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Sex Drive [2008] [R] - 9.6.10



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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 high school senior (Josh Zuckerman) with hopes of losing his virginity meets a willing partner on the internet and plans a road trip to meet her. However, he first has to get past his feelings for his best girl friend (Amanda Crew) and deal with his abusive older brother (James Marsden). Also with Clark Duke, Charlie McDermott, Seth Green, Alice Greczyn and Katrina Bowden. Directed by Sean Anders. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A young man and a young woman have sex, and we see her thrusting wildly on him in bed (we see her bare back and his bare chest): they moan, and she then slaps him in the face several times.
 A man follows a young man into a public restroom, the young man sits in a stall, reaches for toilet paper and feels the man's penis (we see a glimpse of flesh tone) -- the man in the next door stall apparently placed his penis through a hole and under the toilet paper holder; we see his bare shoulders and back and the young man panics and runs out of the bathroom zipping up his pants.
 A bare-chested young man lies in bed wearing only boxer shorts and a woman wearing bra and panties straddles him; she puts him in handcuffs, she performs oral sex on him (we see her head moving rhythmically), then stands over him and it is suggested that she defecates on him (we do not see this).
 Several young women take off their dance costumes off-stage and we see bare breasts and abdomens and a young man onstage watches and ends up with an erection (we see a large bulge in his pants). Two young Amish women open their dresses to reveal their bare breasts and abdomens during a concert. An elderly man wearing shorts sits on a chair with his legs apart and his testicles are clearly visible. A nude man handcuffed to a metal headboard runs out of a trailer home and into a cornfield (we see his bare back, legs and buttocks). A young woman wearing a short skirt climbs on a rope ladder and her skirt flips up and reveals her thong underwear and her bare buttocks. Several young women wearing skimpy outfits dance on a stage. Many young women are shown wearing low-cut tops that reveal deep cleavage and bare abdomens (we see a belly button piercing) in several scenes. We see a young man in jockey shorts and a T-shirt. We see a picture of a young woman in a bikini and we see a picture of a young man bare-chested.
 A young man lies in bed, we see the covers lift up at his crotch, he lifts the covers and says a young woman's name, a female hand touches his mouth and the covers move rhythmically (implying oral sex); the young man wakes up (it was apparently a dream), removes his underwear and tosses them across the room (we hear them splat on the floor suggesting that they are wet from semen).
 A young man and a young woman kiss in bed (he is wearing a shirt partially unbuttoned and boxer shorts and she is wearing skimpy panties and a tank T-shirt): he stops her and they talk, then he tells her "just take off your top," she lies down and he prepares to lie on top of her and it is implied that they have sex. A young man and a young woman lying on a sofa covered to the shoulders with a blanket kiss and we are told that they have sex.
 A young man and a young woman kiss, she takes off her top (we see her bare back), she tells him to take off his clothes, they kiss, and he stops her (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); we see the young man later with no clothes, standing on the side of the road (his bare buttocks, back and legs are visible).
 Two young Amish women kiss passionately at a party. A young woman kisses a young man's neck, puts his finger in her mouth and sucks on it suggestively. A young man and a young woman dance and kiss. A young man and a young woman kiss in a few scenes. We see a poster of two women kissing passionately. A young man leans in to kiss a young woman and she pulls away.
 A young man wearing a life-size donut costume walks through a shopping mall and another young man sticks a rubber penis and testicles on the front of the costume (he is not aware and walks through the mall causing people to point and look away). A young man accidentally flings a condom that sails across a room and sticks to the hair of his stepmother. A young man thrusts his hips toward a hanging punching bag and kisses it passionately while his stepmother comes into the room. A young man buys condoms in a drug store and a video of the event is shown on a website (we hear that many people have seen it).
 A 14-year-old boy says, "Smell my fingers" to his older brother; he does and asks, "Are you sure you got the right hole?" A young woman tries to talk a young man out of having sex with a woman he doesn't know, and she then offers to have sex with him and he leaves. A young man gives another young man a hard time about being a virgin and not having a girlfriend and says, "That's how you get gay." A young man says he was raped in a prison cell and then says he wasn't but that two other guys were. A young man accuses another young man of masturbating in bed. A young man calls out to a young woman "I'm uncircumcised." A teenage girl talks about having had sex with her boyfriend and now she is pregnant. We hear about a period of time that Amish people can live the life of the non-Amish and then must return to the Amish community and ways. A young man tells his family that he is gay.
