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School for Scoundrels [2006] [PG-13] - 4.4.5



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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 timid young man (Jon Heder) is anxious to ask his neighbor out on a date but he can't work up the courage. So, he enrolls in a top-secret, confidence-building school, and as the class progresses he eventually asks his neighbor on a date, and she accepts. However, he soon realizes that his teacher (Billy Bob Thornton) at the self-esteem boosting school is also dating the same woman. Also with Jacinda Barrett, Michael Clarke Duncan and Horatio Sanz. Directed by Todd Phillips. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss in a couple of scenes. We see a photo of a woman and a man kissing.
 A man draws a line drawing of a breast and nipple on a chalkboard during a class presentation. We see a slide presentation that shows two lions mating.
 A man wearing T-shirt and jockey shorts sits in his boss' office after having been accosted by two men who stole his clothes. A man gets out of bed in his underwear (jockey shorts and a T-shirt).
 While filing a police report a woman says that "he stole my underwear" and another woman says, "I don't wear underwear."
 A man with a paintball gun forces three men to undress to their underwear, and bound by the hands, to lean over a tree trunk (it is implied that their may have been a plan to sexually assault them but it is not acted out).
 A man reads a love letter, which, it is implied, another man has written to him.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is struck first in the head with a tennis ball, and then a tennis racket; then he is struck in the crotch by a tennis ball, a man tackles him and they wrestle on the ground briefly.
 A man holds a cloth over another man's mouth and nose until he falls unconscious. A man is tasered in the crotch and another man is zapped in the chest by medical equipment.
 Two men threaten a man, they shove and kick the small vehicle he is driving, and one man shoots out one of the tires whereupon the man faints.
 We see a man with his hands taped behind him being held at gunpoint by another man, he falls down a hill and we read that the man was never seen again.
 A man with a paintball gun forces three men to undress to their underwear, and bound by the hands, to lean over a tree trunk (it is implied that their may have been a plan to sexually assault them but it is not acted out).
 Two men disguised as police put handcuffs on a third man and escort him to an elevator; one sprays the handcuffed man with mace but all three are affected by it, they scream and thrash around and one knocks a woman and her shopping cart down. A man shoves another man back onto a desk and he falls over it and onto the floor. A man is held upside down by his shorts and his head is dunked into a toilet. A man is shot in the chest with a paint ball (at close range), and then another man is shot repeatedly in the crotch.
 A man shoots a man with a paintball gun, the man falls to the ground yelling and holding his face, and the man who shot him thinks he hit him in the face but it was a ruse. A man falls back through a glass top table shattering it, while trying to get away from two men. Three men hold paintball guns on each other.
 A man smears jello in a man's face. A man slaps a man's hands. A man shoves another man backward and off a chair. A man is verbally abusive to two men as they walk through a hallway, and he pushes the back of one of their heads. Two men argue over a Danish, and one shoves the other.
 A man breaks a woman's violin against a tree. A man breaks a car windshield using a baseball bat. A man stabs a basketball, deflating it, and the men using the ball threaten him. A woman confronts a man about lying to her.
 A man tells another man that yet another man, "might rape you." A man asks another man if another man raped him. A man threatens to bite the lips off a man. A man threatens to beat a man up. A man makes a remark about a 9-year-old boy's father having been shot in the heart. A man tells a woman that his wife died. We learn that a man wearing a T-shirt and jockey shorts has been accosted by two men who stole his clothes.
 We see a slide presentation showing a lion with a dead zebra in its jaws.
 A man has panic attacks in several scenes that cause him to hyperventilate and faint. A man screams when he is startled by another man. A man is shown drunk and he collapses on the floor.
 A man steals live lobsters out of a tank in a restaurant and releases them into a river.
 A man urinates (we see the stream) and a man scratches at his crotch several times.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 2 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 19 anatomical terms, 23 mild obscenities, name-calling (losers, retards, moron, dumb, idiot), 9 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a bar scene, a man drinks wine from a bottle, a man and a woman drink wine at dinner, and a man is shown drunk and he collapses on the floor.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Happiness, anxiety attacks, extortion, spousal abuse, confidence, competition, homosexuality, rejection, disappointment, male rape, friendship, self-pity, success, failure, disrespectful treatment of women, self-help programs, betrayal, self-respect, jealousy, love.

MESSAGE - Never give up on your goal.

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

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