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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: PG

A young man (Jesse Bradford) and his girlfriend (Paula Garcés) do their best to save the world from a weapons scientist (Michael Biehn) who's involved with a project designed to freeze time: Those who possess a special "hyper-time" watch can move at normal speeds while the world stands almost still. Also with French Stewart, Robin Thomas, Jason Winston George, Linda Kim and Julia Sweeney. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young man and woman kiss and hug a few times, and a man and woman hug and kiss once. A young man is distracted while admiring a young woman and shoots a paint-gun he's holding inadvertently. A young man strokes a photograph of a woman in a tight top. There are a few scenes when young men try to hit on a young woman but she rebuffs them. A young woman comes out of a bathroom wrapped in a towel and we see her bare shoulders and legs. A young man has his pants down around his ankles and we see him in his boxer shorts. A young man blows at a young woman's skirt with a leaf blower. A young woman wears skin tight pants and a top that outline her figure (she's outfitted to go rock climbing), a young woman wears a handkerchief top that exposes her bare back and shoulders, midriff and cleavage. Young women wear outfits that reveal cleavage, bare midriffs and thighs in several scenes. There is some mild sexual innuendo: A young man talks about a pool party where girls "get naked," a young man says to a young woman, "for this to work, we have to be touching each other" and the young woman says something like "I've heard that before," a man looks at a young woman and says to his son "no wonder you want a car."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - There's a car chase where a van is chased by a car, and there are several near crashes: the car and van ram each other, they nearly crash head-on into oncoming traffic and the van eventually drives off a bridge crashing into water below (no one is injured). A large explosion sends glass, metal and flames through a laboratory (people are knocked around and a man is temporarily pinned under metal). Several people are shot with liquid nitrogen guns that freeze them temporarily. A young woman kicks a man in the face twice -- once he falls down and then he is knocked out and falls down. Also a man's head is slammed into a wall and he's knocked out. A young man rides a bike through a laboratory while being chased by several men; the young man rides his bike into a man's crotch, spins and hits a man in the face, and he rides through a glass window. A young man goes into his basement carrying a baseball bat, a woman gets it away from him and swings at him, he runs outside and is dragged into a van by a man. A truck crashes through a guard shack and shatters glass. A young man and woman are picked up by a mechanical claw and dropped into a garbage truck. A young man and woman are threatened by a man who seems to have a gun in his jacket pocket. A young man pounds on a glass door with a metal stool. A man is dragged down some steps, and is pulled backwards through a crowded airport terminal and slammed into a van (we don't see anything pulling him, and he moves in a blur). A young man puts a wire into his mouth and gets a jolt. Three people build weapons and gadgets a la TV's "MacGyver." A young man rides his bike recklessly (although he always seems in control) doing aerial spins and jumps on several occasions. A man is dragged out of a room by two people. A man and his son yell at each other a few times. We see a man tied with ropes to a chair. A possum sits on a garbage can and a young man, thinking it's dead, carries it by the tail into a kitchen where it falls to the floor and scurries around while a young woman screams and sprays it with water from a hose. A young man and woman pull several pranks using the "hyper-time" watch that makes the world stand still: A dog that's urinating is moved into a meter-maids cart, a young man's nose ring is attached (with him) to the spoke of a bicycle wheel, a young man's face is painted blue, a car's hood and trunk are opened, and a young man's pants are pulled down; when time flow is restored to normal, panic ensues. A young man sprays another young man in the face with soda, and a young woman sprays a young man in the face with soda. During a D.J. tryout, young men spin around and do aerial acrobatics on a stage. We hear a young man urinating.

PROFANITY 3 - 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities (one in song lyrics), 1 religious exclamation, a couple of references to wetting one's pants, and 5 insults (one is written). [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Controlling time, the nature of time, greed, top secret government operations, self-discipline, revenge, terrorism, distant fathers.

MESSAGE - Technological advances can be dangerous in the wrong hands.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG

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