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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

Chronicles how author Jim Carroll transformed himself into a drug addict and hustler. Leonardo DiCaprio stars.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Discussion of masturbation & bestiality (a kid is shown masturbating). Some peep-show nudity. Teens moon the passengers on a boat. A teen has sex with a prostitute (she is shown in underwear): they are later pictured nude in bed, strategically covered. A male coach propositions a male teen. A man grabs a teen's crotch.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Teens sniff cleaning fluid fumes and one of them vomits. Cocaine use is also depicted. A bottle is smashed over a teen's head and there's a violent street brawl. In a dream, a teen shoots his classmates with a shotgun (wounds & blood are shown). A man breaks a teen's hand. A man falls off a building to his death. There's a street beating and some teens beat and rob a woman.

PROFANITY 7 - The F-word and scatological terms are used frequently throughout the film. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Theft, drug use, prostitution.

MESSAGE - Drug use brings about self-destruction.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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