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Paper Towns [2015] [PG-13] - 4.3.4

 
 

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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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Sex & Nudity
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Profanity
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A high school senior (Nat Wolff) preparing to venture off to college is recruited to help his neighbor (Cara Delevingne), whom he has loved since they met, avenge herself against a cheating boyfriend. She then disappears and convinced that she has left him clues to her whereabouts, he takes a road trip hoping of finding her. Also with Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair and Cara Buono. Directed by Jake Schreier. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A shirtless teenage boy (we see his bare chest and abdomen) sitting on a bed is straddled by a shirtless teenage girl (we see her bare shoulders, back and bra) and they kiss (sex is implied). A teenage boy and a teenage girl lie on a blanket in the woods and kiss (sex is implied and the boy later tells his friends that he and the girl had sex). A nude teenage boy (we see his chest and buttocks as he holds his hands over his genitals) climbs through a basement window and runs across a lawn toward his car as another teen snaps his picture (sex is implied to have been taking place with a teenage girl that we do not see).
 A teenage boy falls asleep and imagines a teenage girl wearing a low-cut dress (cleavage is evident) and she kisses him. A teenage boy urinates in a toilet (we hear trickle and see the stream) when a teenage girl pulls back shower curtains to reveal her sitting in the tub (we see her bare knees, but she is clothed); when he finishes urinating the girl asks him to join her in the tub and he does (they sit and talk and hug).
 A teenage boy is shown wearing boxers and a T-shirt as he climbs into bed and he removes his T-shirt to show his bare chest. A teenage girl climbs through a teenage boy's bedroom window and he wakes up in a start, gets out of bed wearing his boxers and puts on his T-shirt (we see his bare chest and legs to the mid-thighs). A teenage girl wears a crop top that reveals her bare abdomen. A pre-teen girl wears shorts. A teenage boy is shown wearing boxer briefs (his bare chest and abdomen are seen). A teenage girl wears a tank top that reveals cleavage. A teenage boy's shirt hangs open and reveals his bare chest and abdomen. A teenage girl wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A teen boy is shown changing his shirt and we see his bare chest briefly. A teen girl wears a low-cut and short dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs. Teenage girls at a formal dance where low-cut gowns that reveal cleavage and backs.
 A teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss at a bus stop. A teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss. A pre-teen boy and a pre-teen girl look at each other from a distance as a voice over describes that the boy was "hopelessly in love" with the girl. A teenage boy tells a teenage girl that she is beautiful. A teenage boy tells a teenage girl that she is "hot." A teenage boy and a teenage girl dance a slow dance together and they hug.
 A teenage boy makes several sexually suggestive remarks about another teen boy's mother. A voiceover states that a teen boy was rumored to be urinating blood due to chronic masturbation (it was from an infection). Teenage boys tease another teenage boy about his claims of having had sex with teenage girls in several scenes. A teenage girl calls a man late at night and tells him that his daughter is having sex in their basement. A teenage girl describes a teenage boy's genitals as being small. A teenage boy asks his friend if he "hooked up" with a teenage girl and is disappointed when the answer is no. A teenage boy takes another teenage boy's glasses off and moves toward him as if to kiss him while saying, "I want to be with you," (he appears to be joking). A teenage girl says that another teenage girl told everyone that she had an STI. A teen boy talks about him and his girlfriend waiting to have sex until prom because they "want it to be special."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is shown slumped against a tree with blood on his shirt and a pre-teen girl investigates and declares the man dead. A man with a shotgun shoots at a teenage boy and a teenage girl as they run away from his house.
 Several teens in a mini-van swerve to avoid a cow in the road; the car spins several times and one teen boy is shown with a bloody cut on his eyebrow. A pre-teen girl is seen climbing on the roof of a house and down a tree in a couple of scenes. A teen girl is shown climbing in and out of her bedroom window and up and down a tree in a couple of scenes. Three teenage boys skip school and go to an abandoned store looking for clues to find a teenage girl; they crawl through a dark hole in a wall that is labeled "Troll Hole." A teenage boy goes to an abandoned store alone at night and falls asleep inside. A teenage boy screams when he hears a noise in an abandoned store. A teenage boy stays alone at a deserted spot hoping to find someone.
 A teenage boy and a teenage girl prank a few people: a fish is left in a girl's closet, a girl's car is Saran-wrapped, and a teen boy's eyebrow is removed with Nair. A teenage boy and a teenage girl speed out of a driveway on a minivan late at night. An African-American teen boy is given a T-shirt with a Confederate flag symbol on it and turns it inside out before putting it on.
 After drinking a lot of beer at a party a teen boy vomits into a vase and we see goo and hear him retch. A teenage boy complains that he has to urinate while in a car and uses two empty beer cans to empty his bladder (we hear the trickling); when he holds the cans up to shown them full, the car lurches and urine spills on another teenage boy who is disgusted. A teen girl talks about a teen boy having "puked himself."

PROFANITY 4 - 1 obscene hand gesture, 7 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (scumbag, whore), 1 religious profanity (GD), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Jesus Christ, Oh My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Underage teen boys and underage teen girls are shown drinking alcohol at a house party and we see one boy chugging beer through a hose from a keg. A teen boy talks about having stolen some cigars and smoking them.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Miracles, unlikely events, divorce, adventures, infidelity, sexually transmitted infections, love, soul-searching, fantasy, paper towns, friendship.

MESSAGE - Things are not always as they appear. It's not good to assume that other people are more than they are.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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