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MPAA Rated PG-13 for language and some sensuality

Sex & Nudity

  • An adult professional dancer (around 30) takes a young student dancer (around 18 years old) to his home, gives her a glass of wine, and begins kissing her. They remove each other's shirts (she is in a tank top) and he lays her on his bed where they continue to kiss. In the next scene they are lying in bed together. She is covered by a sheet but we see her bare shoulders and back. Later, he ignores her as this was just a "one night stand" for him. She makes a comment later on how he's always changing his mind, so it's hard to keep track.
  • During a dance performance, suggestive choreography takes place on a bed with the man on top of the girl. He rips off her clothes to reveal her black bra and panties. The audience is heard murmuring, and some of them roll their eyes or look shocked.
  • Young couples are seen dancing suggestively at a club.
  • A girl is seen checking out the butt of a guy while they are at a jazz dance class. He is shaking his butt all around, and she is looking and smiling.
  • A guy tells a very strange and sexual joke to a group of friends. The basic premise of it involves a mouse and an elephant having sex. Some lines in the joke include "Let me have my way with you" and "Take it all, b*tch!"
  • We hear of a case of infidelity.
  • Homosexuality is implied with certain male character. A few guys flirt with each other.
  • A young girl is wearing nothing but her boyfriend's oversized sweatshirt while she is staying over at his house one night. When they get into a fight, she is seen putting her pants back on and leaving.
  • In response to her daughter's bad mood, a mother asks her if she is having her period.
  • In response to a young girl who clearly likes him, a woman says to her dancing partner, "She's one step away from tattooing your name on her ass".
  • At a jazz class, a woman is seen jumping into a man's arms and kissing him passionately.
  • A man and woman are seen lying in bed together and snuggling, although they are both fully clothed.
  • A guy lifts a girl up over his head in a ballet position. She is wearing a fairly short dress. It is hiked up when he starts to put her down, and you can almost see her underwear.
  • A young woman talks about getting a job at Hooters. When her friend mentions that she doesn't "have the rack for it", she says that she'll get implants.

Violence & Gore

  • It is implied that a female character is bulimic. She is heard vomiting in the bathroom on at least two occasions, although we don't actually see it. She later reveals that she is "sick" and throws up almost everything she eats.
  • We see large bruised/blisters on a woman's feet from Pointe-dancing.
  • We see an onstage choreographed "fight" for a dance.


  • Contains one use of moderate language (i.e. "fucking"), and frequent mild coarse language (e.g. "shit", "prick", "ass", "bitch" etc.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • In the beginning, there's a group of people smoking in a dorm room. A young girl is also seen smoking in-between dance classes and putting out the cigarette with her ballet shoe. Erik, Eva and Cooper are seen smoking.
  • There is a scene in a club where alcoholic drinks are served.
  • People are seen drinking wine in a gala after a performance.
  • Some people drink in a bowling alley.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There isn't really anything specifically frightening. There are a few more intense scenes, though, which involve the emotional struggles of the young people in the ballet classes. One of the girls is eventually kicked out for being too fat, and she is seen crying. Another girl is bulimic and has a breakdown with her boyfriend. Another girl cries obviously because she didn't make the company.

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