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Dirty Pretty Things



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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

Drama about the extent to which two immigrants to Britain, a Nigerian working as a night porter at a posh hotel and a Turkish chambermaid, must go to to improve their lives. When they stumble across evidence of a bizarre murder a prostitute helps them uncover the truth, which in turn improves their lot. With Audrey Tautou, Sergi Lopez, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Wong and Zlatko Buric. Directed by Stephen Frears. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman have sex while standing up: we see thrusting and hear the man moaning. A woman is forced to perform oral sex on a man: we see her go off screen and we see his gratified face. A man touches a woman's chest, tells her to take off her robe and forces her to have sex with him (we see him thrusting and hear him moaning); we see blood on her robe later. A man touches a woman's face tenderly, and a man and woman hug and she kisses him on the cheek. A man unzips his pants and another man looks at his crotch, and later several men do the same thing (they are suffering from a venereal disease). A man makes a comment about a man and a woman "nesting like birds."

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A character's side is marked with a marker and a scalpel cuts into it (we hear squishing and see blood), an organ is removed and placed in a plastic bag. A man yells and moans in pain, we see his shirt with blood on it, he lifts his shirt and we see a large, gaping, bloody wound. A toilet overflows, a man puts a hanger into the bowl to unclog it, he puts his hand in, and pulls out a human heart (the water turns red from blood). A woman bites a man's private parts when he forces her to perform oral sex on him: we see his pained face and hear him scream. A woman is forced to perform oral sex on a man for his silence, and a woman is forced to have sex with a man. A man hits a woman in the face (she has a bloody nose), she kicks and punches him and sprays him in the face with mace. A man shoves another man against a wall and threatens him with a scalpel. A woman threatens to hit a man with a bottle. A man in a morgue sweeps blood off a metal table. We hear about a man's wife having been killed when their house was firebombed. We hear about people selling their organs and that some of them did not survive the removal. A body covered by a sheet is wheeled into a morgue on a table (we see blue tinged feet with a toe tag). People talk about rape while in jail. Two men barge into a woman's apartment and search around. A man falls on the floor unconscious after drinking a sedative.

PROFANITY 6 - 17 F-words, 7 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Immigration, organ harvesting, rape, Muslims, prostitution, blackmail, love, dreams, principles, virginity, desperation, guilt, going home.

MESSAGE - Sometimes we must take extreme measures to free ourselves from extreme situations.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco and marijuana. A man eats a leaf that helps to keep him awake.)

Special Keywords: S6 - V5 - P6 - MPAAR

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