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Pleasantville | 1998 | PG-13 | - 5.1.5

Toby Maguire and Reese Witherspoon play a pair of 1990's siblings launched into the world of a 1950's black and white television show. Also with Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy, Don Knotts and J.T. Walsh.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Lots of heavy petting, sexual innuendo and a couple of make-out scenes that set cars a-rockin' (sex is suggested). A boy loses his virginity. A girl masturbates in the bathtub -- we don't see the act; the shot is from the shoulders up -- but we do see the ecstasy in her facial expressions and hear it in her voice (she exclaims "Oh my goodness!"). A few shots of a young woman wearing only a bra. We also see some nude paintings: one painting shows male frontal nudity and another shows a woman's breasts.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - One punch and a bloody lip. A park bench gets thrown at a window. A mob burns a bunch of books.

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LANGUAGE 5 - One F-word, several mild obscenities and a few scatological references.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sexual initiation, the ‘50s vs. the present, inhibiting emotions, avoiding pleasure.
MESSAGE - Being honest with yourself (for better or worse) adds a great deal of color to your life.
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