The Dancer Upstairs

 
 

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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

John Malkovich's directorial debut is about an investigator in an unnamed Latin American country who is trying to locate the mysterious Ezequiel, the leader of a revolutionary group that uses terrorist tactics to ferment rebellion among the indigenous people. Disenchanted with the politics of his country, the investigator wonders about his decision to become a policeman. With Javier Bardem, Laura Morante, Juan Diego Botto, Luis Miguel Cintra and Alexandra Lancastre. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A nude man bathes in a stream; we see him from a distance and his private parts are visible. A nude woman showers and we see her bare thigh, bare buttock and bare breast. A man and a woman kiss, a man and woman kiss and hug, a man and a woman kiss on the cheeks. A man admires a woman wearing tight-fitting athletic clothes (we see her cleavage). A dance troupe wears costumes that reveal bare buttocks and chests (the men). A woman undresses in front of a man and we see her in her bra and panties. A woman is referred to as a man's mistress. A woman adjusts her breasts. A young woman bends over and her short skirt reveals her upper thighs and part of her buttocks; a man in a car admires her and asks how old she is. A woman wears a tight-fitting outfit that reveals her cleavage and bare abdomen.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - Several people are shot during a stage performance; in a very graphic and bloody scene, we see a person with a bullet hole through the eye, and one with a bullet hole in the forehead. A wounded young woman is discovered lying in a bed, and we see blood pouring from her mouth and most of her face is missing, and there is blood all over her and the bed; she wipes some blood from her mouth, throws it on a man, and she is shot repeatedly by someone outside the room. Several young women shoot at men in a car; all the men are killed (blood sprays in the car and bodies litter the street), and one young woman is wounded. A burning and charred body hangs by its feet and people gathered around it dance and hit it with a stick. A boy hands a bag to a man in a shop and we see the shop explode; we see a couple of bodies lying in the street and we see the bloody remains (indiscernible) of the boy in a body bag. A car drives into a crowded restaurant and explodes; we see people jumping and being tossed by the blast. A dog with a burning stick of dynamite tied to his tail runs through a crowded market and the dynamite explodes knocking people to the ground. A dog hangs from a light post with a stick of dynamite sticking out of his throat, and a dead dog hangs in a woman's clothes closet -- we see many other dogs hanging from lampposts throughout the movie. We see a man being tortured (a woman shoves pages from a book in his mouth) and then we hear gunshots. From a distance, we see a man being shot and he falls into water. A car runs over someone on a dark road and keeps on going (we later see blood on the bumper). We see two cars explode (presumably with people inside). Armed personnel go into a building and hold a man at gunpoint. We see the first strike of a man being beaten by another man holding a long stick. We hear about a body being found with its limbs cut off, we hear that two homosexuals were beheaded, we hear that a public official was shot, and we hear about a person having been skinned alive. A man shoves a man away from him and bangs his head on a desk. A woman yells at a man, hits him and spits on him. A woman screams in fear when her lights go out. There is a discussion of statutory rape. A man talks about having forced people to eat dog feces. A man has a bloody hand wrapped in a bandage and another man has a charred and bloody face. A man is grabbed and put into a car by other men. A group of people are dragged off by police. We read newspaper headlines that write about assassinations and kidnappings. A man has a skin ailment that leaves him with lesions on his face.

PROFANITY 6 - 18 F-words, 3 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Latin America, terrorism, corruption, revolution, authoritarian regimes, fascism, martial law, communism, Socrates, Jesus, homosexuality, infidelity, hate, fear of the dark, time, religion.

MESSAGE - Revolutions are usually bloody and very brutal.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S7 - V9 - P6 - MPAAR

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