 A young woman wearing a low-cut top and short skirt (cleavage and bare legs) leans into a young man's car and flirts with him. A young man and a young woman IM each other flirtatiously and she offers to have sex with him if he will drive to see her. Two young men ask young women numerous sexually suggestive questions in several scenes. Two young women fight (they pull each other's hair and shove each other) with a love song playing in the background and several young people watch.
 A young woman urinates in a car radiator (we see her straddling the radiator), a car passes by and two boys look at her and photograph her (we see the photo with a black box covering her genitals). A woman in a prison cell with many others sits on a toilet with her pants down (her bare knees are visible) and she reaches out to give a young woman a hug.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A nude man handcuffed to a metal headboard runs out of a trailer home and into a cornfield, he is chased by a truck, the truck runs over him (he lies flat on the ground and is unharmed), but he is struck several times by the driver of the truck who now has a baseball bat, and the driver is then struck by a car and thrown farther into the field (he is motionless for a few moments).
 A man with a gun grabs a young woman by the hair and forces her to walk with him; a young man jumps on the man knocking the gun out of his hand, the young man gets the gun, fires it in the air, and then shoots the man in the leg (we see a hole and blood), and he then kicks the wound and head-butts the man. A police officer tasers a young man wearing a donut costume.
 A young man punches and kicks another young man and throws him across a room; he then pinches his nipples and lifts him off the floor. A man is punched hard in the face and falls to the ground. In a prison cell a young man is punched in the face by a man and he falls to the floor. A man punches a young man in the face (we see a bit of blood). Two young women fight: they pull each other's hair and shove each other. A young man punches another young man, they wrestle and he punches him again.
 A young man and a young woman kiss, she takes off her top, she tells him to take off his clothes, he refuses and a man holds a gun to his head; we see the young man later with no clothes, standing on the side of the road.
 A young man uses a tire iron to repeatedly beat a possum that has been struck by a car but is not dead (we hear a crunch with each blow).
 A man in a truck crashes into a car (there are no injuries). Two cars on a highway race, they weave in and out of traffic, one car throws food onto the windshield of the other car, and it swerves off the road and nearly slams into a stalled RV (the occupants of the car are thrown around but not seriously harmed). A young man drives across a highway median and speeds into traffic on the other side; his car and another car race, swerving in and out of traffic, and one car strikes an animal on the road.
 A young man opens an overheated radiator, and the top strikes him in the head and knocks him down (we see him later with an imprint in his forehead). A young woman is knocked to the ground by a car door. A young man kicks and pounds on a garage door until it fall off the hinges. A young man throws a tire iron that breaks through a police car's windshield (he is arrested). A young man runs alongside a moving car trying to get in, the driver slams on the brakes and the young man slams into the open car door. A young man flings a bungee cord that strikes another young man in the face (he falls on the ground but we see no injuries). A young woman collapses on the ground drunk. A woman slips on a pair of wet underwear left on the floor and slams to the floor (we see her in an arm sling later).
 A man threatens to stake three people to the ground and leave them for the dogs.
 A young woman vomits (we hear splat and gagging). A young woman drools after being given an injection of a numbing agent. A young woman throws a lollipop that strikes another young woman in the mouth and breaks her tooth (we see the swollen gum and broken tooth). A woman in a prison cell with many others sits on a toilet with her pants down. A young man urinates in a prison cell with many others around (we hear the trickle). A young man pulls a piece of chewing gum out of his pubic hair (we only see the gum). A young woman is given an injection in her mouth before a dental procedure (we see the hypodermic needle).

PROFANITY 10 - About 60 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 32 sexual references, 48 scatological terms, 51 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 7 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (bat, crazy, moron), exclamations (shut up), 10 religious profanities, 13 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Young people (bout 18 years old) drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and cigars at a party, many people are shown drinking alcohol at a large party and several appear to be drunk, and a man drinks alcohol. Men smoke cigarettes in a few scenes. A young woman is given an injection in her mouth before a dental procedure (we see the hypodermic needle).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Casual sex, friendship vs. romantic relationships, the Amish culture and lifestyle, crushes, homosexuality, virginity, vow of abstinence, promiscuity, breaking rules, hitchhiking, lying, sarcasm, disrespecting women, teenage pregnancy, prison sex, rape.

MESSAGE - Everybody wants a challenge. Some things are worth the effort.

Special Keywords: S9 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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