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Veronica Mars [2014] [PG-13] - 6.5.5



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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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After moving away from home and her teen life as a private detective with her father, a woman (Kristen Bell) moves to New York to pursue a law career. Her plans are derailed when she is called by a high school friend to help him after he is accused of murder. Also with James Franco, Krysten Ritter, Gaby Hoffmann, Eden Sher, Dax Shepard, Tina Majorino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Dohring, Martin Starr and Justin Long. Directed by Rob Thomas. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a video of a man and a woman having sex playing on a large screen in a room with many people watching: the woman is shown straddling the man lying in bed and she removes her top (we see her bare back and bra strap) and we see his legs as she thrusts on him briefly. A man watches a sex tape and we hear moaning and see bare legs from the knee down moving rhythmically. A woman kisses a man and he lifts her up; she wraps her legs around him, pulls his shirt open (we see his bare chest) and they continue to kiss while pressed against a wall; sex is implied when we see him waking up in bed shirtless. A man caresses a woman's shoulders and kisses her bare neck; they go into another room and we hear sexual moaning.
 A man wearing a skin suit with the top open to his hips opens the door to a woman and belches loudly; during a brief conversation, he tells her that "Your boobs look bigger." A woman wears a short bathrobe that reveals cleavage and bare legs to upper thigh. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie. Several women in a bar wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and short skirts that reveal legs from mid-thigh. We see a photograph of the cleavage of three women wearing low-cut dresses. A shirtless man is shown and we see his bare chest, abdomen and back.
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately and we hear that their relationship did not last. A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes. A man kisses a woman on the forehead. A man and a woman hug. A shirtless man (his bare chest, abdomen and back are seen) is shown sitting on a woman's bed and it is implied that they had sex.
 A man shows a woman a line drawing of male genitals and she reaches into her purse and pulls out her hand displaying an obscene gesture and uses the finger to pantomime applying lipstick while looking at the man. Two men make sexual gestures behind two women. A joke is made about the difference between a lawyer and a prostitute and that the prostitute stops [sexual reference deleted] when you're dead.
 A man tries to seduce a woman in a bar and she dismisses him with a verbal insult. A man tries to seduce a woman in a bar and she tells him that her boyfriend is a hit man and that he kills people for money. A man invites a woman to dance in a bar and he makes a sexual gesture with his tongue (she declines). A man approaches a woman in a bar and tells her that another man just "prematured in his pants" while looking at her. A man says that a woman was making finger hearts on his leg while he was driving. A woman makes a reference to another woman having sex with a priest. Men and women dance together at a party. A man confronts his adult daughter and her boyfriend about sleeping together in his house and she talks about their love making being silent. A woman talks to a man and asks if he remembers her and that they, "Used to make out"; he replies that the dress she wore last time he saw her made him think "impure thoughts." A man makes a remark about something about Anne Hathaway having genitals. A man makes a comment about another man getting some "hot man-on-man action" at a bath house. A woman talks about a man and another woman having "4 minutes of sex." A man tells another man that he heard him having sex over the radio (using crude terms). A comment is made about a woman giving a baby up for adoption. During a job interview, a man asks a woman about a sex tape. A woman talks to her boyfriend about a sex tape and says that she hopes that her next interview with a law firm will include a conversation about STDs. A man tells another man, "We'd love to see your dirty picture collection."

