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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

Story of the early, pre-Ringo Beatles, about their years in Hamburg.

SEX/NUDITY 9 - There are approximately ten scenes which include full frontal female nudity. There are also four explicit sex scenes. One in which we see a completely naked woman and the backside of a naked man. Another scene in which a character moons a photographer. Some very brief scenes of men kissing, and a few explicit photos.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - One scene in which two men are beaten and left with bloody mouths and noses. Another couple of mild brawls, primarily shoving and punching. There is another scene in which a character goes berserk, beats another severely and destroys a room. A man dies from a brain hemorrhage, and although there is no real violence, his death is depicted.

PROFANITY 8 - The F-word is used about 10 times, along with a British term meaning the same thing, as well as an assortment of anatomical and scatological references, and profane insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Betrayal, premarital sex, drug use, alcohol abuse, homosexuality, jealousy, infidelity.

MESSAGE - The importance of following your dream, your own vision and not someone else's.

Special Keywords: S9 - V5 - P8 - MPAAR

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