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Young Adult [2011] [R] - 5.3.6



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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 successful but depressed woman (Charlize Theron) is convinced that her ex-boyfriend wants her back in his life when she receives an invitation to a party for his newborn child. She makes her way back to her hometown, where she belittles everyone she encounters and behaves like a spoiled celebrity. Also with Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe, Josh Brolin, Jill Eikenberry, Richard Bekins and Mary Beth Hurt. Directed by Jason Reitman. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman takes off her dress in front of a man (we see her wearing panties, sheer panty hose and breast pads), she asks the man for his shirt and he removes it (we see him bare-chested), he then removes his pants (we see him wearing boxers), they hug and lie back on a bed; they kiss, he lies on top of her and sex is implied. A woman wakes up in bed with a sleeping man's arm across her (we see his bare back) and it is implied that they had sex. A woman wakes up in bed with a sleeping man draped across her (we see his bare back and arm and she is wearing a T-shirt) and sex is implied.
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut and tight-fitting dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and back. A woman reaches under her T-shirt and pulls off stick-on breast pads (she makes a face as they pull off) and we see her holding one of the pads in her hand.
 A woman and a married man hug, the woman tries to kiss the man, and he pushes her away and tells her to stop and leave. A woman kisses a married man and they are interrupted. A husband and his wife kiss and hug in a few scenes. A woman tries several times to seduce a married man and they are interrupted. A married man and a woman hug in several scenes and the woman snuggles against the man's neck.
 A woman talks to a man about the first time she performed oral sex on him. A woman asks a man how his genitals are and asks, "Does it work?" after he had been brutally beaten when he was younger. A young woman says, "We have chemistry" when describing her relationship with her boyfriend. A woman tells a married man's wife, "I used to sleep in his T-shirt and boxers." A woman says, "I'm here to get him back" speaking about her ex-boyfriend, and that "Love conquers all." A woman asks a man, "Do you ever make girl dolls?" when the man talks about reconfiguring action figures. A woman says, "My old flame and I might re-connect" and "His wife hasn't seen me for a while." A woman talks about having been with a few different guys in a wooded area behind a school when she was younger (sex is implied). A man talks about sex being difficult because of injuries from a beating. A band's name is "Nipple Confusion."
 A woman wears a T-shirt that says "Breeders" and it has what looks like a nude person on it (it isn't really clear, but it looks like a flesh-toned human body with no real details).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man talks about having been brutally beaten by high school football players who thought he was gay; he describes that they shattered his legs and crushed his genitals and head using a crow bar (we see the man using a brace and cane to walk throughout the movie and the incident is discussed again later).
 A woman talks about having had a miscarriage when she was in high school. A man and a woman talk about a man having been in a car accident when he was younger and that he got so much attention after he ended up in a wheelchair. A woman yells at many people gathered at a party and insults them. A man and a woman argue over a book in a bookstore when she tries to sign it. A woman tells a man, "I've got baggage too." A woman talks about her "failed marriage." A woman talks about people living in her town and says, "They're nothing, they might as well die."
 A woman drives her car into a light pole after drinking a lot (she is not injured but we see her car with a crumpled front end in the morning). A woman spills a pitcher of liquid on another woman's blouse and the woman screams at her and calls her names while many other people watch and listen. A woman is condescending and arrogant and belittles and insults many people throughout the movie.
 We see a man's badly scarred and misshaped leg (from a brutal beating). A woman has a pedicure and we see her toes and feet being clipped and filed and snipped in a close-up, a woman has a manicure and we see her fingers and cuticles being trimmed and snipped in close-up and a woman plucks hairs out of her head and places them on a table (we see a small reddened patch of scalp and it appears to be a compulsive behavior).
 A woman drinks a lot of alcohol then eats a lot of fast food. A woman spits into a printer cartridge to rejuvenate the ink and then prints a picture with it. A woman burps after drinking from a large bottle of soda.

PROFANITY 6 - About 13 F-words, 1 mouthed F-word, 4 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (gross, fat guy, creepy, dark, terrible, boring, fat geek, zombie, weirdo, inconsiderate, mentally, prom queen, psychotic, low hanging fruit, cripple, normal, popular cripple, piece of work, dumb, loser), 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman inhales deeply from an Elmer's glue bottle. A woman lies face down and fully clothed on a bed (presumably passed out after a night of heavy drinking) in several scenes throughout the movie, we see an empty vodka bottle and a partially empty wine bottle on a woman's nightstand, a woman takes a large drink of an alcoholic drink at a restaurant, a woman drinks a lot after being rejected, a woman drinks several alcoholic drinks in quick succession and a man says, "Take that liver," a man stumbles after drinking a lot in a bar, a woman orders a beer in a restaurant, people drink alcohol in a bar, a woman says, "I might be an alcoholic" and her parents scoff, a man refers to beers as "mind erasers," people drink many shots of alcohol in a bar, a man and a woman drink from a bottle of liquor in a wooded area behind a school, a man has a distillery set up in his garage and shares samples of bourbon with a woman that gulps it down, a woman drinks a lot of alcohol then eats a lot of fast food, a woman drinks several shots at a party, a woman drives her car into a light pole after drinking a lot, and a woman says ,"I was tired and drunk."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Self-esteem, hate crimes, gay bashing, marriage, divorce, high school sweethearts, commitment, parenting, infidelity, seduction, passion, loneliness, miscarriages.

MESSAGE - You can never go home. Some people never change. Being happy can be difficult.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P6 - MPAAR

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