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From Prada to Nada | 2011 | PG-13 | - 5.3.4

A modern, Latino twist on Jane Austen's classic "Sense and Sensibility": two spoiled sisters (Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega) are left penniless after their father dies and they must move in with their aunt in East Los Angeles and make a new life for themselves. Also with Kuno Becker, April Bowlby and Wilmer Valderrama. Directed by Angel Gracia. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We see clothing and a young woman's underwear and bra on the floor of an apartment and see a man and a woman lying side by side in bed (the man's bare chest is visible and the sheets are wrapped around the woman, implying they had sex).
 A young woman and a man kiss passionately on two occasions and the man wraps his arms around the young woman. A man and a young woman kiss passionately and are interrupted when another young woman walks in the room. A young woman and a man kiss frequently. A young woman and a man are seen lying down in the back of a car, kissing. A young woman tells a man that she would kiss him, and the man leans down and kisses the young woman as a group of children say "Oooh." A woman tries to kiss a man but he pushes her away.
 A young woman wearing a short, form-fitting dress dances with a man and the man wraps his arms around her. Throughout the movie a young woman is seen in a variety of short, form-fitting, cleavage-exposing dresses. A young woman has another young woman try on a very short, form-fitting cleavage-exposing dress. A young woman pulls down her short skirt. A woman wears an off-the-shoulder dress. A woman wears a dress with a plunging neckline and her cleavage is visible. We see a young woman wearing a bikini lying beside a pool and her bare midriff and cleavage are visible.
 A young woman offers to dance with a man and he turns her down. A young woman acts extremely interested as a man narrates a story where the male lead would come to a woman's bedroom every night. A woman implies that a young woman had used sex to gain a promotion at a job. A young woman jokes with another young woman that the young woman had never been kissed. Two young women discuss how attractive they think a man is, and joke that it does not matter if he has a girlfriend. A young woman teases another young woman, asking if a man had "slipped her the tongue." A young woman tells another young woman that she feels "naked" after trying on a skimpy dress. A young woman jokingly offers to share a bed with a man and a woman interrupts them to say that it will not happen. A woman tells two young women that their father had an affair, had gotten the woman pregnant and she had a son.
 A young woman acts disgusted when a man puts his head near the young woman's lap when he reaches into a car to pop the hood.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man collapses to the ground and moments later we see people at his funeral.
 A young woman struggles to get a car started, she pulls away in the rain, we see the headlights of another car moving toward her and hear the sound of broken glass as the two cars collide; the young woman is later seen in a hospital bed, her face bruised and wearing a neck brace, and we later see her in a wheelchair with a cast on her leg (afterward she's seen fully recovered and walking). A young woman accidentally backs her car into the front of another young woman's car and the young woman shouts at her. A young woman drives recklessly down a crowded city street, we hear a bus honk at the car and the young woman in the passenger seat tells her drive more carefully.
 Three young women approach another young woman, verbally accost her and are about to hit her until a man walks over and the young women walk away.
 A woman accidentally spills hot wax on a young woman's forehead as she lays in a coma, bruised and wearing a neck brace; the hot wax awakens the young woman. A pan on a stovetop catches fire, a young woman shouts and backs up, and the fire is put out. A pile of drywall dust and debris falls on top of a woman's head; she is unharmed but covered in dirt. A young woman rolls out of bed and hits the floor. A woman stumbles as she walks through a cemetery. A young woman flinches when a soccer ball hits the side of her car. On multiple occasions a young woman accidentally stumbles into other people or drops things.
 A young woman grabs another young woman by the arm and pulls her away. A young woman jokingly shoves another young woman with a pillow. A young woman flicks a woman on the top of her head and walks away.
 Two young women discuss the death of a man. A woman tells two young women that their mother had died in a car accident when she was younger because she was not careful. A woman makes racist remarks about a group of Hispanic workers being lazy. A woman shouts at a group of women, telling them to scatter because she thinks the INS is coming. A young woman tells another young woman that she would "kill herself" if she could not shop. A young woman jokingly tells another young woman in a coma to wake up before a woman kills her by using voodoo. A young woman tells another young woman that she is afraid she will get shot. Two young women discuss how one of them had thought their neighborhood was dangerous. A man jokes with a young woman that he is the king of the barrio. A young woman jokingly tells a man not to steal anything from her car as he pops the hood to inspect the engine. A young woman tells a woman that a man is a gang member and the woman tells her he is safe. A young woman tells another young woman that there are lice in a bed; the other young woman dismisses her.

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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 un-translated Spanish slang for an anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, exclamations (gosh, oh dear), name-calling (spinster, circus monkey, orphans, warden in a jail, fresh meat, immature, skinny twit, anorexic, irresponsible, creepy, gang member, Barbie, blondie, various jokes about a man's mustache, wimp, horrendous, cockroach, weird, lazy, Princess, Father Bruno, homeboy, buzz-kill), 10 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - We see a young woman exhaling a cloud of presumed marijuana smoke and she is later seen acting intoxicated, and a young woman and a man discuss the marijuana use of a young woman as well as the legalization of marijuana. A young woman is seen drinking shots of alcohol and acting intoxicated and she tells a man that she is drunk, men and women are seen drinking alcohol frequently throughout the movie, several women drink shots of alcohol in a few scenes, a man invites a young woman to drink tequila with him, and a young woman gives a man a bottle of alcohol as a gift.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Re-imagined classic novels, "Sense and Sensibility," national pride, Mexican heritage, losing your wealth, being spoiled, settling for less, learning to adapt, fidelity in a marriage, love, divorce, loss of a parent, asbestos, INS, illegal workers, discrimination, bird of paradise flower, barrios, East Los Angeles.
MESSAGE - Happiness can be found in love and not in money.
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