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The Deep End of the Ocean



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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

Michelle Pfeiffer stars as a depressed and guilt-ridden mother obsessed by the abduction of her three-year-old son. With Treat Williams, Jonathan Jackson II, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Musante, Michael McElroy, Ryan Merriman, Lucinda Jenney, Brenda Strong and Alexa Vega. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Sexual innuendo (including a reference to lesbianism). Although barely seen on-screen, a man touches a woman's clothed breast.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A woman bites a man's arm. A boy is knocked down while playing basketball.

PROFANITY 6 - About 3 F-words, many scatological references, many mild obscenities and a couple of insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Loss of a child, family, sibling rivalries, relationships, adolescent drinking, suicide.

MESSAGE - No perfect family exists, even when all the pieces are in place -- sometimes children need to make their own decisions, however difficult.

Special Keywords: S2 - V1 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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