister of his best friend that ends in a rather passionate (for Disney) kiss. Ann-Margaret is a sexy vaudeville singer, but seems more garish than sensual.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A couple of fist fights, Disney-style: No gore.

PROFANITY 0 - None. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Working conditions for minors at the turn of the century, unionism, strikes.

MESSAGE - You should stand up for your rights and if you band together you can fight even a bigger power.

Special Keywords: S1 - V1 - P0 - MPAAPG

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