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Valley Girl | 2020 | PG-13 | – 5.4.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Valley Girl” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “teen partying, language, some suggestive material, and brief nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scene, many kissing scenes and references to sex, some partial nudity and cleavage revealing outfits; a few scenes of arguments that lead to yelling, crying and fights with shoving and punching, a few scenes of teens undertaking risky behavior, several scenes of teens drinking alcohol to excess, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Musical adaptation of the eponymous 1983 film about a teen girl (Jessica Rothe) that decides that she wants something more out of life than what her friends and parents expect from her. Hence, she ventures outside her wealthy neighborhood and meets a young man (Josh Whitehouse) that introduces her to everything she’s been missing. Also with Alicia Silverstone, Chloe Bennet, Mae Whitman, Judy Greer, Peyton List, Jessie Ennis, Camila Morrone, Rob Huebel, Logan Paul, Mary Neely, Josh Fadem and Jenny Babas. Directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg. [Running Time: 1:42]

Valley Girl SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately in the backseat of a car, she straddles him and sex is implied. A teen girl and a young man kiss in a car and another car behind them honks for them to move along. A teen girl and a young man kiss in a photo booth. A teen boy kisses a teen girl and girls that are with her swoon. Two teen girls kiss. A teen girl and a young man sit in an open limo sunroof and kiss while the car is driving along a dark road.
 A teen boy and a teen girl dance at a prom and the boy asks if they are back together; he tells her that he got a hotel room, implying that he is expecting sex, and she tells him no and walks away; he then calls out to the crowd, “Ladies, I’m single.” A teen girl caresses a teen boy’s clothed knee and he seems interested in her. A teen girl and a young woman flirt. A teacher chaperone separates two teens at prom for dancing “too close.” A teen boy makes a suggestive remark to a teen girl and she tells him that he doesn’t have the “right equipment,” and he becomes insulted and calls her insulting names (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young man sings love songs to a teen girl in a club and while they are alone in a few scenes. A teen boy seems to be flirting with his teen girlfriend’s mother.
 A teen girl asks her mother about things that don’t fit and her mother seems to think she is asking about sex and makes a comment about “experimenting,” until the teen stops her. A man talks about making all kinds of videos and his wife reacts with a suggestive tone as their teen daughter objects. A teen girl talks about reading the “Joy of Sex” book and a young man sitting next to her asks for details; she then invites him to a party. Teen girls talk about wanting to get married so they won’t have to do anything. A teacher makes a remark about a teen boy saying, “Look at that bod.” A teen girl throws a kiss toward a poster of Michael Jackson hanging on her bedroom wall. A teen girl says that girls “can do anything.” A young woman’s T-shirt reads, “Sex Pistols.” A woman tells her teen daughter, “Just say no,” and when the teen asks, “To what” the mother replies, “Everything.” A DJ at a roller rink says, “That’s why you should always wear underwear at the roller rink” (we don’t see anything).
 Several young men in a locker room drop their pants to reveal their bare buttocks with jock straps covering their genitals and the letters “PROM” painted on them while another teen boy asks a teen girl to go to the dance with him. Teen girls and shirtless young men (bare chests, abdomens and backs are shown) dance on a beach and the young men lift the teens in the air and spin them around. Teen boys look at a “Playpen” magazine and we see a nude woman’s torso on the cover with her arms hiding her breasts. Teen girls wear exercise leotards with tights that accentuate their buttocks, reveal cleavage and bare backs as they dance in a class. A teen girl wears a short skirt that reveals her bare legs. Teen girls wear short skirts and shorts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs. Teen girls wear cheerleading outfits that reveal bare legs to the hips. Teen girls wear bikinis and swimsuits on a beach that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and legs to the hips. A woman wears a leotard and tights while exercising in front of a TV. Teen boys and teen girls are shown wearing swimsuits and swimming at party (bare chests, abdomens backs and legs are shown on the boys and cleavage, abdomens, backs and legs are seen on the girls). A teen boy is shown wearing a pair of briefs with a dress shirt as a costume at a party (we see his bare legs and a genital bulge).


