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Riding In Cars With Boys



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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
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

The story of a young, divorced mother (Drew Barrymore) who makes one bad decision after another but blames her young son for keeping her from achieving her dreams. Reportedly based on a true story. Also with Brittany Murphy, James Woods, Steve Zahn and Lorraine Bracco. [2:12]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young man and woman kiss; he kisses her neck, she wraps her legs around his waist, and he tries to take her into a bedroom but she braces herself by putting her legs against the door jam (her dress flies up exposing her thigh, the top of her stocking and panties). A young man and woman kiss a few times. A young man and woman kiss passionately in the back seat of a car and they apparently have sex; we see him taking the stuffing out of her bra and see her legs (her thighs are bare) go up over the seat as he lies on top of her. A woman wears a full slip while she chooses an outfit, a woman wears a robe which is open and shows her nightgown and some cleavage, and a young woman's dress is unbuttoned and we see the top of her slip. A young woman sits on a young man's lap. Two young women change their clothes in the back seat of a car; we see the tops of their slips and bare shoulders. A young woman stuffs her bra and adjusts herself. A young girl tells her sister that boys "shove their tongues in your mouth" when they kiss, and two young girls talk about kissing and practice puckering. A young girl kisses a young boy to say goodbye. A young girl talks to her father about wanting a bra for Christmas to accentuate her breasts and attract a boy. A young man talks about a young woman having written him poems with romantic and sexual references. We see a baby boy's private parts.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two young men shove each other and one punches the other in the head breaking his hand. A young man punches a glass window breaking it and cutting his hand (we see blood trickle). A boy falls through the cover of a pool and into the water; his mother grabs him and pulls him up, drops him and grabs him again. A man is going through drug withdrawal symptoms: we see him vomiting and hear him screaming for help. A woman slaps a young man on the back of the head a few times and yells at him. A young man, who's been drinking, drives his truck into some garbage cans. A woman yells at and hits a man with her purse. A young woman hits a young man in the face and they quarrel, and a man kicks a garbage can. A woman jumps on a man's lap and he yells in pain. A young woman asks her sister to shove her down the stairs hoping that she'll miscarry. A mother tells her daughter that "a boy puts his tongue in your mouth because he wants you to bite it off." A woman stands in a puddle after her water breaks. A baby urinates in his mother's mouth while she changes his diaper (it happens offscreen), and a baby passes gas.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture (by a boy), 4 scatological terms, 2 anatomical references, 3 mild obscenities, 7 religious exclamations, and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teenage pregnancy, single mothers, searching for the man of your dreams, heroin addiction and detoxification, premarital sex, divorce, the Vietnam war, guilt, forgiving.

MESSAGE - Teens who get pregnant can ruin their lives. If you want to change your life, it's up to you. Motherhood is not a job.

(Note: Young people are shown drinking alcohol and smoking in several scenes. A man is addicted to heroin, and the business of preparing marijuana is shown. Two women are shown taking pills which make them high.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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