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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

Mark Wahlberg plays a hit man who kidnaps his boss' godchild with explosive consequences. With Lou Diamond Phillips and Christina Applegate.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Sexual innuendo, including references to masturbation and oral sex. A woman wears cleavage revealing outfits. A woman is shown in bed with a man (nothing explicit is shown). A man caresses a woman's clothed buttocks. Men's bare buttocks are shown briefly. A couple are shown kissing, and the man fondles the woman; her panties are briefly seen. A man caresses the thigh of a woman.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Lots of gunfire with lots of people being shot and killed, some with splattering blood. Several explosions (usually killing people). Discussions about having killed many people. A man is punched in the stomach and then stabbed to death. A man is squashed by a car. Blood drips out of a bag which contains body parts and bloody body parts are shown from a distance. A woman is knocked on the head and a woman hits a man on the head. Some fistfights. Two cars go down a hill and explode. Reckless driving. A couple of vomit scenes.

PROFANITY 9 - More than 75 F-words, more than 50 scatological references, many anatomical terms, several mild obscenities, insults and a racial slur. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hit men and killing for money, kidnapping, infidelity, falling in love, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Even lethal, professional hit men can have redeeming qualities. Life is very cheap.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P9 - MPAAR

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