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Young @ Heart [2007] [PG] - 3.3.3



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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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Documentary on the Young at Heart Chorus, a senior choir in Northampton, Maine. With an average age of 81, the choir is best known for their unexpected performances of songs by such artists as James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, and Sonic Youth. Despite their age and various health issues, the choir members show no signs of slowing down. With Jim Armenti, William E. Arnold Jr., Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady, Bob Cilman, Elaine Fligman, Jean Florio, Len Fontaine, Stan Goldman, Eileen Hall, Jeanne Hatch, Christopher Haynes, Frederick Alexander Johnson, Donald Jones, Fred Knittle, Norma Landry, John Larareo, Patricia Larese, Miriam Leader, Patricia Linderme, Brock Lynch, Steve Martin, Joseph Mitchell, Dora B. Morrow, Gloria Parker, Liria Petrides, Ed Rehor, Bob Salvini, Steven M. Sanderson, Jack Schnepp, Janice St. Laurence and Ed Wise. Directed by Stephen Walker. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A husband and wife kiss on the lips. A woman kisses a male friend on the lips.
 A lady tells a man that he has gotten her "excited." A man talks of a woman being the recipient of his "sexual activities." A woman tells a man that she will give him whatever he wants. An elderly woman is known for her "striptease" and when asked about her past life, she makes several sexual references to being able to handle 3-4 men. A man says he has a condition caused by years of carousing. A woman tells a man not to worry because she will not start taking her clothes off. A veiled sexual reference is made to "seniors behaving badly." A man refers to his wife as his "squeeze."
 We see a man standing with his hand in his pants (he is in a background shot, but can still be seen).
 We see a woman wearing a low cut blouse and we see cleavage. We see girls dancing in halter-tops and shirts that hang off one shoulder. We see a man taking a shower (his bare chest is visible and he is wearing a pair of shorts). We see a statue of an obese man with no shirt and his stomach is large enough that we are unable to see whether he has underpants on (no nudity is shown); the statue is entitled "Sexy Beast."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two men die in the movie and we see the people emotionally dealing with their loss (crying, reminiscing, etc.)
 We see a man sitting in a hospital undergoing a blood transfusion, we see the nurse hook up the machine and we see bags of blood and blood flowing and dripping through tubes. We see hospital personnel lift a man onto a stretcher and transport him in an ambulance. We see a man lying in the hospital; he is weak and can barely speak. We see a man walking around hooked to an oxygen tank with tubes running into his nose.
 A man is told that he has cancer. A man is told that his "white blood cells" are low and that he needs a blood transfusion. A man is said to have pneumonia. A man says that another man may "pass a kidney stone." The lyrics of many of the songs involve being stoned, sedated, having purple haze in the brain, being schizophrenic, insane and out of one's mind, going to war, and having various weapons. A man says another is so tough he "chews nails and spits rust."
 A man silently gestures by slitting his throat with his finger.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 scatological term, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (culture vulture), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man acts as a bartender and pours liquor into a glass (several glasses of alcohol are sitting on the bar counter), and a man asks another man if he brought "booze" to choir rehearsal. The lyrics of many of the songs include references to being stoned, sedated, and having purple haze in the brain.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Elderly people, illness, dying, grief, age stereotypes, determination, doing what you love, practice, being able to take criticism, hard work, fear.

MESSAGE - You are never too old to pursue something you love. Don't let age stereotypes keep you from living life to its fullest.

Special Keywords: S3 - V3 - P3 - MPAAPG

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