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Superbad [2007] [R] - 8.5.10



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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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Two high school seniors and best friends prepare to graduate and head off to separate colleges. In an effort to make their final days memorable they come up with a plan to have sex with a girl sometime before summer is over. With Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Bill Hader. Directed by Greg Mottola. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A teenage girl takes a teenage boy to a bedroom, they kiss, she takes off her top (we see her in a bra), he takes off his shirt (we see his bare chest), she puts her hand in his pants, and she begs him to have sex with her; he declines the invitation and she vomits.
 A bare-chested teenage boy lies in bed and a teenage girl in bra and panties straddles him, kisses him and thrusts.
 We see a man spanking two women's bare buttocks. Men and women dance at a party: one woman dances seductively with a teenage boy, he caresses her clothed buttocks, she rubs her crotch on his thigh and she tells him, "You dance hot."
 A teenage boy walks behind a teenage girl who wears low-slung white pants and a black thong is visible at her hip and he describes watching her. A teenage boy watches a teenage girl dance and move suggestively.
 A teenage boy looks at a pornographic website and we see women with bare breasts and buttocks exposed. A teenage boy looks at a pornographic magazine and we see a woman on the cover with bare breasts exposed. We see a poster depicting a woman in a very low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
 A man thrusts his hips suggestively and makes a sexual gesture with his hand. A teenage boy stands behind a teenage girl and makes crude sexual gestures with his mouth and hands. A teenage boy tries on a pair of tight-fitting jeans and talks to another teenage boy about how they enhance his endowment.
 A teenage boy lists a number of sexual fetishes: feet, urine, animals, etc., and describes watching vaginal penetration. A teenage boy makes an insulting sexual comment about another teenage boy performing oral sex on his father. A teenage boy stares at another teenage boy's mother's cleavage when she bends over to speak to him, and tells his friend in crude terms that he is jealous that he nursed from those breasts when he was a baby. A man talks in crude terms about two teenage boys having sex with teenage girls. A man talks about a woman performing oral sex on him. Teenagers talk about how they can get alcohol for a party and that they hope if the girls that they are interested in get drunk they can have sex with them. Two teenage boys talk about contraceptives and whether or not to take some to a party. A teenage boy confesses to being obsessed with male genitals and drawing them when he was younger (we see many cartoonish drawings involved in various activities). Two teenage boys talk in crude terms about whether or not a teenage girl would be good at sex. Two teenage boys talk about wanting to have sex before they graduate and one talks about wanting to be good at sex. A teenage boy talks about wanting a teenage girl to perform oral sex on him. Two teenage boys talk about becoming members of pornographic websites. A man asks a teenage boy whether he just had sex with a teenage girl. A sign outside a dance club reads "nude girls."
 A teenage boy accidentally touches a teenage girl's clothed breast in a crowded school hallway and they both seem embarrassed. A teenage boy looks at a teenage girl's cleavage and she sees him (he is embarrassed and looks away).
 A teenage boy has a spot of blood on his pants after dancing with a woman at a party and people at the party tease him about it being period blood.
 A teenage boy kisses a teenage girl and she pulls away from him. Two teenage boys lie in sleeping bags next to each other (they appear slightly drunk), profess their love for each other and they hug (nothing sexual is implied).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A teenage boy imagines having his throat slit (we see the wound open and blood pours from it).
 A teenage boy spits on a police officer, who turns and strikes him hard in the head with his nightstick (they boy falls to the ground).
 A man who's robbing a liquor store punches a teenage boy in the face and the boy falls to the floor (we see the punch repeatedly when a security tape is replayed). A teenage boy is struck in the head with a bottle and we see a bit of blood on his head.
 A teenage boy is struck by a car, he is thrown into the windshield and rolls down onto the street (he's OK). A man backs his car into a teenage boy, who is knocked to the ground (he gets up uninjured) and they argue about reparations.
 A man pushes a man out of his house, then punches and kicks the man repeatedly while a crowd gathers around and cheers him on.
 A teenage boy imagines an elderly woman being struck in the head with a bottle (we see her fall to the floor and he says she's dead). A teenage boy passes out and strikes a teenage girl in the face by accident (we see her the next day with a bruised eye).
 Three teenage boys run away from police who chase them, one boy trips on a pup tent and the children inside are frightened, and the children's father throws a baseball bat and hits one of the teenagers in the back (he falls and yells but gets up and continues running). Two teenage boys and a man struggle over bags filled with liquor bottles.
 A police officer holds a gun on two teenage boys and forces them to lie on the ground. A teenage boy is forced by several men to sing for them.
 Police arrive at the scene of a disturbance, we hear yelling from inside a bar, a man who appears to be drunk yells at the proprietor, the police draw their weapons and tell the man to stop, the man runs, a teenage boy chases him, and the man slips and strikes his head on the floor and he lies unconscious.
 Two police officers and a teenage boy spill gasoline on a police car and set it on fire, and then the teenager shoots one of the officers' guns at the burning car. A teenage boy holds and fires a police officer's gun.
 A police officer speeds his car through a parking lot, spins out of control and crashes into a light pole. A police car speeds through red lights in several scenes causing cars to swerve and stop abruptly.
 A teenage boy threatens to cut another teenage boy's face off and then wear it. A teenage boy says, "I'll kill you." A teenage boy yells at and curses at his teacher. Teenagers talk about how they can get alcohol for a party.
 A teenage boy vomits after drinking too much alcohol, and a man vomits after drinking too much and then running.

PROFANITY 10 - 175 F-word and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 50 sexual references, 63 scatological terms (8 mild), 80 anatomical terms (1 mild), 19 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (idiot, stupid, dumb, retard, loser), 2 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown snorting a drug and smoking another drug at a party. People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes at a party, teenage boys and teenage girls are shown drinking alcohol at a party and several are shown to be drunk, a teenage boy drinks a lot of alcohol in a hurry in order to get drunk quickly, three teenage boys drink beer and one vomits from having had too much, two police officers drink beer while on duty and give beer to a minor, and three teenage boys try to figure out how they can get alcohol for a party. A teenage boy smokes cigarettes in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - High school graduation, teenagers, teen sex, pornography, life choices, friendship, disappointment, underage drinking, drug use, pre-marital sex, promiscuity, respect for women, maturity, bullying, fake IDs.

MESSAGE - Don't forget what it was like to be a teenager. Maintaining strong friendships is more important than partying and having sex.

Special Keywords: S8 - V5 - P10 - MPAAR

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