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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 "Fatal Attraction" of sorts for the teen set: Ben Cronin stars as a high school senior who has just about everything going for him. Then the alluring new girl in town falls for him, and when her affections are not reciprocated, his life begins to unravel. Also with Erika Christensen, Jesse Bradford, Shiri Appleby, Dan Hedaya and Clayne Crawford. [1:25]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young man and a young woman kiss passionately a few times in the front seat of a car: the young man is bare-chested and the young woman is wearing a camisole, and the young man slips the straps off her shoulders. A young man and a young woman have sex in a swimming pool; they kiss passionately, she reaches under the water and makes a remark about his endowment, he reaches under the water and presumably removes her panties and they both thrust rhythmically. A young man and a young woman kiss passionately, he opens her jacket, we see her lace bra and he kisses her neck and chest. A young man and a young woman kiss romantically in several scenes. Young men on the swim team are shown in their Speedo-type swim trunks several times that expose the outline of their private parts. A young woman in her underwear (lace bra and panties) wades into a swimming pool toward a young man who is swimming. Young women wear outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare lower backs and bare thighs. There's some sexual innuendo: An elderly man in a hospital asks a young man if he meant girl scouts when he talked about scouts coming, an elderly man says "I asked you to find me a woman," a young man gives an elderly man a deck of pornographic playing cards (we see a woman on the box who is plainly nude but her private parts are covered by her arms), a young man says he can't wait to hear a young woman's Southern accent as, "she's moaning my name," a young man says "I'm just handy all over the place," a young woman asks a young man if he has her panties, an instant message from a young woman asks a young man if he is using his "hands for something else," a young woman invites a young man to her house and talks about a "release." A young man and a young woman flirt in several scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young man swims into another young man who's floating dead in the water (we see some blood in the water around the body). A young woman is pulled into a pool, she and a young man fight in the water, but she cannot swim so we see her flailing and gasping for air and eventually watch her drown. An elderly man in a hospital is given the wrong medication -- we hear the alarms sound and see the medical staff rush to his room. A young woman grabs a gun from a police officer and shoots two officers in a police cruiser (we see flashes and hear the gunshots). A young woman on a moped is run down by a car; we see her head lunge backward and the grill of the car behind her and then cut away (we see her later with a bruised face). A young woman is handcuffed to a wheelchair and shoved into a pool; a young man dives in to save her, gets her free and to the surface, and performs mouth-to-mouth resucitation. A young man is hit on the head with a trophy and falls to the floor unconscious. We see a young man on life support in a hospital and hear that he was in a car accident. We see a woman lying unconscious on the floor. A young woman raises her arm to cut a young man with a scalpel, and a young man holds a young woman by the throat with a scalpel. A young man grabs a young woman by the throat and threatens her. A young woman slaps a young man in the face. Two young men shove each other and a young man bumps into another young man in a hallway. A young woman with a scalpel stands outside the room of another young woman. We see two young men holding urine specimen cups (they are empty). Two young men talk about a young woman killing them if she found them in her room.

PROFANITY 4 - 2 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stalking, obsession, secrets, dreams, aspirations, loss of a loved one, separation, the juvenile justice system, commitment, distractions, illegal drugs, pressure to perform, infidelity.

MESSAGE - Don't get distracted from your dreams or your promises.

(Note: Young men and women are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. A young man talks about having had a drug problem, which led to a stealing problem, which lead him to juvenile hall. There is a discussion about a young man testing positive for anabolic steroids.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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