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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 14-year-old (Alicia Silverstone), falls hard for a 28-year-old neighbor (Cary Elwes) and when her advances are frustrated, bad things start happening to the supporting cast.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A couple of bare buttocks (male and female) and long, sweeping camera shots of a teenager in a bathing suit. There is a titillating mood throughout, and lots of references to adolescent sex. There are a couple of kisses, and we see an adult couple in bed, presumably after having had sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman is stung by wasps, a teenager falls off her horse, a couple of scuffles (consisting of shoving and a couple of punches) and a couple of men are struck with a stick. There's very little gore, consisting of a teenager with a black eye and a split lip.

PROFANITY 5 - Half a dozen F-words, and a few sexually explicit profanities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Under age sex, obsession and psychosis, rape.

MESSAGE - There's no way to reason with a manifestly homicidal psycho.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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