A graduating senior with a very high GPA aspires to be a great writer and desperately wants to get away from his less-than-normal family and go to Stanford University. But his college plans are squashed repeatedly due to one family crisis after another, and are derailed when a guidance counselor accidentally sends the wrong transcript with his college application. With Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara, Leslie Mann and Schuyler Fisk. [1:23]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young woman kisses a young man passionately while lying in bed, a young woman kisses two young men passionately while sitting in what looks like a huge shower stall, and a young woman kisses a janitor passionately (hard to tell the janitor's gender). A young man and woman kiss passionately while lying down in the back of a car. A man and woman kiss passionately and slide down to the floor out of view (we see them later in bed apparently after having had sex). A man kisses a young man while under the influence of drugs. A young man and woman kiss passionately, and a young man and woman kiss. A man tries to seduce a woman and drops his pants (we see his bare legs from the back and see them both in their underwear later, apparently after having had sex). A man and woman walk out of a burning building in their underwear. A group of young woman dance suggestively in a few scenes. A man applies suntan lotion on a woman's bare back. A woman suggestively touches the spout of a man's leaf blower. We see a man in his jockey shorts several times and a man's pants slip down to his hips and we see his buttock cleavage. We see several beach scenes with bare-chested men and women in bikinis. There are scenes of cheerleaders in tight and short outfits
revealing cleavage and bare midriffs, and a woman wears a tight sweater. A woman graphically describes her husband's infidelities. A dog makes a sexual advance toward a woman's leg.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A surfer is killed by a huge wave; we see him on his surfboard at the foot of the wave and then hear that he drown. A man in a wheelchair is pushed into a bookcase, a vase falls on his head and breaks, and we see him with a bloody bandage on his head. A man in a wheelchair rolls down a flight of stairs backwards and hits a parked car. A man drives recklessly and nearly rear-ends a few cars. A young man falls into a pool, the people witnessing it assume he's drowning and one jumps in after him. A man falls through a window and lands hard on the floor, a young man falls off a roof and lands hard on the ground, and a man tumbles down a hill and lies on the ground unable to get up. A man, passed out on a bathroom floor, is hit in the head by the door opening. A young man is hit in the head with an empty beer can. A man and his son argue a few times. A young man yells at a woman and she knees him in the crotch. A man throws a flaming piece of paper into a garbage can which sets some curtains on fire and then we see the whole building in flames. A man vomits and we see the emission, a man asks another man if he'll give him a urine sample and we see the sample in a cup a couple of times, a young woman is shown sitting near a toilet looking
pallid (we assume she's just vomited), a man makes a comment about an odor on a couch and a woman explains that it's urine. A woman stumbles down some stairs. A dog snaps at a woman's nose, and a dog tears up a car seat. Two young men repeatedly talk about wanting to blow up stuff.
PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 almost articulated F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 4 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms (one in subtitles), 10 sexual references, 4 homosexual references, 5 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations, insults. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Quality of educators and education, parenting, divorce, regret, inspiration.
MESSAGE - There's always hope. Pay attention, your inspiration may be right under your nose.
(Note: There are many instances of and references to drug and alcohol use and abuse; one character is hung over throughout the entire movie. Men and women are shown smoking cigarettes in a few scenes. A man has a huge stash of drugs spread out on a desktop.)