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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

Mel Gibson stars as William Wallace, the real-life 13th century Scottish hero.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A few kisses. A woman is standing naked and we see her breasts (although she is in shadow). A man climbs on top of a woman. A couple of sexual innuendoes, and state-sanctioned rape is discussed. A group of men lift up their kilts in battle and expose their genitals (it's a long shot so we don't see anything very clearly); they then lift up their kilts and wriggle their buttocks (we see this clearly).

VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - There's a lot of extreme, graphic violence as well as gore: People are hit and bludgeoned with clubs, balls on chains and rocks, shot with arrows, gutted with spears and thrown off rooftops; several body parts are lobbed off (we see some close-ups); one person is impaled, another is tied to a post and his throat is slit; horses are also speared through the chest and abdomen. In one scene a young boy sees a hut full of hanging corpses (men, women and children) with protruding tongues and bulging eyes. Soldiers take away a woman on her wedding day for state-sanctioned rape. Another woman is nearly raped, but she fights off her attacker. A woman is beaten by soldiers, tied to a post, and then her throat is slit. We see a leper's rotting face, complete with oozing, bloody bandages. Hot tar is poured on a group of men and they are then set on fire and writhe in agony. A man is tortured before being killed in an extended scene: he is hung but not to the death, he is pulled in two directions with a rope and he is then placed on a crucifix and disemboweled (we only see the hook and his grimacing face) and beheaded (we only see the ax come down). Bloody corpses with gaping wounds are evident throughout.

PROFANITY 2 - A few scatological terms, some milder obscenities and sexual innuendo. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, political freedom, kings and tyrants, revenge.

MESSAGE - Nothing is more important than freedom.

Special Keywords: S6 - V10 - P2 - MPAAR

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