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Pitch Perfect 2 [2015] [PG-13] - 4.3.5

 
 

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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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The Barden Bellas earn a suspension from the collegiate A Capella competition when one of the singer's (Rebel Wilson) skin-tight stretch pants split during her solo during a Presidential performance. To make amends, the Bellas enter the world competition, which Americans have never won. Also with Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, Hailee Steinfeld and Chrissie Fit. Directed by Elizabeth Banks. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman rows a boat across a lake, singing to a man as he stands with friends on the shore; when she reaches the shore, he begins to sing as well and they kiss passionately twice and they lick each other's faces and they fall and roll on the grass, embracing. A man and a woman smile at each other in several scenes, until she kisses him twice. A man kisses a woman briefly. A man and a woman kiss briefly in front of a house. Two women who have the same first name hug each other several times.
 A woman rides a swing-like contraption in the air while singing and her tights split up the back (we see a small of amount of bare buttocks in close-up); her body rotates so that the US President, First Lady and a large audience see her rear end off-screen and we hear them screaming (we hear that the split exposed her pubic area since she was wearing no panties). A woman at a car show rubs her body all over a car hood while a man takes pictures; she wears a top that reveals a little midriff with Capri pants. Several women in a group slap their own buttocks several times. A woman rehearses with a pole dance for a few seconds, but does not use it. Several football players shake their read ends at people attending a party. All-male and all-female singing groups perform numbers in which they shake their rear ends at the audience, writhe and shimmy to songs called "butt songs," like "Shake Your Booty."
 Men and women in a singing group wear long sleeve see-through mesh shirts and the women wear black bras underneath while one woman shows bare midriff and navel. All singers wear black leather kilts that separate in the middle and extend to the knees over black biker shorts. A female singing group wears strapless tops that reveal cleavage and tight slacks that accentuate their curves. A group wears knee-length strapless dresses that reveal moderate cleavage. In several scenes, women wear tights or thigh-baring miniskirts/dresses with tops that reveal some cleavage and bare arms. Some women wear short-shorts baring legs to the top of the thighs.
 A man asks a woman if she wants to have sex and she says no. A man and a woman walk behind buildings while checking to see if anyone is watching; they hold hands and sex is implied. A man invites a woman to a dinner in a gazebo, which she says is too much for just a hook-up; he asks her to be his girlfriend and go out on dates, but she says she cannot be tied down and he cries. A gay woman announces that she is to be married and invites her friends to the wedding.
 In a news conference, a singer says that she suffered silk burns and bends over to show the audience, but her handlers stop her. At a sorority house in a bag of hate mail a letter with a razor as a gift arrives (presumably the implication being that she shave her pubic area). An obese woman adjusts her bra when answering her door and in a couple of situations on stage while singing with a group; she says, "Boobs should never be trapped" and while performing a song about women with her singing group, she lifts her bosom briefly with both hands. A woman says that she wants to be a professional jelly wrestler and another woman says that she might want to dance exotically.
 The film contains substantial sexual innuendo, double entendre and chauvinism: A singer says, "Let's give it to the world"; a woman mutters, "I wouldn't give it to him" and later, she makes an obscene hand gesture to a man; a man tells a woman, "Do not touch a gentleman's goose"; a male chorus sings about a woman, "You've been suckin' on a lollipop" half a dozen times; when a woman says that she is touched by a musical performance a man says, "Well, everyone has touched you" and he also jokes about her having been married four times, and she says the last marriage will stick; a man says he has a positive and interesting experience with Filipino lady-boys; a reference is made to lady-boys doing amazing things with their mouths; a college official tells women in the senior class that they are "just women" and that "You'll all be pregnant soon," as well as that trouble happens when you send girls to college and that A Capella singers are too ugly to be cheerleaders; and two women state in different scenes that A Capella singers and Germans are sexually confused and confusing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - During a dance number, a flaming, twirling baton ignites a woman's short curly hair and we see what looks like short flames on her head in a long shot; the scene cuts to the woman with bandages on her head. A woman steps into a net trap and is hoisted into the air as several other women scream and shout at each other and the supporting branch cracks loudly twice before the woman falls onto three other women on the ground (no one is hurt); the woman hangs from her feet in a tree after freeing herself from the net. A large woman is hoisted into a tree by a bear trap net and the scene ends as she shouts. An obese woman slides down a staircase that had a 90-degree turn in it and slams into a wall in the middle of the stairs; she continues to the end and stands up, looking unhurt. Team building at a camping retreat involves women using a low zip line, crawling through a muddy obstacle course, climbing trees, walking on logs near a lake and avoiding bear traps while their instructor shouts at them in the manner of a drill sergeant. A woman holds an ice bag on top of her own head.
 A music producer becomes aggravated with an intern and raises his voice half a dozen times and tells the intern not to speak and in one scene tells him to sit with his nose in a corner, like a child. A woman reports that she had diarrhea at home for seven years. A woman says that another woman looks like she has malaria. A Mexican woman states that after college graduation, she will be deported, and while trying to return to USA, she will die at sea. A woman tells several other women to be careful to avoid kidnapping when they travel out of town by bus. A woman tells several other women that to solve a problem, always fake your death and leave the country. Several women argue briefly several times.
 A woman wipes her hand across her buttocks over her jeans and then rubs her female friends face; they slap and laugh at each other several times as the scene ends. A woman makes a farting noise with her mouth on her inner elbow. Several women lie together on a mat, clothed and one woman licks another woman's nose; they all laugh.
 A female singing group marches with balsawood rifles onstage.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, a female A Capella group sings a song with the phrase six times of "Who runs this mother? Girls do," 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, dumkoffs, dumbest, clumsy, gay, Jew, tour-thieves, lady-boys, weird, crazy, insane, ugly, tramps, fungus, gross, chumps, troll, elf, tiny-mouse, loser, little girl, white, Flabby-Abby, Lazy Susan), stereotypical references to men, women, college students, chauvinists, gays, lesbians, singers, interns, music stars, poor sports, college administrators, Whites, Blacks, Americans, Jews, Germans, Asian Indians, Filipinos, Mexicans, Koreans, exclamations (shut-up, zip it, shut your face, shut your trap, shut your mouth, close your mouth), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus, God Forbid, What On God's Green One, and a woman sings about Santa Claus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Young men and women at a college party drink alcoholic punch and mixed drinks, men and women at a sing-off drink alcoholic drinks and short glasses of whiskey, a woman at an A Capella initiation holds a wine goblet (she does not drink from it), and an office intern invites his coworkers to come drink with him at his house (we do not see a party).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Wardrobe malfunctions, losing privileges, making amends, competition, courage, determination, heckling, hard work, accepting criticism, making choices, growing up, taking responsibility, taking risks, relationships, love, lasting friendships, community support, intergenerational understanding.

MESSAGE - Find a group to belong to that has members that will be your friends for life.

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