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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

Chris Rock stars as the leader of a rap band, in this parody of what it really takes to make it as a rapper. The band's lyrics and actions are an exaggerated version of controversial rap groups like NWA.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - There are two explicit sex scenes in which we clearly see a topless woman, as well as flashes of the rest of her unclothed body. One scene shows characters licking various parts of their partner's body (oral sex is suggested). During a rendition of the band's hit song, brown balloons symbolizing a part of the male anatomy, fall from the ceiling.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - There's a brief car chase, accompanied by gun fire between the two cars. Two fist fights (without blood) and one character has a heart attack and dies when he's threatened with a gun. At the dead man's open casket funeral, a man punches his corpse.

PROFANITY 9 - Every profanity imaginable is here: at least 30 utterances of the F-word, plus assorted anatomical references, scatological language and insults. The issue of dirty song lyrics is one of the film's themes. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Pre-marital sex, drug-dealing, women treated as sex-objects.

MESSAGE - Be yourself; don't hide behind a facade.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P9 - MPAAR

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