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The Longshots | 2008 | PG | - 3.3.4

A former high school football great (Ice Cube) is depressed after he loses his job due to a plant closing, until he takes on a new assignment: to baby-sit his niece (Keke Palmer), whom he soon trains as a star quarterback and the first female member in Pop Warner Football. Also with Tasha Smith, Jill Marie Jones, Dash Mihok, Matt Craven, Garrett Morris and Earthquake. Directed by Fred Durst. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A teenager makes fun of another teenager by calling his genitals "ping pongs," while the first youth says they are "king kongs."
 A man and a woman hug and kiss on the cheek.
 A man looks at a postcard that shows the buttocks of a woman in a bikini. A youth cheerleading squad is shown in short, tight skirts.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - There are many scenes of youth football players tackling each other, rolling over each other, lying under a pile of other players, getting knocked down, rushing tackling dummies and falling down, (no one is hurt in any of these scenes and we do not see any blood or bruising).
 In a slow motion scene, we see a man walking toward the camera, his mouth hanging open, and he begins to fall forward and collapses (we hear that he is all right and the doctors say he is just stressed out and we see him later OK).
 A player is struck hard in the crotch by a ball another player throws at him (he grimaces and bends over while he's helped off the field). Two football players have the wind knocked out of them, but get up from the ground and are fine. In another scene, 3 boys tackle a 4th boy and all four get up unhurt, and a larger boy tackles a female player twice.
 Several times, teen girls make fun of a poorer girl, get into her face and call her names. In the background of one scene, a coach shouts at his high school players. A woman and a man argue about his babysitting her teen daughter. A woman and her teen daughter argue about the daughter not participating in any after school activities. Several scenes show youth football fans in stands yelling briefly at the coaches to put in other players. A man talks about being depressed. A man talks about another man's mother being dead.
 A rival football player tackles a female player excessively hard and says to her as she lies on the ground, "What's the matter, got dirt up your skirt?" A player is slammed to the ground and a female player asks him, "What's the matter, got dirt up your skirt?"
 A teenage girl sits on a wall and throws stones at a telephone pole to relieve boredom. A teenage girl cries several times because she misses her father.
 A football game is held in deep mud, the players get muddy all over, but no one is hurt. A man teaches a teenage girl how to burp loudly and they both do so.

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LANGUAGE 4 - 2 scatological references, 5 anatomical references, 9 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 12 religious exclamations, name-calling (stupid, crazy, little girl, dookie, cheerleader, Mr. Entrepreneur, scam artist, punk, nerd, losers, pansies, down-and-out, sweet, Jazz-man [derogatory, as if a girl is a man], weird, moody, babysitter), 9 instances of stereotypical remarks about girls being inept in sports.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks from a 40-ounce beer can in a brown paper bag while outside a school building, in another scene the man gives it to a teacher when he goes inside, and another scene shows the man drinking at a football field.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, relationships, dreams, betrayal, loss, poverty, reconciliation, family, friends, competition, sports discrimination, change.
MESSAGE - Follow your destiny and face the competition.
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