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Before I Fall [2017] [PG-13] - 5.4.5

 
 

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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 dying, a young woman (Zoey Deutch) relives her last day repeatedly. Not clear about what is happening, she eventually figures out what she must do to be freed from this unending loop. Also with Halston Sage, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi, Erica Tremblay and Liv Hewson. Directed by Ry Russo-Young. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man and a young woman kiss passionately at a party, they go into a room, remove their tops (we see his bare abdomen and her bra, cleavage and abdomen), lie on a bed kissing, and he thrusts on top of her briefly. Several male and female couples kiss at a party; a couple of young women are shown straddling young men and kissing and one of them thrusts briefly.
 A young man spills his beer on his girlfriend's chest and then licks her chest and puts his hands under her top; they kiss and she pushes him away. A young man and a young woman kiss a few times and she caresses his hair. A young man seated on the floor caresses a young woman's bare leg as she stands near him (his girlfriend sees this and leaves). A young man and a young woman kiss in several scenes. Four young women hug, dance together and touch each other in several scenes (apparently not sexually); one young woman squeezes another young woman's clothed breasts. A young woman falls asleep in a young man's bed while holding his hand (he sits on the floor next to the bed).
 A young woman removes her top and changes several times with three other young women watching her (we see her bra, cleavage and bare abdomen). A young woman lifts her shirt to expose her strapless bra, cleavage and abdomen and she presses her bra-covered breasts against a car window. A young woman wears a short dress that laces across the front revealing cleavage and bare abdomen to the waist to school. A young woman wears a short dress. Several young women at a party wear low-cut and short tops that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens.
 A young woman stands very close to a male teacher and asks if she is breaking his heart; he seems uncomfortable and asks her to sit down, which she does. A young woman talks about having been too drunk to remember her first sexual encounter. A young woman says that her boyfriend told her that he made his bed for her (implying impending sex). Four young women talk about one of them being a virgin and that she has apparently arranged to have sex with her long-time boyfriend (in several scenes). A young woman says, "I can't believe I'm single on Cupid Day." A young woman gives another young woman a condom and says, "No glove, no love," and another young woman later talks about a young woman getting an "STD." A young woman asks another young woman why she and her friends hate her and determines that it is because she is gay. Four young women talk about a young woman's girlfriend dumping her. A teacher discussing Greek history mentions Sisyphus and says that it is not a sexually transmitted disease.
 A Cupid Day celebration is shown at a high school and many roses are delivered to people with personal messages attached.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young woman runs into a road in front of an oncoming truck, another young woman runs after her, shoves her out of the was and she is struck by the truck (we see the young woman lying dead on the road with blood on her face). A young woman chases another young woman into foggy woods and calls out to her; they argue briefly and one young woman runs into a road where she is struck by a car (we see her lying on the ground from a distance and do not see blood but understand that she is dead), and the car flips several times. A young woman who appears to be drunk drives a car with three other young women; she swerves and nearly runs into an oncoming truck, and then the car flips and rolls several times (we do not see the people in the car after).
 We hear that a young woman is dead and that she killed herself (we do not hear any details). A young woman yells at another young woman at a party, they exchange insults and one lunges at the other; she is pulled away and several people pour cups of beer on her before she runs out of the party and into the woods. A young man talks about his father having died when he was young and that when a boy at school bullied him for crying a young woman shoved mash potatoes in his face. A young woman is dismissive toward her mother and tells her to, "Go Away"; we see a line of nail polish painted on the floor at the doorway to her room and understand that her mother won't cross it. A young woman yells at her parents and her younger sister.
 Four young women bully another young woman in several scenes; they call her names as she passes them and they tease her. A young woman talks about another young woman having urinated in her sleeping bag at camp. A young woman mocks another young woman about her father having left the family. A young woman asks another young woman why she and her friends hate her and determines that it is because she is gay. A young woman is dismissive to her younger sister and yells at her several times. A young woman tells another young woman, "I will kill you in your sleep" several times. A young man talks about a young woman having jumped out of a tree and that she sprained her ankle when they were younger. A young woman talks about another young woman TPing a boy's house after he said that she was a bad kisser. A young woman says, "I can't be fixed."
 A young man tells a young woman, "Your boyfriend is throwing up in my sink." We hear that someone is "Puking in the kitchen sink." A young man spills his beer on his girlfriend's chest (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word and 1 possible F-word during a fight, 10 sexual references, 2 sexual gestures, 15 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 22 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (sexy, psycho, sociopath, loser, gross, pathetic, freak, sexy lady, hot, weirdo, insane, stupid), exclamations (jeez), 1 religious profanity (GD), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Oh God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Many high school aged young men and young women are shown drinking at a party in several scenes and some appear to be drunk and we see at least one driving.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - High school, popular girls, bullying, death of a parent or friend, drunk driving, teen suicide, protected sex, priorities, chaos, friendship, divorce, being a good person, dealing with grief.

MESSAGE - Being a decent person can change your life and the lives of the people around you.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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