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Uptown Girls



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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

A famous rock star's freewheeling daughter (Brittany Murphy) is left with an inheritance after his death and expects to continue as the toast of the Manhattan social scene. However, when her inheritance is embezzled, she is forced to look for a job. She becomes the nanny of a neglected, precocious 8-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) and together they learn to trust each other and have fun. Also with Heather Locklear, Jesse Spencer and Donald Faison. Directed by Boaz Yakin. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman caresses a man's bare chest with a sheet and asks "is it bedtime?" A man feeds a woman candies, she eats them seductively, and they kiss. A man and a woman kiss. A bare-chested man is surrounded by women in skimpy outfits and they caress him as he sings (during a music video). A woman puts on a negligee and looks at a man suggestively. A woman licks a man's neck after taking a shot of alcohol, and a woman kisses a man's arm and flirts with him. A woman calls for a man from another room (they have presumably had sex). Men and women dance together in a nightclub. Two women dance together seductively, and a woman jumps into a man's arms and they hug. Women wear dresses and outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs to the hip and bare legs. A man is bare-chested in a couple of scenes. A woman takes off a man's shirt she's wearing, and we see her bare back and shoulders. A man takes off his shirt and we see him bare-chested and a woman takes off his boxer shorts (she's wearing them) and returns them to him (we see her bare legs). People discuss a man's vow of celibacy, and a woman makes a sexual remark while she sleeps.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman talks about her parents having died in a plane crash. A girl slaps a woman in the face, the woman slaps the girl in the face, and the girl punches the woman in the stomach repeatedly. Two girls fight (one is on top of the other on the ground) and two women fight (one is on top of the other on the ground). A man lies in a bed in a coma, with tubes attached to him. A woman and a girl fight over a plate and it crashes to the floor. A woman is hit in the face by a swinging door (the woman has a bloody nose). A woman jumps off a bridge and into shallow water: we hear that the water is contaminated and see the woman in bed with a fever later. A sheet of cookies catch fire and a woman uses a jacket to try to extinguish it and the jacket catches on fire. A man grabs a young girl and drags her out of a bathroom as she yells insults at him. Two women slip in soap suds and fall onto the floor. The heel of a woman's shoe breaks and she stumbles, and a closet shelf and rod break and dump clothing on a woman's head. A woman runs into a street with traffic speeding by to hail a cab. A young woman imagines her face as old and wrinkled as she looks in a mirror. A woman is evicted from her apartment. A girl vomits (we hear gagging), a girl coughs and spits into a garbage can, and two women blow their noses in a man's handkerchief and return it to him used.

PROFANITY 4 - 2 obscene hand gestures, 4 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 4 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 22 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fairy tales, dealing with real life, death of parents, growing up, loneliness, embezzlement, responsibility, grief, respect.

MESSAGE - Every ending is a new beginning. Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol. A girl takes many pills, apparently herbal remedies.)

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

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