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Prom [2011] [PG] - 4.2.2



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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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Several intersecting stories come together as the biggest night in high school life approaches: We learn the stories of a girl (Aimee Teegarden) and the school bad boy (Thomas McDonell), a girl (Yin Chang), who has an important decision to make, a boy (DeVaughn Nixon), who has to face the consequences of his actions, and other high schoolers, as everyone comes together to face their insecurities and the anticipation of their final night together. Also with Danielle Campbell, Nolan Sotillo and Jared Kusnitz. Directed by Joe Nussbaum. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Throughout the movie we see teenage boys and girls kissing: A teen girl and a teen boy kiss passionately as another teen boy watches them and walks away; a teen girl and teen boy kiss while they dance; a teen boy picks up a teen girl, spins her around and they kiss; a teen boy and a teen girl hold hands and kiss; a teen boy and a teen girl hug and then kiss; a teen boy wraps his arms around a teen girl, she puts her hands around his hands and they kiss; a teen boy dips a teen girl while they dance, he lifts her up and they kiss; a teen boy wraps his hands around a teen girl's waist, and they kiss as another teen girl watches; and a teen girl kisses a teen boy and then puts her head on his shoulder.
 A teen boy and a teen girl stand very close to each other and appear about to kiss, the girl pulls away and asks if the boy is going to kiss her, and he says no. Teen boys and teen girls are seen dancing, with arms wrapped around one another. A teen boy puts his hands on top of a teen girl's hands as they sit in a car, and another teen girl sees them and walks away. A teen girl wraps her arms around a teen boy and holds his hands as she instructs him how to play the guitar. A teen girl wraps her arms around the waist of a teen boy as they ride on a motorcycle and she places her head on his shoulder. Teen girls and teen boys hug on multiple occasions.
 We see still photographs of a teen boy and a teen girl about to kiss, and teen girls and teen boys dancing with their arms around one another. We see a photograph of a teen boy's hands on a teen girl's behind. We see a photograph of teen boys and teen girls holding hands and a teen boy putting his hand on the leg of a teen girl.
 A teen girl confronts a teen boy about finding an earring in the backseat of his car, and the boy pleads ignorance as to how it got there. A teen boy jokes to a woman that since he is now 18 they can run away together; the woman rolls her eyes.
 Teen girls are seen wearing formal dresses with low-cut fronts, and with some cleavage visible. Multiple teen girls are seen wearing low-cut and backless formal dresses that reveal their bare backs and shoulders. Multiple teen girls are seen wearing strapless dresses, and a portion of their bare backs and shoulders are visible. A teen girl is seen wearing an extremely low-cut dress, and her cleavage is visible. A small portion of a teen girl's torso is visible when her shirt lifts as she does a cartwheel. Teen boy's bare chests are seen with painted letters on them. A teen boy shows a teen girl a photograph of a dress, we see the model's cleavage and the teen girl remarks that only a "Victoria's Secret model" would be able to wear the dress.
 A teen boy walks out of a stall in a bathroom (presumably a women's bathroom) where a teenage girl is standing; nothing sexual implied.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A teen boy lunges at another teen boy and punches him in the face, and two other teen boys join the fight which is quickly broken up; we see the first teenage boy with a small amount of blood coming from his nose and mouth. A teen boy shouts at three other teen boys, and he then approaches them as though he is going to start a fight but is talked down by a teen girl standing in his way.
 A man shouts at a teen boy and a teen girl (she's his daughter). A man warns a teen boy to stay away from his daughter. A man chases a teen boy through a hallway, shouting. A man shouts at a teen boy and a teen girl that have trespassed into a school. A teen boy and a teen girl are pulled over by a police officer and we hear that they are given a verbal warning. A teen boy shouts in a panic.
 We see a shed burning, no one is injured, and a teen girl later examines the burned wreckage. A teen girl is startled as a rock is thrown through her window and hits her desk; a teen boy sitting in a tree apologizes, saying he was only trying to hit her window.
 Two teen boys are seen wearing full lacrosse helmets, and three other teen boys playfully tap them on the back of the head, one with his open palm and another with two pencils. A teen boy wearing a full lacrosse helmet hits his head on a locker door; he is unharmed. A teen boy playfully picks up a boy and spins him around. A teen boy grabs a card out of the hands of another boy. A teen boy stumbles slightly as he tries to catch a helmet another boy throws at him.
 A man reminds a teen boy that he had been in fights previously. A man tells a teen girl that he thinks a teen boy is "bad" and could get in fights similar to himself when he was a teenager. A woman tells a teen boy (her son) that the first time she had met his father he had just gotten into a fight; the teen boy says that he and his father are alike because they both get in fights. A teen girl teases a teen boy, saying that he had cried when they were in the 3rd grade and the class hamster died. A woman teases a teen boy saying that since he is 18 he can be "tried as an adult." A teen boy teases a teen girl saying that postponing prom would mean that "the terrorists have won." A teen boy teases a teen girl, saying that small pox and hurricanes are disasters, not prom. A teen boy jokes with a teen girl saying that he is going to break into a school by using a grappling hook and breaking through a skylight; he later jokes that he had not "broken into anywhere lately." A teen girl jokingly summarizes the plot of a book to a teen boy, saying that a woman had gone sledding and was then paralyzed and the boy jokes that he would rather be paralyzed. A boy jokingly tells a woman he is going to "barf." A teen boy jokingly tells a teen girl that he does not want to put on a suit that other people have sweated in. A teen girl teases a teen boy for wearing a suit that he had previously said people had sweated in. A teen boy jokingly says that another teen boy's heart had been broken, his soul crushed and heart stomped on. A teen boy jokingly says an event is "soul crushing."
 A teen boy instructs another teen boy to lift his arms so he can examine his "pits," the teen boy lifts his arms, shows his zipped pants and then breathes on the other boy multiple times, blowing air at the other boy's face; a teen girl laughs and asks what they are doing.

PROFANITY 2 - 1 mild anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (over achievers, jocks, drama queens, cute to clinical, crazy, Oprah, humiliating, rude, arrogant, menace, punk, walking misdemeanor, tough guy, jerk, loser, idiot, stupid, rebel, scared, slacker, complete amateurs, loser), exclamations (shut up, oh my gosh, gee, geez), 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]


DISCUSSION TOPICS - High school cliques, high school proms, anticipation, going away for college, disappointment, a parent leaving, infidelity in relationships, Victoria's Secret, Parson's School of Design, humiliation, giving people a chance, being different, small pox, lacrosse, dishonesty, Prom King and Queen, rash judgments.

MESSAGE - Do not judge a person based on their appearance or your assumptions. Give new experiences a try.

Special Keywords: S4 - V2 - P2 - MPAAPG

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