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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 medical biologist (Saffron Burrows) is on a mission to find a cure for Alzheimer's by conducting genetic experiments on sharks. The sharks become smarter, but they also get more aggressive, eventually wreaking havoc on those at the research facility. Also with Samuel L. Jackson, Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, Stellan Skarsgard, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Jacqueline McKenzie, Wayne Knight, Daniel Rey and Brent Roam. Directed by Renny Harlin. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A little sexual innuendo (including a reference to a woman's vibrator). We see two couples kissing passionately on a boat; the women are in minimalist bikinis and the men in swimming trunks. A woman strips from her wetsuit and throughout the rest of the scene (a few minutes) she remains in her bra and panties. We see a man look at a Playboy centerfold, but we don't see the picture nor do we see nudity on the cover (only a woman's face and bare shoulders are visible).

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - Several people die, most of whom are eaten alive by sharks. A man on a stretcher is accidentally dropped from a helicopter, snatched up by a shark and lodged into an underground glass window (he dies, with lots of blood visible). A shark bites into a man, takes him for a vicious swim and then shares him with another shark (we see the two sharks munching on him). A shark eats a man, leaving the lower half of the man's body floating in the water, and a shark bites off a man's arm (we see the extremely bloody stub). A woman is lifted out of the water by a shark (we see half of her body in its mouth and she eventually dies). A man shoots a shark with a harpoon and a man, being pulled through the water by a shark, pokes the shark's eye with a cross. A woman slits her hand with a knife (the camera focuses on the blood oozing out) and gets swallowed by a shark (we see the shark chomping on her for a few seconds). Sharks attack a man in a cage and a shark attacks a boat (it knocks a hole in the boat, but no one is injured). We see a shark swallow a live parrot. Two sharks attack another shark; we see blood and body fragments of the victim shark). A man is underwater and encounters a corpse floating by. A shark eats an electrical cord and dies, a shark explodes (the body splatters to pieces and leaves a large pool of blood) and a room explodes with a shark inside. A helicopter runs into a building, causing numerous explosions and fires. A few people almost drown. A woman probes a shark with a large needle, extracting fluids (the scene is a bit gross). Numerous scary "jump" scenes, most of which are surprise shark attacks. From a distance, we see a man urinating into the water.

PROFANITY 5 - 4 F-words, several anatomical and scatological references, many mild obscenities and a few insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gene therapy, Alzheimer's disease, the power of prayer, lying, decision making, self-sacrifice, obsessions.

MESSAGE - The hands of science should be cautious when they tinker with hungry aquatic predators.

Special Keywords: S3 - V9 - P5 - MPAAR

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