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Slums of Beverly Hills



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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

This coming-of-age comedy features a young teenager (Natasha Lyonne) who learns to live with her quirky family. Also with Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Corrigan, David Krumholtz, Eli Marienthal, Carl Reiner, Rita Moreno and Jessica Walter.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo and a few kisses. There are three shots of bare breasts and many scenes with scantily-clad women (in bras and underwear, cleavage-revealing tops, short skirts, etc.), and a few scenes in which a woman is obviously nude but we only see her bare shoulders or back; also two scenes with boys in their underwear. Also two instances of men fondling women's breasts underneath their shirts; one of the scenes is brief, the other is extended (we also see the man take off his shirt and begin to unbuckle his pants, but he stops when the woman tells him to). In one scene, two women are tossing a vibrator back and forth and dancing suggestively with it; in another, a woman uses it -- we only see her face and hear the sounds of her breathing and the hum of the vibrator. We see a distant, aerial view of a naked couple lying on their sides in the backseat of a car -- shadows cover their genital areas, but we do see their bare legs, arms, and the side of their behinds. We see a man shoving bags of marijuana into a woman's panties.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man stabs another man in the leg with a fork, but he's not injured; a woman does the same to another man, and we later see him with a bandage on his leg. A girl who has had cosmetic surgery has black eyes and a bandaged nose. A boy chokes another and a man is slapped in the face with a steak. We see a small menstrual-blood stain on a chair seat and we hear a woman urinating (but only see her legs as she's sitting on the toilet); we later see her trip and spill a cup of urine she's holding. A woman spits up. A boy pulls a stiff, dead cat out of an oven.

PROFANITY 6 - About 5 F-words, many scatological references, some anatomical references, many mild obscenities, and one racial slur. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family relationships, discovering one's sexuality, drug use and addiction, stability.

MESSAGE - Even if a family isn't "typical," well . . . they're still family.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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