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Deuces Wild



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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
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MPAA Rating: R

It's 1958 in Brooklyn and a gang known as The Deuces are running the streets of one neighborhood. That is until a drug dealer just released from prison comes there to set up shop. Wanting to keep the streets free of drugs, The Deuces try to fight the drug dealer and his wise guys. With Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, James Franco, Joshua Leonard and Vincent Pastore. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young man and woman kiss passionately in a bed (he is bare-chested and she wears a bra). A young man and woman kiss passionately and fondle each other (he is bare-chested and she is wearing a bra and a slip). A young woman in a window dances for a young man and drops her robe to show her bare back and shoulders. A young man and woman kiss passionately while in a pool, and a young man and woman kiss in several scenes. A young man kisses a young woman's neck. Young men and women are shown at a swimming pool in bathing suits. Young women wear period clothing that includes dresses that expose cleavage and bare shoulders. A young man is shown bare to the waist. Young men look in a pornographic magazine (we only see the cover). There are some remarks made about young women -- like, "she's hot."

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A young man is shot three times in the chest and he falls back covered in blood. A young man is ambushed by several young men who punch, kick and hit him with a bat, breaking his arm and leg (we see his bloody face). There are a few "rumbles" between groups of young men who use kicks, punches, knives, chains and bats: A young man is hit in the head by a slingshot pellet, one young man is bitten by another, one is stabbed in the knee, one is slashed across the chest with a knife, and while on the ground one young man is kicked repeatedly in the stomach by two young men on either side of him. We see several people with bloody faces, and two young men are tackled by another young man and one is punched repeatedly in the face. During another rumble one man is hit in the face with a bat and kicked a few times while he lies on the ground, and others fight with pipes, chains, and a crutch. A man presses an ice pick toward a young man's eye, a young man is shot in the back, a young man is stabbed in the back, and a young man is hit hard in the face with a pipe (we see bloody noses and faces). A young woman is hit in the face and dragged into a building (we hear her scream and see her bruised face later) and it is suggested that she was raped. A young man is shown dead after a drug overdose (we see him several times) and his skin is tinged blue, his eyes and mouth are open and a needle is stuck in his arm. Cinderblocks are dumped from a rooftop onto cars parked in the street below; once, the occupants are injured (we see them with a bloody face, bandages, and a cast), and the other time it is suggested that the occupants were killed. A young man is held on the ground with a knife to his chin and he is cut a little. A young man is held by the head and a knife is dragged across his throat as a demonstration (he is not cut). A man hits a boy in the face. A young man shoves another young man and punches him in the face, a young man is punched in the face, a young man is held by the throat and punched in the face, and a young woman is hit in the face. Two gangs yell, threaten and shove each other. A young man is dumped out of a moving car, and a young man is carried by another young man and laid out in the street (we hear that he has died from a "hot shot" (a laced drug). A group of young men vandalize a street by throwing a garbage can through a store window, breaking car windshields, starting fires, and one man is dragged out of his car and hit with a bat. A young man drives a car into a garage and three people sitting at a table inside are nearly hit. A young man yells at his mother abusively, a young woman yells at a young man and threatens him with a knife. Young men threaten each other frequently with and without weapons. We see young men preparing for fights a few times; they gather their weapons and march aggressively to where the rumble is to be held. A man yells at and kicks his car. A young man tips over a table and hits things, and a young man throws a beer bottle at a wall and it breaks. There's a tense moment when a young woman is nearly caught while robbing a house.

PROFANITY 10 - 95 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene arm/hand gestures, 3 sexual references, 9 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 8 religious exclamations, one insulting term for a woman, one insulting term for a Polish person. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug use and abuse, gangs, rumbles, friendship, grief, death of a child, alcoholism, child abuse, dreams.

MESSAGE - Sometimes the only way to change your life is to leave a place.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. A young man samples some drugs, and another snorts some drugs.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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