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Sing Street [2016] [PG-13] - 3.4.5



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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 teen boy (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is forced to change schools when his parents can no longer afford his tuition and in order to cope with the stress of dealing with bullies and being the new kid he organizes a band that eventually changes the path of his life. Also with Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor, Lucy Boynton, Kelly Thornton, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton and Karl Rice. Directed by John Carney. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A teen boy kisses a teen girl. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss, and then kiss again.
 A woman is shown sitting on a bed as she puts batteries in a vibrator and closes her bedroom door (we do not see her using the device). A husband picks up dresses that his wife is packing and makes remarks about another man thinking they are "sexy."
 A music video shows many women wearing bikini bottoms that reveal bare legs to the hips and bare abdomens. Teenage girls and a few women war low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage.
 A teen boy disagrees with a priest about the boy wearing makeup to school, and the priest touches the boy's face and says, "You have a pretty enough face without makeup" invites the boy into his private bathroom and attacks him to remove the makeup; the boy then leaves (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young man makes a comment about rape occurring (by priests) in a school. A young man talks to his younger brother about "wanting to have actual sexual intercourse." A young man says that he thinks his mother is having an affair with her boss. A teen girl talks about her father "loving her too much" (it may suggest the implication of incest). A young man tells his younger brother that their parents got married because they wanted to have sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A teen boy disagrees with a priest about the boy wearing makeup to school (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and the priest grabs the boy in the hallway and forces his face into a sink, scrubs it with soap, holds his head under water and slaps him hard.
 Two teenage boys fight in a schoolyard and a priest watches through a window; we see a blood on the boys' faces. A teen boy slaps another boy in the face, steals his candy bar, punches him in the face and eats the sweet as he walks away (we see the injured boy with black eyes later). A priest punches a teenage boy in the face and pushes him out a door. A man hits a teen boy in the face (we do not see injuries). A teen boy takes another teen boy into as bathroom and points a slingshot at him while telling him to dance, which the boy does; he then tells the boy to take down his pants and dance again, the boy refuses and the threatening boy leaves. Two teenage boys shove each other until a priest intervenes and separates them. A teenage girl is shown with a bruise on her face and it is implied that a man struck her.
 A teen boy and a teen girl ride in a small boat into rough water as a storm begins and nearly run into a large ferry boat (they are not harmed). A teen girl jumps off a stone wall and into the ocean; she calls for help because she cannot swim and a teen boy jumps in to pull her to safety.
 In an imagined sequence, a young man squeezes the face of a teenage girl and seems threatening until another young man interrupts them and the two young men fight; one pulls a knife, the other knocks it out of his hand and the fight stops.
 A husband and his wife argue regularly about money and their relationship and eventually agree to legally separate. A priest tells a teen boy to leave his shoes in the man's office until he can get the proper type of shoes; the boy does so and leaves wearing only socks on his feet (we see him walk through mud puddles outside). A man inside a house calls to a teenage boy, "Do you want another smack?" A teen boy tells another teen boy, "I'm going to kill you one of these days." A young man tells a teen boy, "You'll probably die."
 A young man yells and throws albums around his room breaking them. Teenage boys throw papers and other items at each other across a classroom (no injuries are apparent). A boy holds a dead rat on the end of a stick (no blood is visible) and throws it at another teen boy who flinches and walks away. Two teen boys hold another teen boy down across a desk and another teen boy appears to flatulate in his face. A teen girl insists that a teen boy sing a song on the street and he refuses but eventually sings a couple of lines.
 A teen girl talks about her father having been struck and killed by a car and her mother being bi-polar. A teen boy talks about his parents splitting up. A comment is made about depressed people turning to alcoholics. We hear that many Irish youth emigrate to London in hopes of finding work. A young man makes remarks about the systematic beating of students at a school. A young man makes a comment about rape in a school. A teen boy talks about a classmate's parents being drug addicts.
 A teen boy leans against a wall and vomits (we see the spray). A teenage boy spits on a sidewalk and we see the spittle spew from his lips.

PROFANITY 5 - 2 F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 2 sexual references, 19 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 5 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (stupid, bleeding spanner, bloody, stupid cow, posh, lunatic, rapist bullies, stupid, mad, crazy, mad bastard, nuts, useless, worthless, pretentious, gay-looking), exclamations (shut-up), religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Jesus Christ). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young man smokes what is apparently hashish, a young man refers to not having smoked hashish in several days, and a teen boy talks about a classmate's parents being drug addicts. A man drinks glasses of what looks like whiskey in a few scenes, a young man and a woman drink glasses of wine in several scenes, a priest drinks from a flask in a classroom full of teen boys, and a woman drinks a glass of wine and smokes a cigarette on her front porch as her sons watch. Teenage boys smoke on sidewalks and outside a school in several scenes, a teen boy smokes in a classroom, a teenage boy asks another teenage boy if he wants to smoke and they go into a bathroom (they do not end up smoking), teen boys smoke cigarettes in a school canteen, a teen girl has a cigarette in her mouth but does not light it and says she is trying to quit, three teen boys smoke cigarettes in a shed, a priest smokes a cigarette, and a man smokes a cigarette at a kitchen table.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dreams, lofty goals, the future, changing one's life, marriage, leaving home, divorce vs. legal separation, infidelity, wasted lives, ambition, mental and physical abuse, heart break, orphaned children.

MESSAGE - Life can be happy and sad, but don't let that stop you from trying to be happy.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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