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Stick It | 2006 | PG-13 | - 3.3.5

Missy Peregrym stars as a 17-year-old ex-competitive gymnast with family problems, who ends up in court, and as punishment she's forced back into the regimented world of gymnastics. Infamous for having walked out on a big competition, leaving her team to suffer a devastating defeat years earlier, she's greeted with suspicion and hostility by her fellow gymnasts. Also with Vanessa Lengies, Jeff Bridges, Nikki SooHoo and Maddy Curley. Directed by Jessica Bendinger. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in several scenes. Teenage girls are shown wearing leotards and workout wear, that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and legs, through most of the movie. Teenage girls lift the bottom of their leotards revealing a part of their buttocks (while spraying a sticky substance on them to prevent their leotards from riding up). A teenage girl in a sports bra and panties sits in a bathtub. A man's pants fall down around his ankles and reveal red jockey shorts. A teenage boy tries on a prom dress in a store.
 Men and women dance together and teenage girls and teenage boys dance together.
 Two teenage boys sneak into a facility where teenage girls practice gymnastics and admire the girls. Teenage girls look with interest at two teenage boys.
 We hear that a woman had an affair with her daughter's gymnastics coach. A teenage girl talks about her family being torn apart by her mother's infidelity.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teenage girl falls hard on a balance beam, and then falls to the mat below and writhes in pain. A man bounces on a trampoline, lands badly and is thrown off (we see him later with his arm in a sling).
 Teenage boys and a teenage girl ride bikes and skateboards, performing jumps and tricks, and they set up a ramp that leads off a rooftop, into the air and over a dirt pile; also one rider falls off a skateboard and slides down the cement wall of a swimming pool, while another rider crashes through a window and is thrown off a bike (no injuries are visible).
 A teenage girl attacks another girl and wraps her hands around her throat. Teenage girls shove each other off an award pedestal.
 A man picks a teenage girl up over his shoulder, carries her to another room and drops her on a padded mat. A man pushes a teenage girl off a balance beam and onto a padded mat.
 A teenage girl is chased by police in cars (we do not see her caught but then see her in a courtroom).
 Training sequences look painful, with teenage girls stretching and twisting themselves and each other. There are several scenes that show gymnasts falling while trying to perform acrobatic moves. A teenage girl sits in a bathtub filled with ice.
 A man and a woman argue over who should be caring for their daughter. A man talks about injuries that ended his gymnastics career.
 A teenage boy flatulates and two other people react to the smell.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 3 sexual remarks, 10 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms (4 mild), 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (loser, idiot), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Adults are shown drinking alcohol at a dance.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, disappointment, betrayal, infidelity, trust, talent, jealousy, discipline, innovation, outdated rules, judging others, being let down, lying, perfection, parenting, obedience, control, hate.

MESSAGE - The methods of grading and judging performance sports need to be changed.

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