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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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MPAA Rating: PG-13

In order for a smitten high school boy to take out the girl of his dreams, he must find someone brave enough to date her older, temperamental sister. Based on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." With Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Andrew Keegan, Larry Miller, David Leisure, Susan May Pratt and Gabrielle Union. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to masturbation and homosexuality). Kissing, sometimes passionately. A boy draws breasts onto a tray and draws a penis onto a boy's face. A girl dances suggestively on top of a table. A girl flashes her breasts at a man (we only see part of her bare back) and many girls wear cleavage- and midriff-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A boy riding a moped is nearly hit by a car; when he swerves to avoid the car, he drives down a hill and eventually falls off his moped (he's shaken but unharmed). Also a girl intentionally backs her car into a boy's car and dents its door. A girl accidentally shoots a man with an arrow (the scene is more comical than violent). There are a number of shoving punches and scuffles: A boy pushes a boy down and punches another, a girl punches a boy in the face twice and knees him in the groin (we see him writhing in pain on the floor), a girl bumps a boy in the head with her bag, and two boys fall through glass doors. A girl knocks down another while playing soccer, a boy is knocked out when he's hit in the head with a golf ball and a girl hits her head on a chandelier and falls off a table (she's caught before she hits the ground). We see someone fall past a window. We briefly see students dissecting frogs, and we hear a girl throw up.

PROFANITY 4 - Lots of anatomical references (a couple are clinical terms and one is seen in a subtitle), many scatological references, many mild obscenities, many insults and lots of name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Protective parents, dating, falling in love, being different, teen smoking, drinking and marijuana use, sexuality, deception.

MESSAGE - Don't let past pain keep you from experiencing new and exciting things.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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