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Boogie Nights



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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

A young man (Mark Wahlberg) becomes a big star in the porn film industry. With Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham.

SEX/NUDITY 9 - Full female frontal nudity. We also see her bare buttocks and she then gets on top of a man as another man watches; it's assumed they have sex (although the actual act is not seen). A large penis is seen for several seconds. A man sees his wife and another man having sex, with thrusting and moaning, and we see her bare breasts. A group of people watch a couple having sex with explicit thrusting, in an extended scene. During a filmed sex scene we see thrusting, lots of moaning and deep kissing (including between men and between women). There are several other sex scenes: A filmed scene has a man licking a woman's nipple; a couple have sex off screen (we can't see anything but we hear it); a montage of women's bare breasts and implied oral sex (we see women's heads moving). In another scene of implied oral sex (we see a woman unzip a man's pants and kneel down). A man reaches into his underwear and feels himself and in a later scene masturbates. Lots of sexual innuendo including references to oral sex, homosexuality, anal sex and explicit instructions during the filming of porn scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man slams a woman against a wall. A woman has a severe nose bleed and a man's mouth is bloody after being hit. A man slaps another man and a man slaps a woman in a film. Fight scenes in a film. A man shoots two people dead but we don't see the actual shooting. When a man commits suicide blood sprays on a wall. A man is kicked and punched by two people (including being stomped by skates) and his face is very bloody. A group beat up a man and kick him in the face with some blood. A gunfight with some people being shot and very bloody; a man has blood and brains all over him. Other people are shot and killed. A woman has blood on her thighs from childbirth.

PROFANITY 10 - About 150 F-words, many scatological references, many anatomical references, many mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Pornography, the '70s and '80s, casual sex, fame, drugs.

MESSAGE - Pride goeth before a fall.

Special Keywords: S9 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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