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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

A popular high school cheerleader gets pregnant and convinces her fellow cheerleading friends to help her rob a bank so she'll be able to provide for the baby. With Marley Shelton, James Marsden, Marla Sokoloff, Mena Suvari, Rachel Blanchard, W. Earl Brown, Melissa George, Jake Hoffman, Alexandra Holden, Nate Maher and Sara Marsh. [1:20]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Lots of sexual innuendo, including references to wet dreams, male genitalia, incest, lesbianism, and prison sex. A few instances of passionate kissing. A girl talks about having an orgasm while riding a horse. A girl talks about losing her virginity. A girl talks about how seeing pictures of Christ on the cross turns her on. A boy licks ice cream off his girlfriend's bare belly. A girl suggestively licks an ice cream cone. A girl pulls up her skirt and puts her hand on her underwear. A girl talks about women in prison having brooms shoved up their "you know what" (that's what she says). A girl stuffs something up her shirt to pad her breasts. A girl implies she has breast implants. An older woman is obviously interested in/aroused by teenage girls in their cheerleading outfits. Talk of trading sex for guns. A few scenes of girls in their night gowns; a few scenes of a girl in her bra. We see the bare shoulders of a girl in a towel. Lots of cleavage. Two transvestites.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A girl accidentally kicks a boy in the face. A boy is hit in the head with a football. A girl slaps a boy in the face. Threatening with guns and shots fired; a man's hat has a hole shot through it while he's wearing it. A girl punches another girl in the face and pulls her hair. Twice the camera scans under bathroom stalls as we see girls passing a box of tampons to one another. We see five boys peeing at urinals. A girl vomits twice. We watch an antelope giving birth. A pregnant girl passes gas a few times. Talk of an ear being cut off in a video.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, one implied F-word, and one bleeped out F-word, several anatomical and scatological references, a few mild obscenities, some religious profanities, several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teenage pregnancy, abortion, robbery, ouija boards, menstruation, cheerleading, broken families, living together, one character is stereotypically gay

MESSAGE - A team of spirited cheerleaders can always figure out a way to get things done.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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