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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content including dialogue, some language and a scene of reckless teen behavior.

Very strong even for a PG-13:

-References to dildos and sex toys. There is a shot of one as well. There is dialogue of "having sex with machinery" -Reference to ejaculation using synonyms -Tod and Julie take pictures of them having sex. Helen later finds them. -Larry had a son, Cool, that he never knew about. He describes the "one night stand" -Sensuality -Reference to abortion -Also there is a brief shot of a porno on tape that Helen investigates. She finds it in Garry's room. -A theme of pregnancy

In one of the scenes, Garry is caught with a punch of pornography tapes. When Helen asks what he needs them for he is too afraid to tell her. He asks to speak to Tod about it. Tod later tells Helen that Garry had gotten his first "boner" or erection and has been "slapping the meat" ever since, meaning that he has been masturbating ever since his first erection. He is ashamed and thinks of himself as a sexual pervert, so Tod tells him "that's just what little dudes do".

Justin Buckman (who is three year old) is shown completely nude for roughly five seconds

Violence & Gore

a POV sequence of a child vandalizing an office

Gil's daughter projectile vomits on him

Tod's dragster spins out of control and crashes; he's visibly shaken but otherwise OK.

In a fantasy sequence, a boy terrorizes a town with a machine gun. Lots of gunfire and screaming, but no blood.


Several uses of the S-word and A-hole and G-damn. Other mild profanities.

none of note

Tod drag races and spins out during a race.

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