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ATL | 2006 | PG-13 | - 6.4.5

Several young men growing up in Mechanicsville, Georgia, a working class Atlanta neighborhood, struggle to make ends meet, find love, survive on the right side of the law and prepare for a roller skating competition. With Tip "T.I." Harris, Lauren London, Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Mykelti Williamson and Keith David. Directed by Chris Robinson. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young man and a young woman kiss and caress each other while on a bed: the young man lies back on the bed, the young woman lefts his shirt and caresses his chest, and then slips her hand down toward his pants (the scene ends but it is implied that they have sex).
 A teenage boy and a teenage girl have sex in a car: we hear movement and the young woman directing him, they kiss and the scene ends.
 A young man and a young woman kiss in the hallway of school, a young man and a young woman kiss, a young man and a young woman hug, and he kisses her neck, and a young man and a young woman hug. A young man throws a kiss to a young woman.
 Young men and young women wear revealing swimsuits in a pool scene. Young women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens in many scenes.
 Young men and young women rollerskate, with some suggestive gestures (hip thrusting, etc.). Young men and woman dance close together.
 A young woman tells a young man that her "mamma's not home" and invites him over. A man asks a teenage boy if he has children. Young men make remarks about young women's buttocks. A man fills out a questionnaire for a dating service.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man holds a gun on a teenage boy, a young man interrupts them, the man shoots at the young man, they fight briefly, and the man retrieves the gun and fires again striking one of them (although wounded, he survives).
 A man punches and kicks a young man repeatedly (we see some of the blows, and then hear some more) and the young man cowers between two cars. A young man shoves and punches his teenage brother repeatedly. Three men rob a young man: they hold him around the throat and shove him to the ground. Two young women fight over a young man, and they shove each other and insult each other.
 While rollerskating a young man slips on water on the floor, another falls on top of him and several others pile on top of them (one young man hits his mouth on a wheel and we hear a crunch).
 A man pretends to shoot a teenage boy, and the boy spills chocolate milk on his shirt. A woman threatens to beat her two daughters if she finds out that they were doing something wrong. A teenage boy is arrested for selling drugs. A woman yells at her two daughters.
 Aggressive dogs bark and bare their teeth at a young man as he enters their cage to feed them.
 A man trims his toenails on a person's desk and puts the clippings around their paperwork; then he cleans between his toes, and reacts to the smell.

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LANGUAGE 5 - 3 F-words and its derivatives, 10 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, 6 derogatory term for African-Americans, 3 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A teenage boy sells drugs to his classmates. A man drinks alcohol, and men drink alcohol and smoke cigars. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, a man smokes a cigar in a few scenes, and a man offers a cigarette to a teenage boy.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dreams, goals, choices, death of parents, racism, love, relationships, opportunity, lying, shoplifting, frustration, trust, respect, regret, anger, deception, betrayal, competition, getting ahead with help, getting ahead on your own, being ashamed of where one comes from, brothers, family, Martin Luther King, civil rights movement, the draw of making fast money from drug sales.
MESSAGE - Dreams are not only for children. It's not always what you know, but whom you know.
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