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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

Madeleine Stowe is a violin player who's recently regained her sight and has visions of a murderer's face. Aidan Quinn helps, and romances her, as a smart-mouthed detective.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - There are several sex scenes between Quinn and Stowe, which are not visually explicit but quite audible (with groans and moans). There are two shots of male derrieres, one of which is Quinn's. A woman is shown lying in a bathtub, and she is fully exposed from the waist up. There are also several shots of a topless Stowe.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There is a graphic scene of eye surgery. A flashback to a young girl's bloody face after being smashed into a mirror. Several gruesome scenes of victims who are raped and murdered, and shown with their wrists slashed. A police officer is killed and he's shown with his bloody head hanging out of a car. And a violent shoot out, with one person shot off-screen.

PROFANITY 7 - The F-word is used a couple of dozen times along with assorted scatological terms, anatomical and sexual references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Abusive parents, rape, murder, injured pets.

MESSAGE - Seeing isn't necessary believing.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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