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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

Spike Lee film about a dope pusher has an attack of conscience when his older brother confesses to a murder the younger brother may or may not have committed. With Harvey Keitel, John Turturro and Delroy Lindo.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man is forced to pull down his pants and we see his buttocks. Some sexual innuendo and references.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A few fairly brutal fistfights (a gun is brandished about in one and a cop is hitting someone in another). Bloody corpses are seen in a graphic montage. A boy shoots a man in the chest and we see some blood. A couple of close-up shootings, with blood. A man is shown shooting another man in the head at point-blank range, while the victim begs for his life; there are a number of dead, bloody bodies in the scene. A dead body is shown in a pool of blood and we see bloody wounds in close-up, as well as brain matter oozing out the back of the head.

PROFANITY 9 - 40+ F-words, 40+ scatological terms, many milder obscenities, many racial epithets. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drugs, poverty and housing projects, racism.

MESSAGE - Sometimes you have to give someone another chance; good people can make bad mistakes too.

Special Keywords: S3 - V6 - P9 - MPAAR

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