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Die Hard: With a Vengeance



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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

John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back with a new best buddy (Samuel L. Jackson), trying to save New York City from a mad bomber (Jeremy Irons).

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man is shown in boxer shorts with a placard over him. A man climbs on top of his lover as he kisses her and tears open her shirt exposing her bra; she tears his shirt off we hear his zipper open (but nothing further is seen).

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Many explosions: A bomb explodes in a department store, a bomb explodes in a subway tunnel causing mayhem and destruction, another one explodes on a boat. There's also a scary segment about a bomb which may have been planted in an elementary school full of children. The explosions are unfortunately reminiscent of the recent Oklahoma bombing. A man is attacked by a mob: they hit him with fists, a basketball and a bottle, and almost stab him. His very bloody head is shown. A man is cut on the arm resulting in a bloody wound. Many men are shot to death with varying amounts of blood, and exposed wounds. A man is cut in two by a cable (very quickly). An extended fight scene with kicking, punching. etc. A man is stabbed in the leg then beaten with a heavy chain. Several car chases, and one helicopter chase, with shooting, crashing, etc. A man is trapped in a tunnel as it fills with water.

PROFANITY 9 - 70+ F-words, racial epithets, 20+ scatological references, and many milder obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Bombs, revenge, Eurotrash super-terrorists.

MESSAGE - A good cop is our last line of defense.

Special Keywords: S2 - V8 - P9 - MPAAR

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