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Freshman Orientation

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Source: Catholic News Service

Confusion, if not hilarity, ensues when a college freshman (Sam Huntington) poses as gay in order to befriend a sorority pledge (Kaitlin Doubleday) and win her away from her frat-brother-ex-boyfriend (Bryce Johnson); along the way, he's instructed in gay culture by a local bartender (John Goodman), nearly exposed by an ex-girlfriend (Marla Sokoloff), and gains the unsought affection of his roommate (Mike Erwin). Writer-director Ryan Shiraki's comic venture, a tale of sexual anarchy, suffers from a heavy-handed script and is more glum than amusing. Extensive sexual activity, rear and upper female nudity, brief pornographic imagery, a suicide and pervasive rough, crude and crass language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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