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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

Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter track down a serial killer.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual references. Photos of murder victims show breasts and buttocks. A murder victim has one breast slightly displayed.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man slashes a police officer's throat and we see his body later with a bloody wound. We see bloody crime scene photos a few times. A woman is found in a bathtub with striations on her face. A woman shot in a car is shown with a gaping wound on her neck. A woman's corpse is shown with bloody ankles, and another woman's bloody, dead body is found. We see a man's headless body. A man is shot to death. Two police officers are shown in puddles of blood. A woman is beaten and later has a bruised, bloody face. A woman is strung up by a wire, dangling and choking. A woman is tied to a table with a bag over her head. One explosion.

PROFANITY 6 - 14 F-words, many scatological references, some mild obscenities, a couple of anatomical references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Serial killing, agoraphobia, criminal psychiatry, stalking, insanity.

MESSAGE - You can't live your life running away from your fears. Living closed off from society won't protect you.

Special Keywords: S3 - V8 - P6 - MPAAR

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