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Roll Bounce | 2005 | PG-13 | - 4.3.4

Set in the '70s, Bow Wow stars as a young man who struggles with grief after the death of his mother. He finds escape by roller-skating with his friends at a nearby rink. But when the rink goes out of business, he and his friends have to travel to another one, where wealthy kids skate, and they find themselves having to prove their skill in a competition. Also with Chi McBride, Mike Epps, Wesley Jonathan and Meagan Good. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and shoulders, women wear short shorts and short skirts that reveal bare thighs in many scenes, women wear tight-fitting outfits that accentuate their figures, and a teenage girl wears a tube top that reveals bare shoulders and upper chest.
 Two men and a teenage boy gawk at a woman wearing a halter top and tight, short shorts (her outfit reveals cleavage, bare abdomen, bare legs and bare shoulders); the woman flings her hair and waves in a flirtatious manner. A woman wearing a low-cut halter top flirts with a man and offers him ice cream. Several teenage boys slap a woman on the buttock as they skate past her (her pants are extremely form-fitting). A man skates into a roller rink escorted by three scantily clad women and his shirt is open to the waist and reveals his bare chest and abdomen. A teenage boy pulls down the pants of another teenage boy and he is seen in his jockey shorts by a large crowd of people. A man tears off his shirt during a skating competition and women in the rink watching scream with delight. A teenage boy comes out of the house wearing a tank top and boxer shorts.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately in a few scenes, a man and a woman kiss, and teenage boys and teenage girls kiss in a few scenes, and a teenage boy and a teenage girl hug in a couple of scenes. A man puts a kiss on the cheek of a little girl and she faints.
 A man pulls a teenage girl onto his lap and tries to keep her there; she resists and walks away.
 Several teenage boys gawk at a teenage girl drinking a soda. Women and girls swoon and scream when a man enters the room in several scenes.
 A man tells a teenage boy that women "like a brother with a big... skate." A man talks about doing lip exercises on his pillow. A man makes remarks about what he would do if he had sex with a woman: " If I weren't married... I'd handle that cat." etc. A man says to a teenage boy wearing boxer shorts, "Check your package; There's a little fruit hanging out of the loom." A man talks about ending up in an alley as a prostitute if he were to lose his job. A teenage boy's T-shirt reads "You Turn Me On." A teenage boy says, "I'm happy my mother got her tubes tied." There are a couple of remarks about homosexuality.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teenage boy yells at his father and then goes to the garage and pounds on a car with a baseball bat -- he breaks the windshield, the lights, and dents the hood, and the father and his son yell at each other.
 A man yells at his son in a few scenes, and a woman yells at a man and accuses him of being an irresponsible parent. A man and a teenage boy argue and challenge each other to a skate competition.
 Several people in several scenes do stunt skating with flips and turns and several of them fall on the ground or the floor while doing so. A teenage boy falls on a floor, hits his head and is knocked unconscious while trying a skating stunt (he is OK). A man steps on a skateboard, and he falls off a stoop and into the shrubs. A teenage boy nearly skates into a car, but manages to jump over it. A teenage boy falls on the floor when the wheel of his skate falls off, and a teenage girl falls off her skates while practicing in a couple of scenes. A teenage boy falls to the floor when he trips over his pants after they are pulled down around his ankles while he skates.
 Several boys throw water balloons at a teenage girl, and she tries to skate away but she is pummeled and knocked to the ground (she is wet but uninjured); a teenage boy is also struck on the back with a balloon. Several boys with water balloons chase a teenage boy and throw balloons at him, but he races away on his roller skates.
 Teenage boys tease and make fun of a teenage girl because she has braces on her teeth, and she teases back -- this happens in several scenes. Teenage boys tease each other about their hair, their parents, their race, etc.
 A teenage boy delivers newspapers by throwing them from the street, and several of the papers hit people.
 A teenage boy says that "Bee Gees" is a disease that makes a part of your anatomy fall off.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 2 obscene hand gestures, 6 scatological terms (2 mild, referring to "number 2"), 17 anatomical terms (4 mild), 19 mild obscenities (3 "mother sucker," 2 "mofo"s), 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, 2 derogatory terms for women (honeys, chicks), name-calling (stupid, crazy, idiot, loser, doof, suckers).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People (adults) drink alcohol at a party.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a parent, death of a spouse, grief, guilt, anger, being strong for children, competition, people from opposite sides of the economic spectrum, love, friendship, teenagers, prostitution, responsibility, disappointment, taking chances, parental pride, Harriet Tubman, freedom, the ghetto, parenting.

MESSAGE - Grief can keep you from living your life if you are unable to let it go.

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