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Gracie | 2007 | PG-13 | - 5.4.3

Set in 1978, when girls' soccer teams did not exist, a young woman (Carly Schroeder) reacts to the death of her soccer star brother by deciding to play soccer with the boys' team. The only girl in a soccer-obsessed family of three brothers, her decision is met with derision and incredulity. Also with Christopher Shand, Karl Girolamo, Dermot Mulroney, Andrew Shue, Elisabeth Shue, and Trevor Heins. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Young men and young women dance in a nightclub scene, and two underage teenage girls flirt with two older young men: they dance, they kiss, and one couple is shown kissing in the backseat of a car -- the young man removes his shirt (we see him bare-chested), climbs on top of her, they continue to kiss and are interrupted whereupon the scene ends.
 Young men and women dance together in a club scene: a teenage girl and a teenage boy kiss, she takes him outside, they kiss again, he tries to unfasten her top, and she pushes him away (the young man had bet his friends that she would not "go all the way").
 A teenage girl wears a short skirt and a low cut tank top that reveal cleavage and bare legs; she rides in a car with a teenage boy who's slightly older and who takes her to a dark underpass and begins to caress her face and they kiss (she walks away from him in a huff).
 A teenage girl wears a very low-cut top that reveals deep cleavage. A father hands his teenage daughter her bra while she is changing in the back seat of the car (we see her bare shoulders and straps). A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes.
 Two teenage girls talk about boys having certain expectations. A teenage girl says to another girl, "No one is hotter than your father." Two teenage girls talk about teenage boys playing soccer and pick out those that they like. A boy says, "she got her period," about his sister. A boy says, "girls lose their brains when their boobs grow."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We hear that there was an accident and we see the reaction of a mother and father when they are told that their son is dead.
 A teenage girl is tripped, knocked down and punched hard in the nose (we see her with a bloody nose).
 Teenage boys tease and humiliate a teenage girl who tries to play soccer with them, and she is pushed to the ground.
 A teenage girl is knocked down repeatedly during a soccer game but continues to play. A teenage girl is knocked to the ground and slips in a mud puddle while scrimmaging. A teenage boy is injured during a soccer game (he hurts his leg).
 A man tears down a soccer goal in his backyard in frustration after his son was killed in an accident.
 A teenage girl says, "I wanna do something I have never done before" so she steals her mother's car, she shoplifts and she and a friend go to a nightclub even though they are underage.
 A father and his daughter argue bitterly in several scenes, and he draws comparisons between her and her older, now deceased brother. A teenage girl tells her father to "shut up." A mother tells her daughter that things are harder for girls (this film is set in the late '70s). A man laughs when his daughter tells him that she wants to play soccer on a boys' team.
 We see people gathered and grieving at a funeral. A team wears black armbands to pay tribute to a deceased teammate.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 4 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (chick, old, jerk).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a few club scenes, a man holds a beer in his hand (we don't see him drink from it), and two underage girls are shown entering dance clubs in a couple of scenes (they have drinks on the bar in front of them but we do not see them drink). Two teenage girls smoke cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a child, death of a sibling, sexism, fear of losing, brother/sister relationships, guilt, dreams, competition, challenges, winning and losing as a team, grief, cheating, failing, rebelling, moral courage.

MESSAGE - Don't let others put limits on you.

(Note: There are several instances where boys and men are dismissive and condescending toward a girl because she is not a boy and proclaim that she should not be allowed to do things because she is not male.)

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