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American Me



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: R

Edward James Olmos stars in and directed this Horatio Alger story gone bad about drugs, prison life and gang wars.

SEX/NUDITY 8 - While there's no nudity, there are graphic scenes of homosexual rape taking place in prison. There is one lovemaking scene which is intercut with a homosexual rape/killing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - There's extreme violence, though the worst of it is kept -- just -- off screen. Some very violent murders - one group murder committed by forced cocaine overdose, and one man is raped and killed in a particularly unpleasant fashion, with a large knife through a very sensitive area of the anatomy. The camera doesn't linger on the worst moments, but the images do come through loud and clear.

PROFANITY 6 - Profanity is heavy and frequent. Lots of instances of the F-word and other four-letter words. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Homosexuality, rape, organized crime, drug trafficking and street gangs, are issues which saturate the film.

MESSAGE - The implied message is that through education one may avoid a wasted life of crime.

Special Keywords: S8 - V9 - P6 - MPAAR

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