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Happy Death Day [2017] [PG-13] - 4.6.5



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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 college student (Jessica Rothe) wakes up on her birthday in the room of a young man (Israel Broussard) after a night of drinking. Before the end of the day she is murdered by a person in a mask and wakes up again in the same room, only to relive her murder over and over, in different ways, as she tries to identify her killer. Also with Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Jason Bayle and Phi Vu. Directed by Christopher Landon. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A fully nude young woman walks through a college campus and people gawk and stare at her (we see her bare back including buttocks). A young woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage and the top of her bra. A young woman wears a sports bra and leggings that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen and the outline of her hips and legs. A young woman wears a short dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs.
 A young woman kisses a man (he's her married professor) and pulls his shirt open as he protests and they are interrupted by his wife who's at the door. A young woman kisses a young man. A young man and a young woman play fight, fall into a bed and kiss.
 A young woman wakes up in a young man's dorm room and she is seen wearing a T-shirt and underwear (we see her bare legs to the hips); when she removes the T-shirt we see her wearing a bra that reveals cleavage and bare abdomen (the young man is fully dressed and we learn later that no sex occurred).
 A young man invites a young woman to stay with him in his dorm room and she smiles. A young man with a laptop on his lap and a box of tissues next to him is interrupted and we see two men kissing passionately on the screen (masturbation is implied). A young woman looks at a professor and they exchange a glance that implies that they are in a relationship. A young woman flirts with a young man and he makes advances toward another young woman. A man talks to a young woman (she his student) about not falling in love with him (they are interrupted by his wife at the office door). A young woman follows a young man to his room. A young woman spanks a young man on the clothed buttock.
 A young woman talks about kissing another young woman's boyfriend in front of her. A young woman makes a derogatory remark about the size of a young man's genitals. A young woman explains "déjà vu" using sexual terms. A young woman says of a young man, "I'm gonna have his babies."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A person wearing a mask throws a young woman on a bed, straddles her (another young man opens the door and she screams for help, but he leaves), and breaks a glass bong that he uses to stab her as she screams. A young man is stabbed in the stomach several times (we see him bloody and lying on the floor later and blood is shown on the knife blade). A young woman walks alone down a dark staircase and through a tunnel and sees a person wearing a mask behind her; she yells at the person, the person leaves and the young woman keeps walking until the person jumps toward her with a knife, she runs and falls in a construction sand pit and the person with the knife stands over her and stabs her as she screams (she wakes up at the start of the same day). A man is stabbed in the back and a young woman runs away, steals a car and speeds away; she is pulled over by a police officer and the officer is struck by a speeding car (we see the man's twisted body on the ground) that stops and the driver ignites a trail of gasoline that blows the car with the young woman in it up. A young woman nails her windows shut and blocks her doors to protect herself from a killer; a person wearing a mask approaches from behind her and she hits the person with a hammer, tries to get out of the room, but she is stabbed (we see the bloody blade stab through the door). A young woman is killed by drowning. A young woman is struck in the head with a bat and she falls dead.
 A young woman breaks a glass panel with her elbow and removes an ax from inside; she enters a hospital room to find blood splattered inside and a police officer dead on the floor with a knife in his back; a man inside the room takes the officer's gun and shoots a woman in the chest (we see blood spurt) as the young woman runs away and a young man tackles the gunman, who then breaks the young man's neck and chases the young woman until she hits him in the head with a crowbar and climbs stairs in a tower where she hangs herself (we see her fall with a rope around her neck and see her jerked back at the end of the rope). A young woman holds a knife to the throat of a police officer and takes his gun before telling him to go for help; she goes into a room where a man is strapped to a hospital bed, she pulls the trigger of the gun and it does not discharge, he gets out of bed, slams the young woman against a wall, holds a knife to her throat, he slams her into a glass case that shatters (we see her with a bloody mouth and cuts on her head), the lights go out and when they come back the young woman shoots the man a few times and he falls against a wall dead (blood is seen on his clothes, the floor and the wall).
 Two young women fight with punches and shoving, one throws a lamp at the other, one slams the other's head against the floor several times, one is kicked out of a window and we see her twisted on the ground with blood pooling under her. A young woman shoves a cupcake in another person's mouth and we understand that it contains poison. A young woman wakes up in a hospital bed and hyperventilates when she thinks a killer is in her room. A young woman wakes up screaming in several scenes and runs through a campus in terror. A young woman punches a young man wearing a mask in the face and he falls to the floor (we see him later with no injuries). A young woman hits another young woman in the head with a bat. A young man bumps into a young woman carrying a food tray and she spills her food on another young woman (we see chocolate milk stains on her clothing). A young woman pours a cup of chocolate milk on another young woman's head and she stomps away yelling. A young woman becomes dizzy and collapses in a young man's arms (we see her in the hospital later).
 A young woman ends a relationship with an older married man and he yells after her that she should not expect to coast by in his class any longer. A young man confronts a young woman about not responding to his texts (she is dismissive and this happens several times). A young woman gives another young woman a hard time about the food that she is eating (this happens several times). A young woman is dismissive when another young woman asks her to sign a petition to stop global warming (we see this several times). A man makes a gesture with his hand that implies that a young woman is "crazy." We hear a news report of a serial murderer escaping from custody. A young woman signs and speaks in a mocking voice (making fun of hearing impaired people). A young woman says, "I feel like I'm losing my mind." A doctor tells a young woman that she should be dead from all the trauma he sees in her X-rays. A young man talks about not being close to his father. A young woman talks about her mother having died. A young woman screams, "I killed him." A young woman accuses another person of poisoning a cupcake and they argue.
 A young man and a young woman are caught in the spray of sprinklers (we see this several times). A young man collapses on the ground while singing "26 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" (we see this several times). A young woman throws her phone in a few scenes. A young man and a young woman play fight and falls back onto a bed (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). The lights go out several times in different settings (we hear they are rolling blackouts).
 A young woman says that another young woman was "barfing pretzel chunks" at a party. A young woman throws a cupcake away in front of the other young woman who made it for her and says, "Too many carbs." A young man tells a young woman, "I was afraid you were going to choke on your own vomit." A young woman says that she spit on an Uber driver. A young woman tells a young man, "Stop looking at me like I took a dump on your mom's head." A young woman wakes up vomiting (we see goo leave her mouth). A young woman flatulates and burps loudly in a restaurant. A young woman eats a handful of French fries as others look on in disgust.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 10 sexual references, 14 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (whore, fat fest, chunker, stupid, boring, mystery guy, crazy, losers, weirdo, heifers, jerk, freak, clumsy hos, tool, lame, cheap slut, selfish, loser, a mess, dumb, space [mild obscenity deleted]), exclamations (shut-up), 15 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Oh My God, Oh God, I Swear to God, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young woman tells a police officer that she is drunk and high on weed and pills, We see a large bong in a young man's room, a young woman asks another young woman if she is high, a young woman asks for and takes a couple of Tylenol tablets, and a young woman takes a handful of Tylenol tablets. Young men and young women are shown drinking alcoholic beverages in several party scenes, and we hear about young people drinking to excess in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Grief, death of a parent, birthdays, being a bad person, infidelity, sororities, serial killers, judging people, climate change, homosexuality, love, karma, déjà vu.

MESSAGE - Having the chance to relive your life and change yourself for the better is a gift.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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