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Demolition Man



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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

Wesley Snipes stars as an old-fashioned bad guy in a future where all is harmonious, and Sylvester Stallone stars as the old-fashioned cop who must catch him.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - One virtual reality sex scene, in which the participants never touch. They contribute sounds of arousal, and we see nanosecond flashes of a woman's breasts. A discussion takes place about the exchange of bodily fluids during sex, and the diseases that can be transmitted by such acts. Two kisses. There is also a very quick shot of a nude woman on a picture screen. We also see several nude males. There are no clear shots of genitals, but we do see derrieres. And, of course, Stallone takes his shirt off a few times.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There are lots of fire fights, fist fights and explosions, with obvious results, and some blood and gore. Snipes removes the eye of a victim and carries it around on the end of a pen. Several buildings blow up. A man is shot and then tossed into a fireplace. A man is picked up and squeezed by a mechanical arm, while another man shoots at him. A man is instantly frozen and then his head is knocked off.

PROFANITY 6 - A couple of dozen F-words and its permutations as well as scatological terms, anatomical references and profane name calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The future, utopias and totalitarianism, behavior modification, alternatives to the present penal system, solutions to today's social ills.

MESSAGE - Total peace and harmony may sound good, but they stifle human creativity. In order to solve a problem, sometimes violence is the only way.

Special Keywords: S3 - V7 - P6 - MPAAR

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