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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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MPAA Rating: R

Keenen Ivory Wayans' spoof lambasts "Scream," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and other teen slasher flicks. With Jon Abrahams, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Anna Faris, Kurt Fuller, Regina Hall, Lochlyn Munro, Cheri Oteri, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Mark Hoeppner, David L. Lander and China Shavers. [1:22]

SEX/NUDITY 10 - Lots and lots of sexual innuendo (including sometimes graphic references to fellatio, cunnilingus, masturbation, homosexuality, homosexual relations in prison, teacher-student sexual relations, and sexually transmitted diseases); also, it's implied many times throughout the movie that one of the characters is homosexual. Some kissing, sometimes very passionately -- in one scene a girl and boy kiss so passionately that their tongues get twisted together; in another scene a boy picks a girl up and she wraps her legs around him while they kiss passionately, and in another scene a boy and girl kiss passionately on a bed as he puts his hand under her nightgown (we briefly see a close up of his hand on her bare thigh, but he removes his hand after he appears to be electrocuted; we then see an electric fence wrapped around the girl's panties). Two couples kiss passionately, caress each other and moan in the back seat of a car; both girls' panties are removed (nothing sexual happens afterwards) and we hear a popping noise as a boy supposedly removes his finger from the other boy's rear end. A boy performs cunnilingus and a girl in a bra performs fellatio at separate times during a scene (he pushes her head toward his groin, we see his pleasured facial expression, then we hear a crunching noise and see his pained expression). Also, he removes her panties, first resulting in bats flying from her crotch and then causing a huge mound of pubic hair to become visible at the bottom of the screen; he cuts the hair with hedge trimmers and we see a shot of her bare lower thighs and knees before we see her pleasured facial expressions and hear her moans. Then, while the two have intercourse, she thrusts on top of him while insulting him and slapping his face twice; he ejaculates in a huge, continuous spray that lifts and pins her onto the ceiling (we briefly glimpse the side of her bare body as she's flying toward the ceiling; the semen covers all but her bare shoulders and legs when we see her on the ceiling). In one scene of implied fellatio a woman's head pops up from a man's lap and she wipes her mouth. In another scene a boy pushes a sausage in and out of a girl's mouth, simulating fellatio. In two different scenes, a boy asks a girl to touch his genitals; in one of the scenes we hear a boy unzip his zipper, then someone steps on the girl's head and pushes her face into his lap (the boy acts as if she's chosen to perform fellatio on him). It's implied a man in his underwear had been using a vacuum as a sexual device (we only see him in his underwear and carrying the vacuum cleaner). A woman sucks a man's finger, then they head to a car to presumably have intercourse. A girl walks into an office and sees a woman smelling a pair of panties; also, when the woman uncrosses her legs, enlarged testicles fall out and hang below her short skirt for the rest of the scene (the woman stands behind the girl and briefly propositions her). Two men smell each other's fingers; one says his smells like a woman, the other says his smells like his buttocks. A man pulls a whip and a rubber phallus out of his pockets and sets them on a desk. Two men make sexual hand and hip motions; also, a boy moves a stuffed animal's arm so that it appears to be masturbating. A penis sticking though a hole in a toilet stall rubs a boy's ear (see Violence/Gore below). We see a photograph of a boy's genitals; in a later scene he shows the picture to several others. We see a couple of boy's bare backsides and several boys wearing towels and boxers during a locker room scene (one boy slaps several boys' buttocks); also, during another locker room scene we see girls wearing towels and bras and panties. A girl's sweater and skirt are ripped off while she's being chased, revealing her bra and thong panties (we briefly see most of her bare buttocks); she's sprayed with water and then suggestively runs her hands over her body in slow-motion. A girl opens her shirt in front of a boy, but we see a man's hairy chest. A teacher breast-feeds a baby in front of a classroom and then hands the baby to the father, who's a student (we see part of her bra through her unbuttoned shirt throughout the scene). We see a few girls in bathing suits during a beauty pageant (one girl wears a sash that read "Miss Fellatio"); a girl's bare shoulders, arms and legs when she's in a bath tub; a Playboy cover and a couple of small pictures of scantily clad women; several photographs of a man wearing tiny underwear (he shows the photos to a girl) and a man in boxers; several girls wearing cleavage-revealing tops; and a scene from "Shakespeare in Love" during which a man is unwrapping cloth from a woman's torso (her bare shoulders are visible).

