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Wish Upon [2017] [PG-13] - 3.7.5



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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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A teenage girl (Joey King) is given a strange box that seems to grant wishes, but she quickly discovers that it came with repercussions. Also with Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Röhm, Josephine Langford, Alexander Nunez, Daniela Barbosa, Kevin Hanchard and Sherilyn Fenn. Directed by John R. Leonetti. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - We see several cell phone pictures of a teen boy and a teen girl kissing and hugging; a couple show his bare chest and abdomen and her wearing a bikini top that reveals cleavage and bare abdomen. An elderly man steps into a bathtub and we see his and chest (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), and then his bare back and a buttock in profile. A teen girl wears crop tops that reveal her bare abdomen in a few scenes. A teen girl wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately in a car. A teen girl kisses a teen boy. A teen boy holds a teen girl's hand and they kiss and hug. Teen boys and teen girls dance at a party. A teen boy and a teen girl talk close to each other and seem flirty. A teen girl calls her friend's father "hot sauce" as she watches him play saxophone. A teen boy asks a teen girl, "Have we done it?" and she says, "Not yet."

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A young girl hears her mother crying in an attic room and when she opens the door we see the woman kick away a stool and she drops, hanging by the neck (the young girl screams). A teen girl looks for her dog and climbs under a porch when she hears noises coming from there; she finds her dog dead with its intestines out and rats crawling on the carcass (we see bloody tissue in a pile around the dog's abdomen and rats falling from the porch onto the dog). A woman puts her hand into a disposal a few times and comes close to switching it on accidentally; the burners on her stove go out and gas escapes (she turns the burners off), she leans over the disposal and her long braid becomes entangled in the spinning blades; she struggles to reach the switch and her neck is snapped (we see her feet go limp and later see her leaning backward over the sink dead with what look like tear marks on her forehead from the skin being pulled violently). An elderly man slips in a bathtub, falls and hits his head (we see blood on the tub and it fills the tub water), then sits up and hits his forehead on the faucet (we see a bloody gouge) and he floats dead in the water. A woman stands on a fire escape during an electrical storm and drops her phone when she is startled by a lightning flash; when she walks through her darkened apartment, she trips on a rug and falls onto the pointed horns of a statue (we hear a crunch and see her hanging dead with the horn through her head). A teen girl is trapped in an elevator and it careens to the ground spraying shattered glass everywhere and we see the girl dead with blood and glass shards in and around her abdomen. A man with a chain saw in a tree falls off a ladder and swings the saw around to accidentally cut the head off another man on the ground (we see blood spray on a teen girl's face and chest. A teen girl is struck by a car, thrown through the air into another car and we see her lying motionless on the shattered windshield with bloody cuts on her face, dead. A teen girl pulls away a knee sock to see that her flesh is blackened and rotting, and then looks in the mirror to see that half her faces is also blackened and rotting as she screams; we hear that the girl is in ICU and that she might lose part of her foot and leg. A teen boy drags a sharp knife along his wrist in an attempt to kill himself (we see blood and then see the boy on a stretcher being taken away by EMTs).
 Two teen girls argue over a box and struggle over it; one girl falls down a flight of stairs (she is alive but motionless). A large flaming statue tips over toward two teen girls who jump out of the way and are unharmed. A teen girl on a bike swerves to avoid an oncoming car; the car honks and the occupants yell at the girl as she crashes into garbage cans (we see the girl has a bloody knee when she gets up). A car tire blows when a man is driving and he swerves to a stop; two other cars racing on the road nearly hit him while he is changing the tire, the jack teeters as he climbs under the car for a lug nut, and the spare tire rolls into the road and is struck by an oncoming car that throws it through the air toward the man (no one is harmed). A teen girl bumps into a revolving door. A teen girl slaps another teen girl in the face, the second girl slaps her back, the first shoves the other and they wrestle on a table and the floor before being pulled apart by a teacher and another student (one girl is shown with scratches on her cheek). A teen girl chases someone that she sees on her balcony at night (she does not catch them). A teen boy shoves another teen boy when he makes a sexual remark to a teen girl. A teen girl has several nightmares about her mother's suicide, seeing herself hanging the same way that her mother was, a magic box opening and closing, and wakes in a start.
 A teen girl yells at her father in a few scenes about embarrassing her when he digs through dumpsters for things. A teen girl yells at another teen girl about the death of their friend. A teen girl trips over curtain rods in a hallway and yells at her father for collecting too many things. A teen girl talks about killing things in a game on her phone in a few scenes and we see her screen with monsters that she dispatches and they disintegrate or fall to the ground. A teen girl wishes that another teen girl would, "Go rot." A teen boy breaks up with a teen girl and she is upset. People talk about the Bubonic Plague and that a girl and her family were quarantined in a train car where her family died and she sought revenge. People talk about a demon spirit. We hear that a woman committed suicide by opium. People talk about a "blood price." A teen girl yells at a teen boy for stalking her and breaks up with him. We see a photo of a man after having committed suicide by gunshot (we do not see blood). We hear that a man's two daughters drown and that his wife died in a car accident before he committed suicide by locking himself in his house, after setting it ablaze (we see a house in flames and later see the charred remains of the house). People talk about a demon claiming people's souls.
 A magical box opens by itself and plays music, and then closes and locks itself again in several scenes.
 A teen girl throws a cup into the garbage and it splatters on another teen girl's sweater (we see goo). A teen girl throws a drink into a garbage can and liquid splatters onto a banner that another teen girl is hanging up (we see goo on banner). A woman puts something wrapped in a tarp in a garbage can and a dog looks at the can quizzically. We see a teen girl with a facial mask that looks goopy.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 2 obscene hand gestures, 7 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (embarrassing, selfish, McFarts, stupid, dumpster daddy, garbage girl, messed up, crazy, psycho, gross, nobody, haters, smegma), 16 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Oh God, Oh My God, God, Holy [anatomical term deleted]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men open beer cans and we see several empty cans on a table between them.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Suicide, death of a parent, witnessing the death of a parent, dark forces, wishes, luck, bullying, fitting in, being different, difficult childhoods, secrets, hate, coincidence, peer pressure.

MESSAGE - Be careful what you wish for.

Special Keywords: S3 - V7 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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