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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

Rated R for language, some sexual situations, brief nudity and teen drinking


One shot of a female showering nude; there is a full on closeup on her breasts and a sideshot of her naked body including her rear. This is in the first 1/4 of the movie and is the only actual nudity.

There are some crude terms for breasts (tits, hooters, golden bozos, boobies) and conversations involving sex and virginity (A boy says he's never "bagged a girl.")

A boy bets he can have sex with a girl; this girl gives him her panties which he shows to his friends.

There are a couple shots of girl's underwear. One of them while still on the girl.

Two teens have sex (offscreen) and wonder what happened afterwards, since they were drunk.

Plenty of other references. (Some quite strong)

16-yr old girl sees her grandparents in their underwear.

Off-screen a girl is touched by her grandmother, immediately afterwards she tells her friend about it.

A teen boy slow dances with a much taller buxom girl.

Two teens ride an exercise bicycle fully-clothed but straddling each other.

A note is being passed in class asking sex questions such as "Have you ever touched IT?" and "Have you gone all the way?"

Violence & Gore


Just a guy with a black eye. A drunk party goer drops a large barbell through the floor of a house into the basement.



2 F-words, milder swearing. the a word is said a couple of times

Sixteen Candles came out in May, 1984, 2 months before the "PG-13" rating was implemented. So at the time, movies were rated "G", "PG", or "R". Sixteen Candles was originally going to be rated "R", but prior to release, just enough F-bombs were edited out to make the "PG" cut and reach the targeted teenage audience. This is NOT equivalent to a modern day "PG" film.


There is lots of alcohol consumption by teens at a party and resulting drunkeness, some characters stay drunk for nearly half the movie.

A woman about to get married takes 4 pain killers and proceeds to act in a very-drugged manner for the entire wedding.

A pyramid of beer cans is made by 3 large football-player types, implying that they drank all of it themselves.

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Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) / Finland:K-12/9 / Iceland:L / Norway:11 / Norway:12 (original rating) / Peru:PT / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:15 / Spain:13 / Sweden:Btl / UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) / UK:15 (original rating) (1984-2005) / USA:R (original rating) / USA:PG (re-rating on appeal) (#27313) / West Germany:16

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