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Carlito's Way



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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

Al Pacino and Sean Penn star in this familiar gangster tale about a bad guy who tries to make good but whose past keeps catching up to him. Also with Penelope Ann Miller.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - More nudity than sex, thanks to a scene in a strip-bar, with bare breasts and female derrieres shown several times. One implied sex scene in which we see the woman nude, but we do not see the actual act.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Countless numbers of dead bodies, primarily from gun shots. In one scene, a young man has his throat slit and in another, particularly chilling scene, a man is beaten to death with a boat oar while he screams for mercy. There are two major shoot outs, the last one includes graphic blood and gore.

PROFANITY 7 - The F-word is used numerous times as well as an abundance of scatological and anatomical references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug abuse, gangster mentality, betrayal, theft, murder.

MESSAGE - You must make a clean break in order to start over. You cannot put honor above reason. Your past always catches up to you.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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