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Role play occurs before John Candy removes the top of a woman. Side view of a breast from the back/side of a topless woman for maybe 10 seconds. There are also 3 not-so-oblique references to masturbation (2 related to women, 1 related to a man).


A bear gets shot in its backside.


15 uses of hell

8 uses of the shit

5 uses of damn

13 uses of ass

Some uses of d*ck


A couple of bar scenes at the main camp lodge. Only adults are seen with alcohol, no teens drinking during their "hanging out" times. The main character, Chet, selects club soda during a party, because he states he is the Designated Driver.

If this movie came out now it would get PG-13.

Suggest MPAA rating: PG-13 for some partial nudity and strong language.


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