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Step Up [2006] [PG-13] - 3.5.3



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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 young man (Channing Tatum) is sentenced to community service time in the art school that he broke into and vandalized, and while sweeping floors and replacing light bulbs he's inspired to help one of the students (Jenna Dewan) with a dance routine. In the process he begins to believe that he may be worthy of something better than his go-nowhere life. Also with Rachel Griffiths, Mario and Drew Sidora. Directed by Anne Fletcher. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman hug and kiss, a young man and a young woman kiss in several scenes, and a young man and a young woman snuggle and hug at a party.
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. Young women are shown in tight-fitting dance costumes in many scenes, which reveal bare abdomens, cleavage and legs. Young men are shown in dance tights and tight fitting tops that accentuate their endowment.
 A young man and a young woman dance close together and nearly kiss in a few scenes. Young men and young women dance together in many scenes, and several scenes show suggestive movements with thrusting and grinding of hips, twirls and dips. A young man dances and makes motions with his hips and arms suggesting sexual movements.
 A young man kisses a young woman on the cheek, and a young man and a young woman flirt in a few scenes.
 A young man admires a young woman while she dances. A young man admires a young woman and two young women admire a young man. A young makes a remark about "playing with myself" -- referring to his music.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A boy is shot three times in the chest: he lies on the street, we see blood on his shirt and we see people grieving at his funeral.
 A man shoves a young man, they fight with punches and shoving, one of them pulls a gun and the other runs away. A security guard grabs a young man and pins him to the floor.
 A young man breaks the window of a building, and with two others he climbs into the building and breaks up a decorated stage.
 A young man tries to pick a fight with another young man. A young man and a young woman argue and yell at each other.
 Three young men steal cars and sell them to another man. A boy tries to steal a car, an alarm sounds, and he is startled and runs away.
 A young man sprains his ankle during dance practice and we see him bandaged and on crutches. A young woman auditions young men for a dance partner position, she attempts to jump for them to catch her and they move out of the way or drop her repeatedly (no one is injured).

PROFANITY 3 - 1 sexual reference, 5 scatological terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (loser), 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks beer in a few scenes and it is implied that he drinks heavily. We see people holding beverages that could be alcohol in a few party scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Breaking and entering, vandalism, community service, goals, dreams, selfishness, greed, street violence, foster families, success, achieving one's dreams and goals, hard work, failure, judging by appearances, privilege, car theft, romance, opportunity, disappointment, betrayal, respect, loyalty, friendship, death of a parent.

MESSAGE - Never give up on having a dream.

Special Keywords: S3 - V5 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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