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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

Coming of age tale about punks in the burbs. With Joseph Lindsey and Mira Sorvino.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A bedroom scene with nudity hidden by close-ups and bed sheets. A teen is also shown in bed with a girlfriend, likewise hidden by sheets. A nude dancer is shown in a nightclub.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Three gangland-style shootings occur, but the victim is always off-camera; the shooter is on-camera. A body is shown in a car trunk, with a bullet-hole through the eye. An extended and brutal fight takes place in an alley. A nightclub robbery takes place, with much shoving and gun-waving. A rival gang responds in kind, raiding the celebration of the robbery and knocking some of the players around.

PROFANITY 7 - The F-word is employed frequently, as well as other profanities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug use and drug dealing; organized crime, murder.

MESSAGE - Time changes people and allegiances; Personal relationships are the wild card in the most carefully-laid plans.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P7 - MPAAR

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