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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: PG-13

A sleepy Southern town wakes up when an eccentric woman (Patricia Neal) commits suicide and the police investigate it as a murder case. Also with Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton, Lyle Lovett, Ned Beatty, Courtney B. Vance, Donald Moffatt, Matt Malloy, Rufus Thomas and Ruby Wilson. Directed by Robert Altman. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A few instances of mild sexual innuendo and four passionate kisses; during two of the kisses, the man unbuckles the woman's overalls (we see a flash of her bare stomach and upper thigh) and then they move into another room and shut the door; sex is implied but we don't see or hear anything. We see a woman's bikini underneath layers of sheer fabric and a woman is wearing a cleavage-revealing top.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman puts a pillow over her face and points a gun into it; we then hear a gunshot and see feathers from the pillow fly around. We see the corpse with the pillow covering its face a few times (no blood is visible); we also see some blood-covered pillows and blankets. A woman cuts her finger on a shard of glass (we see a little blood). A brief instance of threatening with a gun. A woman tries to grab another's throat and a man falls onto the floor as he climbs through a window. We see a man gut and skin a fish and we see a fake head on a platter. A man pretends to stab himself in a stage play (no blood is used).

PROFANITY 3 - One anatomical reference, some scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and an insult. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Suicide, dysfunctional families, drunkenness, loyalty.

MESSAGE - Everyone gets what they deserve in the end.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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