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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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Violence & Gore
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Clutzy Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher (played by Saturday Night Live's Molly Shannon) dreams of winning the school talent show so she can become a Hollywood star and kiss the most popular boy in school (played by Will Ferrell). Also with Tom Green, Elaine Hendrix, Glynis Johns, Emmy Laybourne, Mark McKinney and Harland Williams. [1:22]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Many instances of sexual innuendo (including references to homosexuality, fellatio, spanking and venereal diseases) and lots of kissing, sometimes passionate. In a few scenes, a girl presses herself against a tree and a pole and kisses it passionately, pretending that it's a boy. A girl prays to God to help her kiss a boy. A girl pushes a boy on his knees in front of her (he's offscreen), implying that she wants him to perform oral sex (the scene is only a few seconds long). Twice, a girl hugs a boy (once, her legs are wrapped around his waist) and she has to be pried away from him. A boy licks his lip suggestively and fondles two oranges he's holding up to his chest while looking at a girl; she picks up a banana and squeezes it while looking at him. A girl admires her clothed breasts, holding them and telling them how big they are. A boy starts stripping on a stage but is quickly pushed off (we see his boxers). We see three girls in cleavage-revealing nightgowns and a few girls in their bras and panties in a locker room (beams of light shine from one girl's bra-clad breasts for a few seconds). A girl rips open her shirt (revealing an undershirt) in front of a man and we see a girl's panties several times when she falls, twirls or flips up her skirt pretending to be Marilyn Monroe.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Nearly all played for laughs. In a flashback scene, two dancers who've fallen on stage during a performance are killed when the other dancers stomp on them (we see blood spray on their clothing). A girl rescues a boy who's lying on the bottom of a pool. A TV falls on a dog (we see its hind legs sticking out) but it survives. Two girls push, kick, punch and slap each other; one pulls the other down a hallway by her hair and one breaks a vase over the other's head. A girl flicks another's bra-clad breast, a girl knocks down another while playing basketball, a girl accidentally kicks a woman in the face during a dance class and a man grabs a woman's wheelchair and is dragged behind it for a little while. A bucket of paint is dumped on a girl. A girl yells at a woman and angrily slams her door many times. A girl screams, shattering a basketball hoop backboard, and then collapses; she's later given an oxygen mask and taken away on a stretcher. Boys throw eggs at a sign and a house. We hear a girl vomit. Many pratfalls and some pushing.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, several anatomical references, a couple of scatological references, a few mild obscenities and lots of name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Catholic high schools, special education classes, God and religion, fulfilling one's dreams, teen smoking, crushes, loss of loved ones.

MESSAGE - You can be a superstar if you believe in your talents and don't let others discourage you from fulfilling your dreams.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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