17 Again [2009] [PG-13] - 6.4.5

 
 

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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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A man (Matthew Perry) who's bitter because he chose to walk away from a college basketball scholarship and instead married his pregnant sweetheart, realizes on the eve of his divorce that he has to make some changes in his life before it's too late. With the help of a supernatural spirit guide (Brian Doyle-Murray), he gets a second chance at being a senior in high school. Also with Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Michelle Trachtenberg, Melora Hardin, Thomas Lennon, Nicole Sullivan, Jim Gaffigan and Hunter Parrish. Directed by Burr Steers. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A teenage boy lies unconscious on a bed after a beating and a teenage girl caresses his face and chest (under his shirt) and he wakes up with a start; in another scene the teen girl tries to kiss the teen boy, who's actually her father and has been supernaturally transformed into a teenager. Throughout the movie there is a sexual tension between a woman in her mid-30s and the teen boy who looks 17 but is in his mid-30s, and in reality her husband: in one scene he kisses her and she slaps him, in another he hugs her from behind and she says, "That's super inappropriate," in another they dance together, he twirls her, picks her up and they nearly kiss (they are interrupted by their teenage son), and during a phone conversation a teen girl asks him if he'd date "10th graders" and his wife overhears and is alarmed.
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss while lying on a sofa; he appears to be thrusting briefly, they are both clothed, and they are interrupted. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately in several scenes (a few times on school premises). A man and a woman kiss. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss and hug.
 A man and a woman are shown in bed together and it is implied that they have had sex (they are clothed).
 Teens have a large, raucous party and a boy is nude, wearing a helmet on his head, and we see bare buttocks, back, chest and legs as he covers his crotch. A teen boy is shown bare-chested while playing basketball. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage. Cheerleaders wear short skirts and tops that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare legs and gymnastic panties in a few scenes.
 A woman tells a man, "You can plunder my dungeon anytime." Three teen girls try to seduce a teen boy, and one says, "I'll have to undress you" and begins to unbutton his shirt. A teenage boy tries to convince his girlfriend to have sex with him by telling her that she needs to show him that she loves him. A teenage girl tells her boyfriend that she is pregnant. A man shakes a woman's hand, and then as a flirtation tells her that their hands just made a baby. A man seems to be infatuated with a woman and tries to convince her to go on a date with him in several scenes. A teen girl says that her boyfriend dumped her because she wouldn't have sex with him. A teen girl says that she and her boyfriend are moving in together. A teen boy makes a joke about having sex with his girlfriend in front of a class full of students. A teen girl says of a teen boy, "If he were an apple, he'd be a delicious." Cheerleaders dance in a few scenes, with hips thrusts and suggestive gestures. A woman asks another woman, "When's the last time you waxed?" A teen boy makes fun of another teen boy's endowment. A man talks about "peacocking" and how it is used as a seduction technique.
 During a pharmaceutical sales meeting a man talks about a medication causing a "4 hour erection" and that that "isn't such a bad thing." A teen girl tells a teen boy, "I was kicked off the cheerleading squad for being too flexible." Two women talk in a few scenes about one of them getting back into dating after getting divorced. A teen boy remarks about a man's "undescended testicle." A woman tells another woman that she has the "butt of a 12-year-old boy."
 A woman misunderstands a teen boy's offer of help as a sexual advance. A man sits in a chair in front of a woman in a way that accentuates his tight-fitting pants. A man leers as women leave a business meeting.
 There is a scene in a high school human sexuality class where safe sex, abstinence and birth control are discussed and condoms are distributed to the class. A teen boy makes arguments about abstaining from sex unless there is love and argues with teen girls about not having respect for themselves.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A teen boy straddles and punches another teen boy in the face repeatedly. Several teen girls slap a teen boy in the face, a woman slaps a teen boy in the face and a man slaps a teen boy in the face repeatedly.
 A teen boy and a man fight using hatchets and swords: many items are broken, one man falls over a railing and onto the floor below (he's OK), and one is struck in the crotch and falls to the floor. A teen boy and a man fight with light sabers, and they each fall to the floor but neither is injured; later one is struck in the crotch and falls to the floor moaning.
 A glass picture frame is dropped on a teen boy's head and he is knocked unconscious. A man pulls another man's earphone off and slams it against a wall breaking it.
 A man sees another man standing on a bridge as if he's going to jump, a bus speeds by, the man disappears, the other man runs to the same spot, sees swirling water below, and he falls in too (we see both men later uninjured).
 A teen boy is held by his feet off a roof and his head is through a basketball hoop. A teen boy bounces a basketball off another teen boy's head (he's OK). We see a teen boy covered with tape, and taped to a toilet in a boys' room. A teen boy is bumped and shoved several times as he walks down a school hallway. A teen boy tears tape off another teen boy and the boy whimpers. A woman squeezes a teen boy's face while looking at him.
 A teen boy's pant leg catches fire (he runs through a party and into a bathroom to douse it; he's OK).
 A teen boy says that in Afghanistan an unfaithful woman "would be dragged through the streets with her hands cut off." A teen boy talks about another teen boy in disparaging terms (insulting his intelligence and sexual prowess) in front of many other teens. We hear that a man was "kicked out" of his house and that his wife and children don't want to have anything to do with him. A teen boy says that another teen boy shoved him into his own washing machine. People in an audience yell at a teen boy on the basketball court.
 A car races through traffic. Teens have a large, raucous party and stuff breaks and spills.
 A teen boy sprays cheese from a can into his mouth and then makes a sandwich out of atypical items (chocolate, spray cheese, pickles and potato chips) and eats it.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 mouthed F-word, 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 10 sexual references, 5 scatological terms (1 mild), 8 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, tool, dork, jockstraps, freak), 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman drink wine at a dinner, teens at a party hold cups and glasses that could contain alcohol, a teen boy tells another teen boy that he suspects he has been drinking.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Second chances, love, life choices, bitterness, sacrifice, parenting, living in the past, disappointment, physical transformation, incest, bullying, respect, casual sex, the miracle of parenthood, protecting our children.

MESSAGE - Blaming the world for where your choices have led you will leave you missing out on a lot.

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