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Several motorcycles ride around a stopped vehicle and the woman inside is shown on the phone calling for help and saying, "They are going to kill me" when a man knocks on the window to ask if she needs help and she shoots him through the car window (we see him with a bloody wound lying on the ground and he is shown recovering in the hospital later). A woman stands in front of a window and she is shot in the abdomen (we see blood on her abdomen as she lies on the floor moaning).
 Two men in a car are T-boned and we see them both with blood on their head and face; the car that crashed into them speeds back toward them as another man is pulling one of the injured men out of the car, the car is struck again and it spins around (we see one man recovering in the hospital and we hear that the other man died).
 A man with a gun searches through an apartment for a woman, who jumps out from a cabinet and tasers him in the leg; he falls down and she runs away, but he follows her to a dark storage room where he shoots into closed garbage cans until she hits him in the head with a golf club and he falls unconscious (we see him later with a bandage on his head).
 A man fights two other men with punches and a head-butt; other men join in the fight and we see one with a bruised eye and cheek later after a woman sets off the fire alarm and everyone leaves the building. A police officer slams a man onto the trunk of a car while another officer tasers another man running away and then threatens him with more. A woman punches another woman in the face and she falls off-screen. We see photographs of a fist fight at a party and a punch landing on a man's face.
 A young man is shown punching several people and striking a car with a baseball bat or a club in anger and frustration. We see several shadowed and masked figures kicking someone on the ground and we hear thuds. A teen girl becomes angry when performing in a talent show and threatens the audience with "I'll burn the place down."
 A man walks through a house as the alarm rings and finds a woman dead in her bathtub; we see a limp arm hanging over the side of the tub and her head turned to the side.
 Police officers confront a woman who has gained entrance to another woman's apartment under false pretenses. A woman reaches into her purse and pulls out her hand in an obscene gesture and uses the finger to pantomime applying lipstick while looking at a man across from her. A man is insulting to another man wearing a monkey suit and dancing around on a boardwalk. A police officer threatens a man and a woman.
 We hear a news report that a woman was found dead in her bathtub and we later hear that she was electrocuted. We see a video of a man telling a woman to "Get rid of them or you are going to end up dead." A woman tells someone on the phone that their work would not include "shooting the [mild obscenity deleted]." We hear that a woman on a boat fell overboard and drowned. We hear that a woman's dead body was weighted with a ship's anchor and dropped into the ocean. A woman says that a man would become famous for killing someone. A woman makes a remark about another woman revealing that the first woman's father was a pedophile. A woman talks about another woman having been found barely breathing and then later she was dead. A man talks about having bone fragments in his orbital socket (jokingly). A man jokes about waiting for a head coach to die so that he can have his job. Jokes are made about a woman's job being "clubbing baby seals". We see a man wrestling with a pair of "skinny jeans" while trying to put them on. A woman's voiceover explains that her best friend was murdered when she was 15 and the only way to get over the pain was to try to find her killer. We hear a number of voices saying, "I need your help" during opening credits. A woman's voiceover says, "Kids can be cruel" referring to teenagers. A man talks about a video of Nazis looking at a pile of human skulls. A reference is made to someone having a bowel movement in a friend's cat box. A man makes a comments about a woman "blowing chunks" over the side of a boat.
 A woman opens a box that contains a taser and fake I.D.s. A man opens the door to a woman and belches loudly.

PROFANITY 5 - About 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, a woman says "effing" and "effidy," 16 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 1 line drawing of male genitals, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (marshmallow, compulsive, addictive, perv, punk, personality, surly, celebrity, gossip, shyster, clown, lazy, venal, insane, corrupt, crazy, junky, joke, gross, pedophile, stupid, skeazy, nosey, strange, sexual shark-nado, Lucifer, loser, no-class, crazy [anatomical term deleted] murderer), exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Oh My God, God, Thank God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man tells people in the room not to eat the brownies unless they want to take a strange trip as he puts one in his mouth, a woman talks about a man always having the best drugs, a man is shown holding a bong, and a reference is made to a woman "getting clean." Two women and a man drink beer on a front porch, people are shown drinking alcohol in a couple of bar scenes, a man pulls a flask from out of his belt and drinks from it after offering some to a woman who declines, a woman at a reunion asks, "Where's the bar?" several times, men and women drink alcoholic beverages at a house party, and a woman drinks a bottle of beer at her father's house.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Private detectives, life plans, relationships, designated drivers, drug and alcohol abuse, high school reunions, murder, drug use, corruption, disappointment, planting evidence, facts, guilt, lawyers, death penalty, adoption, blackmail.

MESSAGE - It's sometimes hard to tell where the path of your life will lead.

Special Keywords: S6 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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