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Undiscovered | 2005 | PG-13 | - 5.3.4

A struggling musician moves from New York to Los Angeles, dreaming of landing a recording contract. As success proves elusive, he finds himself doing many odd jobs while playing small gigs at a local bar. One day he runs into a young actress with whom he had a chance encounter in New York, and she hatches a plan to create some hype and make him a success. Her strategy works and he gets his contract -- but they discover that the demands of fame can overwhelm personal relationships. With Pell James, Steven Strait, Kip Pardue, Carrie Fisher and Ashlee Simpson. Directed by Meiert Avis. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young man and a young woman kiss, we see them in bed together later -- he is bare-chested and she is in her bra and panties -- they kiss again, and she gets out of bed and dresses. Two scantily clad young women lie in a bed and a young man gets out of the bed; one young woman asks the young man to come back and he climbs on top of them (it is implied that they either have had sex, or will have sex, or both).
 A young woman wearing a tiny bikini pops out of a large cake and kisses a young man; another man asks her for a kiss too, and she pushes him away.
 A young woman poses for photo shoots in several scenes wearing various amounts of clothing that reveal her bare back, bare shoulders, bare legs and bare abdomen; one scene shows her from the back with no top (we see her bare back to the waist, and she crosses her arms to cover her breasts when a young man comes in). A woman wears a dress that is cut down to her belly button and reveals cleavage and her bare abdomen. Young women on stage dance wearing tiny outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, part of their bare buttocks and bare thighs, and a young man on stage with them wears low-slung pants and part of his thong sticks out of the top of the pants. A young man sings on stage and is bare-chested. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A young man with a sheet wrapped around his waist chases a young woman out of his apartment and onto the street, then chases his dog along the street, and he almost loses the sheet a couple of times.
 A young man lies back on a bed, a young woman leans over and kisses him, he gets up and walks out of the room. A young man and a young woman kiss in several scenes, and a man and a woman kiss. A woman hugs a young man and kisses him on the cheek. A young man leans over toward a young woman to try to kiss her, but he is interrupted.
 A young woman talks about "making out" with her first boyfriend when she was 14-years-old, and about his groping her. A woman asks a young woman if she had sex with a young man, and the young woman says, "we just messed around." A young man asks a young woman if she and her friend are gay.
 A young man invites young women to join him in "naked folk singing." A young man says, "I'm smitten" after a brief encounter with a young woman. A young woman tries to seduce a young man. Young women jump onto a stage and grab a young man who's singing in a few scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A young woman climbs on a stage and grabs a young man who's singing, another young woman pulls her off the stage and onto the floor, they wrestle and fight briefly and one young woman is carried outside.
 A young woman slaps a young man in the face. A man lunges over a counter toward a young man, grabs him around the throat and squeezes.
 We hear that a young woman's mother died, and that a young man's father died.


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LANGUAGE 4 - A character says "mother..." (the word is not completed), 7 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, name-calling (creep, jerk, jerk), 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in several bar scenes, a woman drinks champagne, and two men drink alcohol in a bar. People smoke cigarettes in a bar in a few scenes, and a woman smokes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Celebrity, the music industry, love, selling out, destiny, random acts, musicians, relationships, hopes, skepticism, dreams, friendship, assault, competition, depression, disappointment, loneliness, passion, stereotypes, creativity, chauvinism, the publicity machine, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - Success is what you make of it and shouldn't be determined by fame.

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