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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist [2008] [PG-13] - 7.4.5



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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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A New Jersey high school senior (Michael Cera) hits New York city with his friends and band mates hoping to forget the girl who has broken his heart. When a series of events throw a young woman (Kat Dennings) into his path, he begins to wonder if his girlfriend was ever worth the effort in the first place. Also with Ari Graynor, Rafi Gavron, Alexis Dziena, Aaron Yoo, Jonathan Bradford Wright and Jay Baruchel. Directed by Pete Sollett. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss, they recline on a sofa, we hear them whispering and the boy asks about unbuttoning the girl's pants; we hear her moaning rhythmically and then rapidly (implying climax) and we then see them both fastening their pants and leaving the room.
 A man and a woman in the back seat of a car kiss passionately (we see tongues and caressing and we hear moaning) while a teenage boy drives and a teenage girl rides in the passenger seat (we see legs and feet moving in the air and heavy groping is implied).
 A teenage girl wears a low-cut dress that reveals deep cleavage, she poses for a teenage boy, she caresses her breasts, invites him to join her on a bed, straddles him and they kiss (the scene ends but it is implied that sex might have occurred).
 A teenage girl puts a teenage boy's hand on her clothed breast. A teenage girl caresses a teenage boy's ear and cheek with her bare foot, then kisses his neck and caresses his chest. A teenage girl and a young man pass chewing gum back and forth in their mouths while kissing in a crowded bar. A teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss in a few scenes.
 A teenage girl dances with the headlights of a car shining on her, she thrusts her hips and bumps her buttocks, crawls onto the hood of the car and kisses the windshield (we see lipstick lip print on the window) while "Sexy Thing" plays. A teenage girl sits on the hood of a teenage boy's car and waves to him suggestively. A teenage girl grabs three teenage boys and flirts with them in a club. We see photos of a teenage boy and a teenage girl hugging, kissing and holding hands. A teenage boy snuggles against and rests his head on another teenage boy's shoulder. Two teenage boys hold hands, and two women hold hands while walking in a street.
 A teenage girl is carried over a teenage boy's shoulder and we see her lace panties and bare thighs when her short skirt lifts up in the back. We see a photo of a teenage girl wearing either a bikini or a bra and panties (cleavage, bare abdomen and legs are seen) and holding a cigarette. Teenage girls wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie. Teenage girls wear school uniforms that include skirts and knee high socks (knee to mid-thigh is revealed).
 Two teenage girls talk about a rumor that a teenage boy has never had an orgasm. A teenage boy makes a comment stating "The only person who is going to be raped in that van is going to be a guy" (there are 3 teenage boys and one teenage girl, and the implication is that the boys are gay). A teenage boy asks another teenage boy to "ask this hunky guy what his name is" referring to another teenage boy. Two teenage girls talk about having sex with people with their eyes (e.g. "You're blowing him with your eyes"). A teenage boy makes disparaging remarks about several teenage boys being gay. A teenage boy roots through a box of women's lingerie, chooses a bra for a teenage girl and says, "We're all girls here" (implying he's gay). We hear about an "all gay review" and then see men dressed like women singing and dancing on a stage. A teenage boy singing on stage at a club tears off his shirt and throws it into an audience of screaming teenage boys.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A teenage boy head-butts another teenage boy in the face (he holds his nose, and no blood is shown). A teenage girl and a teenage boy yell at each other, and the girl then punches the boy in the throat (he gags and chokes but is OK).
 A teenage girl who is very drunk passes out in the back seat of a car, she is helped out of the car and carried by a teenage boy who, while carrying her over his shoulder, strikes her head on a car door (she's OK).
 A teenage girl wakes up in the back of a van after passing out, she hears three teenage boys making crude sexual comments, and she gets out of the van screaming and runs away. A teenage girl is left by a river, alone and in the dark. Several people drive through a city looking for a teenage girl who has gone missing (they do find her).
 A teenage girl crashes a car into a fire hydrant. A teenage boy drives recklessly through city streets.
 A teenage girl gags a couple of times, covers her mouth with her hand, and runs to a public bathroom where she vomits into a toilet (we see goo and hear gagging and splattering); she then drops her cell phone into the goo-filled toilet and then her gum, she reaches in to retrieve both and then puts the gum back in her mouth. A drunk teenage girl burps several times and drools while passed out.
 A teenage girl drinks alcohol, becomes very drunk and has to be helped out of a bar. A teenage girl and a young man pass chewing gum back and forth in their mouths while kissing in a crowded bar. A teenage girl sneezes on a ticket booth window (we see spittle and a piece of gum that she picks off the window and places back in her mouth). A teenage girl takes a chewed piece of gum from another teenage girl and puts it in her mouth and chews it. A teenage boy spits out his gum and it hits another young man in the back of the head.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 10 sexual references, 10 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 7 exclamations (shut-up), 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 1 derogatory term for a young Jewish woman, name-calling (straight-edge, crazy, retarded), 1 religious profanity, 17 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A teenage girl drinks alcohol and becomes very drunk, underage people drink alcohol in many bar and club scenes, and a teenage girl pours alcohol from a flask into a bottle and drinks from it. A man dressed like Jesus smokes a cigarette and we see a photo of a teenage girl holding a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Infidelity, dishonesty, relationships, love, teenage sex, teenage alcohol use, breakups, broken hearts, depression, dreams, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - The person who is right for you is not always who you might think it is.

Special Keywords: S7 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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