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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: R

When infamous mob boss Robert De Niro starts losing his homicidal, vengeful tendencies, he bullies psychoanalyst Billy Crystal into "fixing" him. Also with Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Chazz Palminteri and Kyle Sabihy. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Sexual innuendo (including references to impotence and oral sex) and kissing. We hear moaning and see people moving underneath sheets; we then see a scantily clad woman breathing heavily while moving rhythmically on top of a man.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is shot in the chest (we see two bloody bullet holes on his shirt) and another is shot in the back several times (we see holes in his jacket). Gunfire is exchanged in several scenes: in one scene three men are shot (we see a little blood on their clothes) and a few cars are bullet-ridden, and in another a man is shot in the chest (some blood is visible). Men in a car open fire on a restaurant; we see lots of glass breaking and a man's body lying on the ground. During a scuffle, we hear glass breaking, see a lamp explode after it's shot, then see a man fall out of a very high window (it's implied he dies on impact). It's implied that a man is being beaten when we hear loud crashes coming from a room. A man who's tied to a chair is slapped, and several other men are slapped in different scenes. We see a man with a bag over his head and rope bound around his legs and arms lying in a car's trunk; he starts moving around and is slapped. Some threatening with guns and many verbal threats. A man shoots a sofa cushion several times. We see a man in an aquarium shark tank (nothing happens). In a series of full-screen photographs, we see a sheet-covered corpse and a man with a bandaged head and blood on his suit coat.

PROFANITY 10 - Nearly 85 F-words, lots of anatomical and scatological references, a couple of mild obscenities and lots of insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Organized crime, psychoanalysis, Oedipal complex, getting married, loyalty, betrayal, infidelity, murder, loss of a parent.

MESSAGE - Even the strangest therapeutic relationships can make meaningful progress. Gangsters are people too.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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