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The Social Network [2010] [PG-13] - 5.2.5



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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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The story of the creation of social network giant Facebook, follows its creator, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), through the inception of the idea in his university dorm room to the company's current fiscal and social impact. Also with Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, Dakota Johnson and Armie Hammer. Directed by David Fincher. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man and a young woman enter a bathroom stall, they kiss passionately, the young woman rips open her shirt and moves her head toward the young man's crotch after she unzips his pants, implying that she performs oral sex (we see no nudity); another set of male and female feet are see in a different bathroom stall.
 A young woman is seen wearing underpants and a shirt as she gets out of bed, where a young man is lying with his shirt open (his bare chest is visible); it is implied that they had sex but he tells her that she slept "on top" of him rather than "with him" as she takes off her clothes (we see her blurry bare back) as she gets into a shower (she is later seen with a towel wrapped around her).
 In a party setting, two young women wearing only their underwear with a clothed man between them are seen dancing suggestively on top of a table. A young woman is seen taking off her shirt (we see her back, with a bra on) during what is implied to be a game of strip poker. At a bar, three women are seen dancing suggestively on platforms while wearing skirts and bras. A young woman is seen unbuttoning her shirt and lying on a table, and her cleavage is seen as a young man remarks that she should take off her bra (she does not). A young man is seen getting out of bed wearing a shirt and brief-style underwear. A shirtless young man is seen standing in a group of young men in the snow. Three shirtless young men are seen by a swimming pool.
 On multiple occasions a young man remarks to two other young men about a young man's known "reputation with women," and when he sees him with two young women he asks their ages and the young man responds, "You don't ask." A young man jokes to another young man that he'd rather be accused of necrophilia than of animal cruelty. A young man says that a man had allowed him and a young woman into a bar because the young woman had "slept with him"; the young woman denies this. A young man tells two young men and a young woman, using a crude sexual phrase, that they will have to take whatever they get. A young man remarks, "girls love to get with" young men, and two other young men agree. A young man makes a remark to a group of young men that "Asians love him and [he] loves Asians." A young man tells another young man that a woman is a Victoria's Secret model and Victoria's Secret was created by a man who "Simply wanted to buy his wife stockings."
 A young man looks at the behind of a young woman after he asks another young man if they were "together," and the other young man says, "A little bit," without clarifying (sex is implied). A young man narrates as he makes a post on the internet concerning the size of a young woman's breasts, and the young woman is later seen reading the post and crying, as two young men tease her while holding up a bra to their chests.
 Many young women and young men are seen clicking on a website while commenting aloud (as well as seeing instructions on the website) that they must decide which young woman's picture was hotter. A man and a woman are seen lying side-by-side in bed, fully clothed.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A young man shouts at another young man and acts as though he is going to punch him, but stops.
 A young man shouts at another young man, picks up his computer and smashes it on the ground. A young woman sets a small box on fire, drops it into a trashcan on top of a young man's bed and walks out of the room as the trashcan burns; the young man shouts at the young woman and puts the fire out with a fire extinguisher.
 A young man uses a zip-line attached to a chimney to jump into a swimming pool, the chimney cracks and the young man crashes into the pool (he is unharmed). A young man stumbles while trying to stand up and falls to the ground, knocking over a chair; he stands up unharmed.
 A young man says he wants to hire "The Sopranos" to beat a young man up, and another young says that he and another young man should beat up the young man instead. A young man off-handedly remarks that he wants to kill another young man. A young man says he wants a young man "dead." A young man tells another young man the story of a man jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and then implies that he does not want something similar happening to him. A young man uses both hands to give a building a rude hand gesture. A young man remarks that he feels like a young man "is giving him the finger." A group of people discuss how a young man had been accused of animal cruelty, and the young man explains that he was raising a chicken for a week and had simply fed the chicken a piece of cooked chicken. A young woman makes a joke that she likes to look at picture of cats dressed up as Hitler. A young woman sarcastically says she "might have died," after a young man tells her there is a snake in the room. A man sarcastically tells a woman to punch him in the face. A young woman tells a young man that dating him is "like dating a Stairmaster." A young man, on multiple occasions, says that young women (specifically their photos) could be compared to farm animals.
 We see a young man vomit: the sound of vomit is heard as we see it coming from his mouth.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 7 sexual references, 20 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, exclamations ("what the eff"), name-calling (trite, jerk, tranny, moron, stupid, wildcard, nerd, crazy, irrational, pathetic, psychotic), 1 religious profanity, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two young women and a young man are seen snorting a white powder off the stomach of another young woman, powder is found on a young man's hand (it is later identified in a conversation as cocaine) by the police and the group are arrested, two young women are seen smoking from a very long bong after a young man instructs them to "smoke up," a young woman and a young man are seen smoking what appears to be a marijuana joint and a young man is seen smoking from what appears to be a pipe filled with marijuana, an unidentified pill is seen placed on a person's tongue at a party, and a young man remarks that if he were a drug dealer he could not give away drugs so quickly. Young men and young women drink continuously through the movie, including at parties, dinners, and at home, despite acknowledging that they are under age, a young man acknowledges that he is drunk, groups of people chug liquor directly from a bottle and people are seen drinking to inebriation and discussing drinking on a regular basis. A young man smokes a cigar and young men and women are seen smoking cigarettes in bars.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Final Clubs, Harvard academic and social clubs, rowing, breaking up a relationship, Facebook, Napster, digital presence, Bill Gates, self-made millionaires and billionaires, computer languages, betrayal, stock deluding, cease and desist letters, intellectual property laws, suing in civil and federal court, perjury, racial diversity, coming-of-age, lost friendships.

MESSAGE - Do not mix friends and business.

Special Keywords: S5 - V2 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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