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The Roommate [2011] [PG-13] - 6.6.4



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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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A young woman (Minka Kelly) moves into her new college dorm room and she and her roommate (Leighton Meester) become friends. However, the relationship soon deteriorates when the roommate becomes possessive and resentful. Also with Alyson Michalka, Cam Gigandet, Danneel Harris and Billy Zane. Directed by Christian Christiansen. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young man and a young woman kiss passionately, they enter the young man's room, she removes his shirt (his bare chest and back are seen), he lays her back on a bed as they continue to kiss, he lies on top of her and it is implied that they have sex when the young woman does not return to her room until the next morning.
 A young woman talks to a young man on the phone about missing touching each other and it is implied that she may be masturbating -- judging from her expression and slight movement.
 A young woman enters the room of a man who is sleeping in bed (we see his bare chest), she removes her clothing in deep shadow (we see a dark silhouette with no anatomical detail), she caresses the young man, kisses his neck, he turns over and she climbs on top of him (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A young woman enters a married professor's office and speaks to him in a suggestive manner, he kisses her, she pushes him away and yells, he kisses her again and she screams repeatedly (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). An older and married professor kisses one of his students and she rebuffs him.
 A young woman dances at a fraternity party and pulls her top up to reveal her breasts to the crowd of young men that cheer (we see only her bare back); one young man films her (she is drunk and must be helped home). A young woman pretends that she is taking her clothes off outside a young man's room and when he opens the door we see that she has taken off her top and is wearing a lace bra. A young woman showers (her back to the hip and abdomen are visible along with a belly button piercing). Young women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs in many scenes throughout the movie. A young woman's bare abdomen is visible when her shirt pulls up and a young man looks at her. A young woman wears short, shorts that reveal bare legs in a couple of scenes. A young woman wears a bra and panties (we see her bare abdomen, legs and cleavage).
 A man approaches a young woman filling her car with gas, he touches her hand and then her face and tries to flirt with her (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman and a young woman flirt and kiss passionately and agree to leave a club together. A young man and a young woman kiss in several scenes.
 A young woman dances at a club and tells her friend to "watch this guy hit on me" when a man approaches and they dance together (it is implied that they leave together). A young man tells a young woman that he will be on kitchen duty if he doesn't get her up to his room (they are at a fraternity party; nothing else happens). A young woman says of herself and two other young women, "We're hot." A young woman says a young man is "really hot."
 Young men and women dance in a party scene and a few club scenes. A beverage is spilled on a young woman at a party and a young man says he did it on purpose to be able to talk to her.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young woman straddles a man in a bed and stabs him twice: we hear the crunching of the knife cutting him and he takes a last breath (no blood is visible). A young woman is stabbed in the back with a utility knife (we hear the crunch and she falls to the floor; no blood is visible).
 A young woman puts a plastic bag over a woman's head and threatens to shoot her, another young woman tries to stop her, she is struck in the face with the gun (we see blood in her mouth) and the two young women fight with punches and breaking objects over each other's heads (we see blood on both their faces).
 A young woman is attacked in a shower, she is pushed to the floor and held down while her attacker threatens to kill her and rips her belly button piercing out (she screams but no blood is evident).
 A young woman punches herself in the face several times, we see large bruises on her arm and leg and she cuts her abdomen with a utility knife (we see the knife pressing against the skin, we hear her scream and we later see her with a blood-stained shirt and a bloody cut on her stomach).
 A young woman chokes another young woman nearly to unconsciousness. A young woman falls from a window ledge and dangles from curtains outside the window; she is pulled up by a young man, who is struck on the head and falls unconscious, dropping the young woman (she is pulled back inside by someone else). A young woman with a gun is punched in the face and falls unconscious. A young woman pulls the trigger of a gun several times while pointing it at another young woman (no bullets discharge).
 After being approached by a man that tries to flirt with her at a gas station a young woman sprays him with gasoline, then lights a lighter (the man runs away and the young woman extinguishes the flame). After being kissed by a married professor, a young woman knees him in the crotch (he falls to the floor and spits and moans) and he offers to pay her to keep quiet.
 A cat is put in a clothes dryer and it is implied that the machine is turned on and the cat is killed, but we do not see the act. A young woman walks though a dark apartment and finds a woman tied to a bed and gagged and another young woman with a gun that threatens to shoot them both.
 A young woman pierces her own ear with an earring (she winces and we see the point poking through the flesh on her earlobe; no blood is visible). A young woman gets a tattoo (we do not see the act) and we see reddened skin on her upper chest.
 While showering a young woman is frightened when the light goes off; she goes to investigate and she is startled by another shower being turned on when no one is there. A young woman startles another young woman and then glares at her in a threatening manner. A young woman follows another young woman and watches her in several scenes. A young woman follows a young man and watches him in several scenes.
 A young woman talks about her older sister having died in several scenes.
 A young woman angrily cuts up the arm of a chair with a utility knife.
 A young woman covers her mouth with her hand and runs out of a room (we understand that she is vomiting but nothing is heard or seen).

PROFANITY 4 - 4 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (psycho, freak, moron, stupid, weird), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a prescription vial of Zyprexa and we are told that it is prescribed for bi-polar disorder. College age people are shown drinking punch (we hear that it is laced with alcohol) and beer at a fraternity party, people are shown drinking alcohol in a few club scenes, and two women drink alcohol.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Roommates, mental illness, obsession, friendship, death of a loved one, betrayal, infidelity, fashion, beauty, delusions, inappropriate professor/student sexual advances.

MESSAGE - Roommates can be hard to live with.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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