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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: R

A female Senator (Joan Allen) nominated for the Vice-presidency has to withstand an embarrassing confirmation hearing as a congressman (Gary Oldman) tries to denounce her for an alleged sex scandal in her past. Also with Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliott, Christian Slater, Mariel Hemingway, Kristen Shaw, William L. Petersen, Philip Baker Hall, Saul Rubinek, Mike Binder and Robin Thomas. [2:06]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - Kissing, sometimes passionately. Lots of sexual innuendo, including references to multiple partner sex, pedophilia, homosexuality, genitalia, and anal sex. There's one sex scene that is replayed a few times throughout the film involving a woman having sex with two men, in front of a group of people: One man is having intercourse with the woman from behind while she is performing fellatio on another man; we see the woman's bare buttocks and breasts and the woman's head on the man's crotch while she performs fellatio on him. We see a handful of pictures of the aforementioned scene as well. A woman discusses touching a man's penis. We hear several sex sounds coming from a man and a woman either kissing passionately or having sex. We see part of a man's bare buttocks (he's wearing a jacket but no pants).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A car flies off a bridge and into a lake; the driver is trapped inside the car and dies.

PROFANITY 9 - About 32 F-words, some anatomical references, many scatological references, some mild obscenities, several religious obscenities, many insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Politics, manipulation, multiple partner sex, infidelity, adultery, abortion, death, lying, integrity, malice.

MESSAGE - A person's private life (especially sex life) should be left private because it has little to do with one's ability to serve one's country.

Special Keywords: S8 - V3 - P9 - MPAAR

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