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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

Documentary of wannabe filmmaker Mark Borchardt's efforts to finance and shoot the low-budget horror flick "Coven." Also with Joan Petrie, Mike Schank, Bill Borchardt, Monica Borchardt and Cliff Borchardt. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - We see a few photos of women in cleavage-revealing tops and see part of a centerfold magazine cover (no explicit nudity is visible); also, we see a couple of shirtless men and a couple of women in midriff- and cleavage- revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - In various film clips (some of which are shown a couple of times and obviously use fake blood and makeup effects), a woman is stabbed in the neck repeatedly (we see lots of blood on her neck and chest), a bloody-faced man spits blood out of his mouth, "goo" pours out of a man's shirt (we see a little splatter on the floor), a man with a decomposed face is shown, a bloody decomposing corpse is shown, a man's head is thrown through a cabinet resulting in an extremely bloody head wound, a woman stabs a man's leg, a boy is stabbed, men scuffle, a boy is hit in the head with a stick, several people smash a car's windows, and a man is dragged through a creek by several others. While shooting a film, a man tries to put a man's head through a cabinet door several times before succeeding; he punches the cabinet a few times (resulting in a few bloody cuts on his knuckles), trying to break the door so it softens the blow to the other's head. A man and women yell at each other in front of their children.

PROFANITY 10 - About 50 F-words, several anatomical references, lots of scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Filmmaking, pursuing one's dreams, alcoholism, dysfunctional family relationships, debt, friendship, determination.

MESSAGE - Your dreams can come true with a lot of hard work, dedication and help from friends and family.

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