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Love, Simon [2018] [PG-13] - 4.2.5

 
 

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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 teen boy (Nick Robinson) has a great family and friends, but he hasn't told them that he's gay. He struggles with when and how to tell them but when he is outed, he realizes that he can no longer come out on his own terms. Also with Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Keiynan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Logan Miller and Tony Hale. Directed by Greg Berlanti. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A teen boy and a teen girl kiss for an extended period of time during a high school play practice. Two teen boys kiss romantically on a Ferris wheel several times. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss romantically outside a school in a couple of scenes. A husband and his wife kiss romantically in a few scenes. A teen boy opens a bedroom door and finds a teen boy and a teen girl kissing on a bed. Two teen boys kiss hello in a car. A husband and his wife flirt and kiss in a few scenes.
 A teen boy imagines standing under mistletoe and leaning toward another teen boy to kiss (they don't kiss). Two teen boys pantomime anal sex while standing on a cafeteria table and mocking two gay teen boys.
 Teens dance together at a school dance. A teen boy and a teen girl sleep in the same room in different beds after the girl talks about how she thinks that she will love someone. A teen boy fantasizes about other teen boys that he thinks might also be gay (by smiling at each other).
 A teen girl tells a teen boy, "I'm falling in love with you," and the boy runs to the bathroom. A teacher accuses a teen boy of pretending that a trumpet he is holding is his penis. A husband says, "We like to have sex" about his wife, and his children say, "Gross." A teen boy talks about another teen coming out. A teen boy talks about having dreams about Daniel Radcliffe when he was younger. A man tells his family, "That guy is clearly gay." A teen boy admires a young man working outside his window and awkwardly tries to talk to him later. A man enters his teen son's room and makes a remark about interrupting his masturbating. A teen boy describes his father as "handsome" and his mother as "hot" in a couple of scenes. A man says of a woman, "She doesn't like men." A reference is made to sexual awakening. A teen boy types in an e-mail, "I can't stop thinking about you," to another teen boy. A teen boy tells another teen boy, "My brother is gay." A teen boy says, "I've only had sex once," and uses some descriptive language about what happened. A teen boy talks about a teen girl's boyfriend being older and experienced. A teen girl talks about wishing she could be the type to "Take a few shots and hook up with whoever is closest." A teen boy imagines a scenario where heterosexuality is not the default and the reaction of parents being told that their children are heterosexual. A teen boy mocks two other teen boys' genital size. When a teen boy says that he has something to tell his family, his father says, "You got someone pregnant," and he then asks, "Which one of your old girlfriends turned you?" A teen boy yells at his younger sister about his being gay and she cries and leaves the room. A teen boy tells at teen girl, "I broke up with you because you don't look like a guy." A woman yells at two teen boys, takes their phones from them and tells them she is going to sell them and use the money to get her tubes tied.
 A teen girl wears a Wonder Woman costume that reveals bare shoulders, cleavage, back and bare thighs to the hips. A teen boy wears a Speedo swimsuit and dances while singing karaoke at a party (we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs). A teen boy is shown with a towel wrapped around his waist (we see his bare shoulders, abdomen and chest). Cheerleaders wear short skirts that reveal bare legs to the hips. Cabaret costumes for a high school play reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and legs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A teen boy yells at another teen boy in a parking lot, gets in his car and pounds on the steering wheel in anger.
 A teen boy wrestles a microphone from a singer on a football field and confesses his love to a teen girl in the stands (she does not feel the same way about him and several teens in the stands mock the boy as he runs off the field). A gay teen is mocked by bullies in several scenes. Three teenage friends confront a teen boy about his lying to them and manipulating them.
 A woman yells at two teen boys, takes their phones from them and tells them she is going to sell them and use the money to get her tubes tied. A high school administrator takes cell phones away from people if he sees them texting in the hallway.
 We hear that a teen boy took screenshots of another teen boy's emails from a school computer to blackmail him. A teen boy tells another teen boy that he is going to tell everyone that the other boy is gay if he doesn't help him with a girl. A teen girl talks about her father cheating on her mother and drinking too much. A character makes a comment about imagining hacking someone up with a machete. A man makes a comment about his cat being murdered (he does not have a cat). A teen boy talks about his aunt's boyfriend taking off with her car and her jewelry. A teen boy says, "Punch me." A teen boy talks about another teen boy eating poison ivy. A young girl tells her father to be quiet using an obscenity.
 A teen boy yelps when he gets a paper cut. A teen boy and a teen girl stumble along a sidewalk to get home after the teen boy drank a lot at a party. Theater costumes for a high school play include Nazi uniforms and swastikas on arm bands.
 A teen boy vomits on another teen boy's shirt and jacket after drinking too much (we see the splatter and later see chunks on the teen's shoes when his dog licks them). A man spits out a mouthful of food (we do not see the goo). Teens throw food across lunch tables in a school cafeteria. A teen girl holds up a press-on nail and says that she found it in her salad.

LANGUAGE 5 - About 4 F-words (2 are not fully enunciated), 3 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (closeted gay kid, gross, wacko, train wreck, Nazis, baby carrot, buzz kill, liberal, sweaty hormonal, drag queen, inanely stupid, cruel, Blewish [Black and Jewish], micro penis, that other gay kid), 9 religious profanities (GD), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, God Forbid, God Help Me, Oh God, Oh My God, I Swear To God, God).

SUBSTANCE USE - A teen boy texts his mother and says that people are drinking alcohol and can she come pick him up, teens do shots of liquor at a party, a teen chugs a cup of liquor (or beer), a teen boy and a teen girl stumble along a sidewalk to get home after the teen boy drank a lot at a party, and a teen boy talks about drinking too much ice coffee.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friends, family, homosexuality, heterosexuality, Bill Cosby, dream analysis, blackmail, high school, bullying, love, divorce, alcoholism, tolerance, intolerance, gender, hate crimes.

MESSAGE - The freedom to love the person you love should not be limited only to heterosexual people.

Special Keywords: S4 - V2 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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