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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind



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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

A presumably fictitious account of the "secret" life of TV game show producer and host Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell), based on his book "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Autobiography." Supposedly, while developing game shows like "Gong Show," "The Newlywed Game" and "The Dating Game," Barris was also operating as a CIA assassin. This is the directorial debut of George Clooney. Also with Clooney, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts and Fred Savage. [1:53]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman have sex: the woman is on top of the man thrusting (we see her bare back) and the man moans (we see his bare legs). A man and a woman have sex: the man thrusts on top of the woman and we see his bare back and chest and her bare back. A man and a woman have sex in a shower: we see rhythmic movement, kissing and their bare shoulders. A woman climbs onto a man's lap and kisses him, we see a theater filled with couples kissing, a man and a woman kiss romantically a few times, a man crawls across a table to kiss a woman and she licks his face, we see the silhouette of a man and a woman kissing, and we see quick clips of a man kissing two different women in many different settings. A man and a woman kiss while lying on a sofa (her leg is wrapped around his waist), we hear panting and moaning, and another woman walks in on them. We see a fully nude man from the back several times in several scenes. A man opens his pants zipper and presumably removes his penis (we don't see anything) making a sexual suggestion to the woman. A woman invites a man to have sex with her, a young boy asks a young girl to lick his private parts, and a man makes sexual sounds. Men talk about the inappropriateness of sexual descriptions over the airwaves, and people talk about having anal sex. A man slathers something (we presume it's microfilm) with Vaseline and then reaches behind him and grunts (we assume he's inserting the microfilm in his anus). A man admires a woman as she swims by. A woman wears a low-cut, short top that exposes cleavage and her bare abdomen, a woman wears a cleavage revealing top, and a large number of women in bikinis lie around a pool. A woman bathes and we see her bare shoulders above the bubbles, and a man zips and buckles up his pants. A man tries to kiss a woman in a few scenes. A man talks about his mother having raised him as a girl (we see him dressed in dresses and see his mother dressed in mourning clothing on his birthday).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man is dragged into the back of a car and strangled (his legs flail around until he dies). A man shoots two men then drags another man out of a car and shoots him (there is blood all over him). A man is shot a few times and we see bloody holes in his clothing. Two men hold guns on a man, then we see the man dead on the ground with blood on his head and sleeve. A man sits on a diving board over a swimming pool and the water below him fills with blood. A man shoots a man and leaves him dead on the ground, and a woman is shot in the back. A man gags and falls on the floor unable to move, and a woman gags and falls to the floor gasping and trembling. There are quick clips of a man killing several people in several scenes. We see that a man is imagining a studio filled with people dead and covered with blood. A man is hit in the head with a gun (we see him later with a bandaged nose and black eyes), a woman punches a man in the face, and a man is punched in the nose. A man holds a gun to a man's head. A man is thrown out of a bar by the bouncer and lands hard on the sidewalk. A man receives instructions and training on how to kill a man: one example shows a man being hit in the throat and he goes down gasping for air (presumably, he dies from his injuries although we don't see his demise) and another shows people preparing nitroglycerine. Battery cables are attached to the genitals of a dummy, they are switched on and the dummy smolders. A man has a scarred face. A woman talks about her father having been a serial killer. We hear that a baby was born with a twin's umbilical cord wrapped around its neck. A man talks about enjoying the act of killing, people talk about a man having committed suicide, people talk about a man blowing his brains out. A man yells at and threatens a group of young men and women. We see a dead man in a morgue with a toe tag. We hear a man vomiting.

PROFANITY 10 - 54 F-words, 13 sexual references, 1 explicit hand gesture, 12 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 1 religious profanity, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Television payoff scandals, Communism, fame, celebrity, criticism, promises, deceit, assassination, delusions, the CIA, the FCC, the Old Testament, World War II, insanity.

MESSAGE - Never let the facts stand in the way of a fantastically ridiculous secret life.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. A character asks for some "weed.")

Special Keywords: S7 - V5 - P10 - MPAAR

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