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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 Homer Hickam's memoir "Rocket Boys," it is the story of a teenager from a small coal-mining town who studied science and built rockets in the hopes of getting a college scholarship. Starring Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, Roy Lee, Chad Lindberg, Natalie Canerday and Scott Thomas.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A boy shows his friend how to feel a date's breast during a movie. We see a boy and girl sitting in the back seat of a parked car, talking nervously.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A boy fires a gun at an old, empty car. One gunshot is fired from a car into a house but no one is injured. We see a NASA rocket explode on television -- many other small rockets also explode. A small homemade rocket blows up a fence; another nearly hits a group of men and another nearly hits a man and his car. A boy gets knocked down several times while playing football. A man slaps and hits a boy; the boy's mouth gets bruised. A scuffle. A jump scene in which a flame shoots from sink drains in a chemistry lab. A man cuts his eye in a mining accident; another dies in the mine (we see a sheet-covered body carried out of the mine on a stretcher). A group of boys light a bottle of alcohol and throw it into a shack; we see the shack engulfed in flames. We see a man with a bandage on his head (his skull was apparently fractured in a coal-mining accident).

PROFANITY 3 - A couple anatomical and scatological references, lots of mild profanities and many insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Making difficult decisions, being true to yourself, family relationships, physics, using explosives, tolerance, taking risks.

MESSAGE - Follow your conscience and your dreams -- even if that means bucking tradition, fighting authority, and withstanding disapproval from those closest to you.

Special Keywords: S1 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG

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