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Still shot from the movie: To Save a Life.

To Save a Life

Jake Taylor (Randy Wayne) and Roger Dawson (Robert Bailey Jr.) used to be friends. But now Jake is the coolest basketball star in the school, and Roger is nothing. When the unpopular student tragically dies, Jake is racked by guilty questions about what he might have done To Save a Life. Looking for those answers proves to be a life altering experience. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 120
Theater Release: 26 Feb 2010
Video Release: 03 Aug 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is To Save a Life Rated PG-13?


While this film contains mature topics, its intended purpose is to explore the cause and consequences of serious issues like suicide, sexuality and bullying. Violence includes the depiction of a teen male bringing a gun to school, firing shots into the hallway ceiling and then putting the gun to his head and pulling the trigger (the fatal gunshot is heard but not seen). Another teen male is shown "cutting" himself on his arm, and a teen female admits to doing so in her past. A young boy is hit by a vehicle and is shown lying injured on the pavement. Physical scuffles between teen males (a punch is thrown) along with verbal bullying and taunting are portrayed. A teen couple at a party, inebriated from alcohol, goes into a bedroom and begins pre-sexual activities (the scene cuts to the next morning when the boy asks if they can "do that again"). A teen discovers she is pregnant and considers an abortion—discussions about other alternatives are included. A married man admits to having an affair. Teen girls wear revealing attire and males are seen topless. Alcohol is frequently consumed by teens, and in one scene they play a drinking game where participants become dangerously intoxicated. While not discussed, it’s implied that many teens drive home after these parties. Teens are seen smoking marijuana on school property. Profanities are relatively infrequent, but do include a couple of scatological terms, about a dozen mild expletives, and a crude term for sex.

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