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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

Police detective Michael Douglas becomes sexually involved with the suspect (Sharon Stone) in a grisly murder case he's investigating. Also with, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle, Bruce A. Young, Chelcie Ross, Dorothy Malone, Wayne Knight, Daniel von Bargen, Stephen Tobolowsky and Benjamin Mouton. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 10 - Lots of sexual innuendo. Lots of kissing, often passionately; we see two women kiss a few times. Twice, a woman ties a man's hands to a headboard as she moves rhythmically on top of him (we see bare breasts and buttocks and hear them both moaning pleasurably). In two scenes, we see a man and woman thrusting and moaning (in one of the scenes, the woman's bare breasts and buttocks are visible); twice, we see a nude but strategically covered couple in an obviously post-coital moment. In a rather violent but seemingly consensual sex scene, a man shoves a woman against a wall, kissing and fondling her, then lifts up her skirt, rips off her shirt, bra and panties, pushes her onto a chair and appears to have intercourse with her from behind (we see her bare breasts and buttocks). A man kisses a woman's bare breast and inner thigh, then puts her legs on his shoulders (cunnilingus is implied). Fellatio is also implied. We see full frontal female nudity, a glimpse of a woman's genitals as she uncrosses her legs (the scene is rather hazy), a woman's bare buttocks as she's changing clothes and a man's bare buttocks as he's walking away from a bed. In a mirror above a bed, we see a woman's bare backside as she's having intercourse with a man. While dancing, a woman straddles another woman and touches her clothed breast; a man squeezes a woman's clothed buttocks and kisses her passionately as they dance suggestively. We see a couple of partially revealed breasts underneath clothing and lots of cleavage-revealing tops and short skirts.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - In two different scenes, a woman ties a man's hands to a headboard while they're having intercourse and then stabs him repeatedly with an ice pick (we see blood splatter on her breasts and torso); we see one of the very bloody bodies lying in a bloody bed in a later scene. A woman is shot. We see a dead man with a bloody bullet wound on his temple. We see photos of children's bloody corpses. A woman scratches a man's bare back during intercourse and we see the bloody marks. On television, a monster chases a woman. Reckless driving; two cars nearly collide head-on, a man is hit by a car (he's slightly injured), and a car drives off a bridge (we see a dead body inside the wrecked car, but there's no blood). A man pushes another against a wall and chokes him. A man and woman scuffle.

PROFANITY 9 - Nearly 40 F-words, many anatomical and scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, bisexuality, lying, betrayal, psychological warfare, drug use, life imitating art, lust.

MESSAGE - You never know who you can trust.

(Note: The unrated version on video contains 42 more seconds of very explicit sex scenes.)

Special Keywords: S10 - V8 - P9 - MPAAR

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