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Big Time Adolescence | 2020 | R | – 5.4.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Big Time Adolescence” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “drug content, alcohol use, pervasive language, and sexual references

 – all involving teens.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes one sex scene and an implied sex scene, a few kissing scenes, discussions of sex, and several scenes of young women and teen girls wearing cleavage-revealing outfits; a car accident after teens use drugs while driving (without injuries), a couple of physical altercations without visible injuries, several arguments, police interactions with teens about using drugs and alcohol, selling drugs at high school house parties, and several scenes of teens using drugs and drinking alcohol; and over 115 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


A 16-year-old’s (Griffin Gluck) best friend is a likable 23-year-old (Pete Davidson), who has no life aspirations besides having a good time by partying, getting drunk and getting high. Also with Sydney Sweeney, Jon Cryer, Machine Gun Kelly, Thomas Barbusca, Oona Laurence and Emily Arlook. Directed by Jason Orley. [Running Time: 1:31]

Big Time Adolescence SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A young man and a young woman (she’s his former girlfriend and is now in a relationship with another man) have sex in a car and we see the car moving briefly from a distance; the young man is shown shirtless (we see his bare chest and abdomen) and the young woman is seen wearing a bra (her cleavage and bare abdomen are seen). A teen boy goes to a young woman’s house and we see her dressing in another room (we see her partial bare buttocks, cleavage, bare abdomen and underwear); the young woman pushes the teen boy onto her bed and they kiss and it is implied that they have sex.
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss after a date. A young man moves toward a young woman to kiss her and she blocks him. A teen boy moves toward a teen girl to kiss her and she blocks him. A teen boy watches a young woman (a young man’s girlfriend) as she bends over wearing a pair of short shorts (we see her bare legs to the upper thighs).
 A teen boy tells a young man that he had sex with the young man’s ex-girlfriend. A teen girl asks a teen boy if he has ever had sex on the drug Molly. A young man talks to a teen boy about sex and how to prepare for it. A teen boy talks about being desperate to have sex. A teen boy talks about hanging out with a young man and that he showed him a “picture of a naked girl.” A young man talks about a teen boy’s sister having moved in with her boyfriend. A young man gives a teen boy advice about how to attract a teen girl. A young woman wears an off the shoulder sweater. A teen boy describes his first kiss to a few young men that tease him and call him, “Tongue Daddy.” A teen boy asks another teen boy to bring condoms to a party. A young man and a young woman argue. A teen boy is shown with a fresh tattoo on his chest that reads “Tongue Daddy.”
 Several young women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. Teen boys and teen girls attend a “Pimp and Hos Party” wearing costumes that reveal cleavage and bare legs on the young women. A teen girl wears a dress that reveals cleavage. A young man is shown shirtless and wearing boxers (we see his bare back, chest and abdomen.


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Big Time Adolescence VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – Several teens are in a car while one of them drives and they share a marijuana cigarette until the driver drifts across the center line and swerves to avoid an oncoming car; he drives off the road and the car is immobilized (no one is injured). A man lunges for, hits and tackles a young man and yells at him to leave his teen son and his family alone. A teen boy slaps a young man in the face and the young man lunges at him (they do not fight). A teen boy hits another teen boy in the crotch and he falls to his knees moaning. A teen boy is taken out of a classroom by the principal and a police officer.
 Police break up a house party where teens are using drugs and drinking alcohol; one teen runs from the party and jumps from a roof into a swimming pool, he is pulled out of the pool by a young man and they escape as they are chased by a police officer. A man confronts his teen son about being under the influence when he comes home for a family gathering. A young man convinces a teen boy to sell marijuana to his high school friends. A teen girl confronts a young man for cheating on her; she yells at him and breaks up with him. A man confronts a young man about what he is doing with the man’s teenage son and that his job is to protect him. A teen boy talks about hanging out with a young man and that he always made him feel cool; he says that the young man, “Let me taste beer,” and showed him a “picture of a naked girl.” Two young men yell at a young woman when she doesn’t play a video game correctly. A young man talks about a friend of his and says, “We found him in a dumpster.” A young man and a young woman argue. A teen boy is shown with a fresh tattoo on his chest that reads “Tongue Daddy.” A teen boy sneaks out of his house and climbs out of his window and onto a roof before jumping to the ground below. A young woman yells at a young man and walks out on him. A teen girl yells at a teen boy for not texting her. A police officer questions a teen boy as to where he got the alcohol and marijuana that they found in his car. A young woman confronts a young man for messing with her younger brother’s life. We hear that a teen boy was expelled from school and ordered to perform community service after having been caught selling drugs.
 A teen boy vomits in a school bathroom and we hear gagging before we see goo in the toilet and on the boy’s face. A teen boy urinates in a urinal (we do not see or hear anything). A young man spits on his own floor (we see a glob of goo). We hear that a teen boy must provide regular urine samples for drug testing (we see a specimen cup filled with urine).


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Big Time Adolescence LANGUAGE 10

 – About 116 F-words and its derivatives (1 not fully enunciated and a few in song lyrics), 2 obscene hand gestures, 6 sexual references, 28 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (small, tool, creepy, sketchy, fire-crotch, insane, weird, sick, idiot, cowards, sidekicks, ugly, gross, little homie, slim shady, bad, quitter, stupid, mean, drug dealer, loser, pimps and hos, “Tongue Daddy”), exclamations (shut-up, freak out, piece of meat, my gosh, legends), 2 religious profanities (GD), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Jesus, Satan, Oh My God, God Knows What, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted], Holy [F-word deleted], Oh Thank God, we see several stylized pictures/paintings of representations of angels and god-like figures in a classroom). | profanity glossary |


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Big Time Adolescence SUBSTANCE USE

 – A teen boy sells marijuana to other teens at a high school house party in several scenes, teen boy smokes marijuana from a pipe at a beach party, people smoke marijuana cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie, a teen girl asks a teen boy to get her a Molly, two young men smoke a large marijuana cigarette in a car and close all the windows to collect the smoke inside (we later see a teen boy that was in the car with them and he seems quite high), a young man snorts cocaine from a sink in a public bathroom, several teens are in a car while one of them drives and they share a marijuana cigarette (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a teen boy is shown with a sprinkle of cocaine on his fake mustache, a young man rolls a marijuana cigarette and we see paraphernalia spread on a table, and a teen boy says, “I’m blazed.” A teen boy supplies liquor to a house party in a couple of scenes, a young man pours two glasses of liquor and gives one to a young woman as they sit on a sofa together, a teen boy drinks a beverage mixed with several liquors and a drug, teens are shown gathered on a beach and drinking beer, a teen boy talks about hanging out with a young man and that he “Let me taste beer,” a young man and a teen boy go to a bar where we see people drinking beer and the boy uses a straw to take a sip from his friend’s beer, a teen boy asks another teen boy to get him alcohol for a party in a few scenes, a man drinks from a glass of wine, several people are shown with large containers of beer taped to their hands and two young men talk about either urinating on themselves or spilling beer on their pants, several people hold and drink from glasses of wine at a gathering in a house, people are shown drinking in a bar, and a young man and a teen boy drink alcohol in a parking lot before getting in a car and driving away. A young man smokes a cigarette on a porch, a young man smokes a cigarette in a car, and a young man smokes cigarettes in several scenes throughout the movie.


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Big Time Adolescence DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Drug dealing, growing up, life choices, parenting, mistakes, risky behavior, hapless, aimless, lack of ambition, lack of purpose, friendship.

Big Time Adolescence MESSAGE

 – Destructive advice is more seductive when initiated by a likable adult, especially when it involves drugs.

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