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The Corruptor



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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

Rookie Mark Wahlberg joins veteran cop Chow Yun-Fat to help bring down a Chinese crime gang that's overtaken Chinatown. Also with Ric Young, Byron Mann, Kim Chan, Jon Kit Lee, Marie Matiko, Paul Ben-Victor, Andrew Pang, Elizabeth Lindsey and Brian Cox. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Sexual innuendo (including a reference to oral sex) and a few passionate kisses. We hear women moaning, then see a nude woman on her hands and knees on a bed with two other nude women (their backsides and one of the women's breasts are visible) being videotaped by a man. We see a man's bare buttocks as a topless woman straddles his back, gives him a massage and licks his ear and neck; he turns over and they kiss passionately. We see two scantily clad women in bed, and it's implied that a man is going to join them for a ménage à trois. Briefly, we see a woman in her bra and panties lying on top of a man; he's in his underwear. A scantily clad woman puts on her shoes while sitting on a bed; a man tries to pay her (obviously for services rendered off-screen). A woman reaches for a man's crotch. We see the bottom part of a woman's bare buttocks from the side as she washes a man's stomach and feeds him. We see several topless women and several men's bare backsides in a brothel (we don't see any sexual activity). A few shirtless men.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - Lots of gunfire is exchanged in about six different scenes: we see people getting shot in the chest and forehead (often we see the bullet enter the skin), lots of bloody wounds and lots of blood squirting from wounds and splattering onto walls, windows or other people. A building explodes; a man with charred clothes and a bloody face stumbles out of the building, and a group of men shoot him repeatedly (we see the first bullet pierce his chest with bloody results). A man puts a gun into his mouth and shoots himself (we see blood splatter on the wall behind him), then a group of men shoot him repeatedly. A man in shot and slides down a wall, leaving a trail of blood. During an extended car chase, lots of gunfire is exchanged between two cars; a pedestrian is hit by a car (and many are nearly hit), several passersby and drivers are shot (we see lots of blood splattering on car windows). A man hanging out of a moving car hits a parked truck (we see his body fall out of the car). A car runs into a truck and the truck's door crashes through the windshield and pins the driver inside (he has bloody cuts on his face). A man shoots a fuel pipe and it explodes; a man catches on fire and falls, getting tangled in some chains. We see a picture of a topless, bloody woman and see a topless, bloody woman with a blackened face in a dumpster. In several scenes, men repeatedly punch, knee and slap other men. A man repeatedly punches and kicks another, then holds his head underwater. A man has a black eye, a bloody cut on his head and blood on his shirt (he also spits blood on the floor). Lots of threatening with guns; in one scene, a man threatens to shoot a man in the crotch. A man is electrocuted. A car explodes. Lots of property damage.

PROFANITY 8 - About 26 F-words, many anatomical references, lots of scatological references, a couple mild obscenities and several insults and racial slurs (mostly heard in soundtrack music). [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Organized crime, Chinatown, prostitution, gambling, undercover police work, betrayal, loyalty.

MESSAGE - The difference between right and wrong isn't always clear.

Special Keywords: S7 - V9 - P8 - MPAAR

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