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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

Vanity film for N'Sync members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone: A young man who lacks confidence (Bass) meets the perfect young woman on Chicago's "L" train but cannot work up the courage to ask for her name and phone number. Unable to forget her, he launches a publicity campaign with the help of his friends in a last ditch effort to find her. Also with Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Bulliard and Amanda Foreman. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some cleavage. Two young people kiss passionately. A young man sprays mouthwash on his crotch and is stung. A young man is evidently nude but only his bare chest is visible. Some suggestive lyrics in songs, and young men talk about getting "action" after dates.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A young man is hit in the crotch by a wayward baseball, and during a brief scuffle a young man hits another with a baseball when he gets angry with him. A man kicks audio equipment, and during a flashback some of the equipment hits a woman; we later see her with a broken nose and foot. A woman hits a man with her handbag. There are a few scatological themes: some jocular talk about bowel movements and having hemorrhoids, and one person passes gas several times.

PROFANITY 2 - A couple of scatological references and anatomical references. It is obvious that several potentially obscene words have been dubbed, some somewhat inexpertly. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Jealousy, gay stereotypes, vanity, taking risks, teen idols, fate, cheating.

MESSAGE - Don't be afraid to take risks.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P2 - MPAAPG

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