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Contains some kissing and stroking between characters (including some French kisses).

A beatnik encourages teenagers to "take off our clothes and smoke reefer" (they refuse).

Two young couples make out in an alley for a long period of time. Although they are in the dark, you may still notice them off to the side. (no nudity)


Some very mild violence.

There is a riot scene which contains some unrealistic, over-the-top violence.

A teenage girl is given electric shock treatments.

A fistfight leaves Link in a wheelchair, but there's nothing graphic and no blood.


Some mild language (e.g. "whore", "asshole") as well as some use of "queer" and "Negro".


A woman offers a group of teenagers some "reefer".

A woman appears to be using a joint in order to ignite an object.

Teenagers are offered alcohol, but they don't take them.

Cory Collins drinks from a bottle of liquor when off-camera from his show.


Contains discrimination, segregation and mental illness themes, all presented in a light-hearted and satirical fashion. The film largely revolves around a TV show where "colored" persons are not allowed. Such behavior is not condoned throughout the film.

A middle-aged woman panics when she finds herself in a neighborhood dominated by African-Americans. When she screams for a police officer and realize he is African-American, she screams in terror.

A "race riot" ensues when non-whites are denied access to a carnival.

18/50 - Depends on maturity, but recommended for 12+

Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, suggestive content, and drug references.

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