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Thirteen

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Source: Catholic News Service

Unflinching drama about a clean-scrubbed seventh-grader (Rachel Evan Wood) who is led astray by her charismatic but out-of-control classmate, plunging headlong down the slippery-slope of teen peer-pressure. While its raw unfiltered depictions of self-destructive behavior, including drugs and casual sex, are at times difficult to watch, director Catherine Hardwicke's film strikes a cautionary rather than exploitive tone, effectively exposing the hypersexual, materialistic pressure cooker in which many young girls find themselves, especially when lacking parental vigilance. Several sexual encounters, recurring self-destructive violence and drug abuse, an instance of same-sex kissing, a scene involving full-frontal nudity, as well as much rough and explicit language, the USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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