Rock School [2005] [R] - 1.3.8

 
 

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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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Documentary about a real-life Philadelphia school of rock, headed by its founder and self-proclaimed "überlord" Paul Green. The film follows an entire season of classes. Directed by Don Argott. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man talks about talking to young people on the subject of "when he lost his virginity." A woman's top is unzipped and reveals cleavage and men and boys are seen bare-chested.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man smacks a girl on the head. A man yells at a boy, smacks him in the head and throws him on the floor (they are play acting). A man with a plastic bat and a boy with drumsticks play fight.
 A man yells and berates children throughout the movie: he threatens to hit a girl (it's unclear whether he means it), and he says "I'm gonna kill your family and bathe in the blood" (this was evidently meant in jest). A man yells at young people and is very angry; he goes out into a hallway and kicks the wall. A man and a girl yell at each other (the girl ends up in tears).
 A boy talks about having attempted suicide by wrapping a vacuum cleaner cord around his neck and jumping off a flight of stairs. A boy talks about having been born by cesarean section because his head was too big for his mother's anatomy, and his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck; also, that the size of his head led to brain damage (it's not clear whether this is true). We hear that a boy has emergency surgery because of a bone disorder.
 Two young men and a girl have a spitting contest.

PROFANITY 8 - 35 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 19 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (jerk), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young man smokes a cigarette. A man talks about a girl looking like a "future heroin addict" and a boy talks about singing a song that is "about pot."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Rock music, perfectionism, talent, stardom, making it, mental disabilities, living vicariously through your children, ego, disrespect, wanting to be a rock star, fear, laziness, tenacity, bone disorders, work ethic, Satan, Quakers, activism, heroes, quitting, giving up.

MESSAGE - Long live rock.

Special Keywords: S1 - V3 - P8 - MPAAR

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