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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
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

A cold-hearted cynic (Jack Nicholson) learns to warm up, with a little help from a lonely waitress (Helen Hunt) and a battered gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear).

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman is shown from behind wearing only a towel around her waist. Her breasts are briefly glimpsed from the side. Several nude drawings of a woman are shown. As a male street hustler gets undressed, a glimpse of his bare backside is shown.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - There is an intense scene in which a gay man is brutally beaten by three thugs. He is later shown with severe facial scars, a swollen-shut eye and bruises, and spends the rest of the film in a cast, briefly confined to a wheelchair, and then walking on crutches. A man shoves a little dog down a garbage chute.

PROFANITY 6 - A couple of F-words, several scatological references, several anatomical references, several racial and sexual slurs, several mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental illness (Obsessive-Compulsive disorder), bigotry, homosexuality, prostitution.

MESSAGE - Learn to love and others will love you in return.

Special Keywords: S3 - V6 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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