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Valley Girl VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A teen boy confronts a young man, blows in his face and calls him names until the young man punches him in the face, and they wrestle on the floor exchanging punches until others pull them apart (we see the young man’s bruised face and neck and blood on the teen’s face later). A teen boy at a party makes a suggestive remark to a teen girl and she tells him that he doesn’t have the “right equipment”; he is insulted, calls her names and she punches him in the face (she and her two friends are thrown out of the party). A teen boy pushes another teen boy into a swimming pool (there are no injuries) and laughs at him.
 A teen boy jumps off a wall into a swimming pool while yelling. A teen boy is swung in a chair and thrown off a wall into a swimming pool. A young man slides down a roof and jumps to the ground below unharmed; the young man and a teen girl dance and jump across parked cars. A teen girl and a young man dance in a club with many other people around them and the girl falls at one moment, but gets back up unharmed. A teen girl climbs through her bedroom window to avoid seeing her parents when she gets back home late. A young man climbs on the roof of a teen girl’s house and into her bedroom window. A teen boy falls on the floor while roller skating and holds his arm (we see him uninjured later). A young man and a young woman slam bottles against a wall on a rooftop shattering them. We hear that a young man was electrocuted when he ended wound up in sound system cables but is OK. A teen girl and a young man sit in an open limo sunroof and kiss while the car is driving along a dark road. Police arrive at an outdoor party and the people gathered there run away.
 Teens are shown dancing in a club and one teen girl leaves in tears and calls her mother to come pick her up; we hear that she and her boyfriend broke up and she questions some decisions she has made about her future. A young man says that his father died when he was young and that his mother threw him out when she wanted to start a real family. A young woman tells a young man that they are being evicted.
 A teen girl and a young man argue and break up. A woman grounds her teen daughter when she realizes that she lied to her about where she was. A husband and his wife argue with their teen daughter about a young man she is seeing and that he is too old for her and not the right fit. A man tells his teen daughter that New York City is the crime capital of the world and that there are stabbings everywhere. Four teen girls argue about one of them getting back together with a teen boy. A bouncer outside a club barks and lunges toward a teen girl and she flinches. A young man yells and scares a seagull away from a teen girl’s nachos. A woman insists that her teen daughter sit with her to talk about what happened with her boyfriend. A teen girl says that life in the ’80s was like a pop song. A teen girl talks about being told to never go to another part of town because it’s dangerous. A teen girl asks her friends to leave school and get on a bus not knowing where they’ll end up and they seem alarmed at the suggestion. A woman tells her teen daughter, “No risky business” about a party the teen plans to attend. A teen girl breaks up with her boyfriend and he yells, “Big mistake. Not cool,” as he speeds away in his car. A young woman and a young man sing a song, “Boys don’t cry.” Two teen girls talk about having a fight with another teen girl. A teen girl confronts another teen girl about having a relationship with the first girl’s ex-boyfriend, saying, “I thought exes were off limits.” A DJ at a roller rink says, “If you lost a tooth, it’s at the lost and found.”
 A young man is shown with tattoos of skulls and a cross on his chest, arm and hand. A teen boy vomits outside a diner (we see goo). A woman talks about vomiting on a shag carpet when she was drunk as a teen. A teen boy talks about another teen boy vomiting in his glove compartment (we do not see anything). A reference is made to someone vomiting in a Jacuzzi (we do not see anything). A teen boy wearing a Ronald Reagan mask is shown passed out at a party (from drinking too much).


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Valley Girl LANGUAGE 4

 – 2 obscene hand gestures, 3 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 18 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for Lesbians, name-calling (so cringey, idiot, backstabber, trust fund jerkoffs, weirdos, needy, punk, wild, empty, total cow, crazy, bubble, punks, blow, runaways, sick, babe, fake friends, vapid, stupid, psychotic, hot stuff, sexy, total tool, embarrassed, sad, pathetic, edgie, boring, crazy hot, dweebs, cromag, skank), exclamations (chill, pipe down, freaking me out), 21 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus, Thank God). | profanity glossary |


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Valley Girl SUBSTANCE USE

 – A teen girl guzzles from a liquor bottle, teens in a club are shown with alcoholic drinks, a principal tells teens not to spike the punch at prom because last year he got a DUI, beer in kegs and kamikazes are served at a teen party, a teen boy does a handstand while chugging beer from a keg, a woman talks about having downed a bottle of peppermint schnapps when she was a teen, a woman holds a glass of wine, a young man drinks a lot in a bar and we see him stumbling, and a teen boy wearing a Ronald Reagan mask is shown passed out at a party (from drinking too much).


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Valley Girl DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Wealth and privilege, gender roles and expectations, professional success, rejection, first loves, fitting in, survival, wanting something different out of life, adventure, love, friendship, marriage, divorce, Sally Ride.

Valley Girl MESSAGE

 – Blaze your own trail.

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