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The Mighty Macs | 2011 | G | - 3.1.1

Based on the true story of the 1972 Immaculata College female basketball team and their coach Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino), who took the small religious school all the way to win the National Championship. Also with David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton, Ellen Burstyn and Lauren Bittner. Directed by Tim Chambers. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - On multiple occasions we see a man and a woman hug and then kiss. A man is seen lying down in bed and he sits up and hugs and kisses a woman.
 A young man looks shocked as a woman demonstrates on him how to box someone out in basketball: The woman grabs the young man's shirt and pulls him close to her, she shakes her buttocks against the young man's crotch and then smacks his buttocks as she walks away; both the young man and the woman are visibly embarrassed.
 A young woman rubs lotion onto the feet of an older man; the older man tells the young woman that he is enjoying the lotion.
 A woman has a conversation which may imply sexual innuendo with a man (the woman is a nun, describing her "husband" as being Jesus): the man asks the woman if her husband is "good with his hands," she laughs, and another woman remarks that her husband is also good with his hands. A woman tells a man that she wants to have a family with him. A woman tells another woman that sports should be used to "suppress [the] hormones" of young women. A woman tells a young woman that her lip color is "street corner lipstick." A young woman jokes that their team uniforms had been picked out by Adam and Eve. A woman tells several young women that their uniforms are not bad and the young women respond that she thinks that because she is "already married." Two women discuss how one of the women had a boyfriend before she became a nun.
 The skirt of a young woman lifts up while she plays basketball and we see shorts under her skirt.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A young woman trips and falls into a dark, wet creek bed as a woman tells another woman to stop having the young woman run through the creek.
 We see young women dive for basketballs on the ground, trip and fall while playing basketball and we see two young women shove another young woman in a basketball game. A young woman aggressively boxes out another young woman. A young woman hits another young woman on the wrist as she shoots the basketball during a game. A woman has to duck to avoid being hit by a basketball thrown by a young woman.
 We see a woman in the background shout angrily and has to be held back by several young women. A woman shouts at a team of young women. A man and a woman argue briefly.
 An older woman tells a woman that she had endangered the lives of a team of young women. An older woman tells a woman that a saint had died after being beheaded. A woman listens to a radio reporter announcing that "thousands" had died during war. A young woman is seen crying and a girl warns a woman that the young woman is "a mess."
 We briefly see an elderly woman lying in a hospital bed.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (exhibits at the Smithsonian, trouble).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see two women drinking beer at a bar and a man who is also drinking a beer offers to buy their drinks. A young woman remarks that she liked the way uniforms had previously smelled like cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Women's Liberation Movement, co-ed and single-gender schools, redeeming one's self, parochial schools, rejection, regret, disappointment, achieving goals.

MESSAGE - Never give up on your dream; achieving goals can be difficult but fulfilling.

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