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Teaching Mrs. Tingle



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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
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Three high school seniors, one of whom is vying for the honor of Valedictorian, hold a bitter teacher hostage after she threatens to expel them over a misunderstanding. With Katie Holmes, Marisa Coughlan, Barry Watson, Helen Mirren, Michael McKean, Jeffrey Tambor, Vivica A. Fox, Molly Ringwald, Liz Stauber, Lesley Ann Warren and John Patrick White. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Some sexual innuendo (including a reference to group sex and a reference to spanking) and a couple of kisses. A girl takes off her shirt (her bra is visible), rips open a boy's shirt and kisses him passionately while lying on top of him; we then see them post-coitus, nude but covered with a blanket (his bare chest is visible). A blindfolded man embraces a boy -- whom he thinks is a woman -- and kisses his hand and mouth, then passes out. A man nestles against a woman's cleavage and we see a few girls wearing cleavage-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Several scenes of threatening with a crossbow; also, someone is almost shot in the head with an arrow (it pierces a book the person is holding up), someone is grazed in the head with an arrow (the person is knocked unconscious and gets a small bloody facial cut) and someone appears to be shot in the stomach with an arrow but is not injured. A punch and a slap; a person is grabbed and choked. Two people scuffle, chase, choke and throw each other against walls (they both get bloody cuts on their faces). Someone is knocked down a staircase but isn't injured; also, an unconscious person's head "thuds" against a wall as the person is being carried up a staircase. Throughout most of the movie, a woman is tied to a bed and gagged; also, we briefly see another person tied to a bed.

PROFANITY 5 - An F-word, some anatomical references, many scatological references, a couple of mild obscenities, some insults and some name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Unprofessional teachers, hostage situations, teen drinking, teen sexuality, love triangles, college scholarships, infidelity, deception.

MESSAGE - The end justifies the means; everyone gets what he or she deserves.

NOTE: Critics were shown a different final scene than what moviegoers will see; we do not know, and we won't know until the film opens and we have the opportunity to screen it again, whether the scene shown in theaters contains any sex, nudity, violence, gore or profanity.

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

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