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Appaloosa [2008] [R] - 5.7.5



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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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In the late 1800s, two longtime friends and business partners (Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen) are called to a small New Mexico town to relieve the townspeople from the constant threat a gang of bullies poses. Also with Robert Knott, Renee Zellweger, Timothy V. Murphy, Daniel T. Parker and Lance Henriksen. Directed by Ed Harris. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman lie in bed together (it is implied that they have had sex), she is wearing a sheer top (her nipples are visible), the man is bare-chested and they kiss.
 A man and a woman bathe in the nude (we see bare buttocks, legs and backs). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in several scenes.
 A woman goes upstairs in a hotel, and later comes down and it is implied that she has had sex with a man who is not her boyfriend.
 A woman asks a man if he thinks she's pretty, she kisses him, he pulls away and she tries to kiss him again. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A man kisses a woman on the head. A man caresses the back of a woman's neck. A man and a woman hold hands.
 A woman makes a remark that implies that she and a man have had sex. A woman accuses a man of putting his hands on her. A man makes a disrespectful remark about a man having sex with a woman and the man chastises him. A man asks a woman if she is a prostitute. A woman asks a man if he has ever been with a woman (implying sexually).
 A man admires a woman as she walks into a hotel.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Six men shoot back and forth at each other, five men are struck, blood spurts (we see one man with a bloody wound on his knee and blood smears on a wall and blood trails in the dirt). Three lawmen on horseback approach a ranch, and a man with a gun confronts them and then shoots each of them off their horses (we see them lying on the ground and a bit of blood is splattered in the dirt). A man tells three men to come with him, they threaten to shoot him, they reach for the guns and they are each shot (blood splatters and we see blood on the floor). Two men draw on each other, and one is shot and falls down a flight of stairs (a bit of blood in his mouth).
 A man strikes a man in the mouth with the butt of his gun (we see the man's bloody mouth) and he complains that one of his teeth has been knocked out. Two men compete in how fast they can drink beer, they become loud and rude, and a man punches one of them in the face several times (we see his bloody nose and face), and another man pulls the assailant away. A man punches another man in the face; he falls to the floor, he gets up and the man slaps him in the face.
 Native Americans raid a camp, they take all the weapons that the men have, and take a woman away; two men on a ridge shoot at the assailants, a horse is struck and falls to the ground, and the woman is left and the attackers leave.
 Two men hold a woman with a rope around her neck at gunpoint while several other men hold guns on the two. Two men with guns drawn surround a man in an outhouse, he comes out, they handcuff him and put him on a horse, and then they are chased by men on horseback.
 A man threatens a young man and says, "You are a dead man." A man threatens to beat a man. A man talks about a man having "murdered that fella', then raped and murdered his wife." A man talks about a man shooting three men dead like they "were rattlesnakes." A man talks about "fighting Indians." Two men talk and one threatens the other with imprisonment. A woman asks a man "How long have you been killing people for a living?" A man is convicted to death by hanging.
 Three men urinate on the floor in a saloon (we see a stream and trickle) and a man tells them "put it away or lose it." A huge bull is walked down a street and large testicles are visible.

PROFANITY 5 - 3 F-words, 5 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, anatomical terms, 18 mild obscenities, 2 exclamations (shut up), 2 derogatory terms for Native American women, name-calling (crazy, cowardly), 1 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a cigar in several scenes. People drink alcohol in several saloon scenes. A man drinks shots of alcohol in several scenes. Three people drink wine in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Wild west, lawlessness, truth, lies, fear of being alone, infidelity, liberty, betrayal, friendship, jealousy, pride.

MESSAGE - We cannot always foresee what our lives will become. Feelings can get you killed.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P5 - MPAAR

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