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Nearly all played for laughs. Someone is stabbed repeatedly then sliced in the neck (a little blood is visible, and we later see the body being dragged away in a trash bag); also, four others are stabbed with a knife or a hook, sometimes repeatedly and sometimes resulting in visible blood (once we see the bloody knife, once we hear squishy noises during the stabbing, and once two people watch the stabbing but don't intervene). Several people punch, kick and stab a woman to death (some blood is visible). In one scene a girl is stabbed (her hands and shirt become very bloody), then she twists and breaks her own leg (we hear a crunch and see the broken bone), then her head is severed (she continues to talk) and the bloody head is thrown into a trash can. A girl's chest is stabbed and we see a bloody breast implant stuck on the knife, as well as her bloody bra and hands. Someone waving a hook around unknowingly stabs and kills several people (we hear slicing noises, then see several slightly bloody corpses lying on the ground). A penis sticking through a hole in a toilet stall "impales" a boy through the ears (we later see him with a bandaged ear). A girl is killed when she's caught in a garage door that opens partially. A man jumps off a building to his death (we see him hit the ground). Someone is shot (we see a bloody hole in the person's shirt) and a man shoots at several boys who've just shoplifted from his store. A bottle is thrown at a man's head and knocks him out; he's stuffed in a trunk (the trunk door hits his head a few times), his clothes are ripped as people take his jewelry and wallet, and then he's thrown into a lake. In two different scenes a girl is hit by a speeding car (we see the impact both times and see one of the girls flip high in the air); also, a car skids and hits someone, but the person gets up after a bit and appears to be unharmed. In two scenes a boy chokes a girl and shakes her by the neck; in one scene he also punches and kicks her repeatedly, then body slams her on the ground. A boy hanging out of a moving car's sun roof is hit repeatedly in the face with tree branches, steps on a passenger's back and head, and at one point has a beehive stuck on his head (he seems unharmed afterwards). A girl throws a vase and rolls a bike and piano down a staircase at someone chasing her; the piano hits another person instead. Two people are involved in an extended fight scene: both are thrown against a wall, a lamp is broken over one's head, one is kicked through a door, and one is kicked in the face repeatedly. A girl mistakenly beats a few trick-or-treaters with a bat (we see them lying on the ground afterwards), a girl punches another, a man hits a girl in the back with a sandwich, a man hits a girl in the head with an ice pack, a girl is hit in the head with a flower bouquet and knocked off a stage, a girl hits someone in the head with a bottle, it's implied a man is whipped, a man steps on a woman's foot (we hear a crunching noise), a boy slams his fists against his locker, a man runs into a tree and falls, a boy falls backwards out of a window, and a couple of people are knocked down. Several instances of threatening with knives and guns, as well as several chase scenes. We see a bound-and-gagged man with his pants pulled down (boxer shorts are visible). We hear flatulence twice; in another scene a girl passes gas in a bath tub and then smells it. A man tells others he defecated in his pants; also, we see and hear men urinating in a bathroom. A large amount of mucus drips from a woman's nose, and a man drools in a few scenes.

PROFANITY 7 - About 17 F-words, lots of anatomical references and slang, lots of scatological references, many mild obscenities, many insults, and a racial epithet. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Spoofs, horror films, serial killers, teen drinking, teen sexuality, marijuana use (we see people smoking in a few scenes), drug trafficking.

MESSAGE - '90s horror flicks make fine fodder for a parody.

Special Keywords: S10 - V8 - P7 - MPAAR

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