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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: PG-13

Chris Rock plays as an aspiring standup comic whose career doesn't take off until he's accidentally killed and reincarnated as another person. Also with Regina King, Mark Addy, Eugene Levy, Frankie Faison, Chazz Palminteri, Greg Germann, Jennifer Coolidge and Wanda Sykes. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Mostly played for laughs. Sexual innuendo, including references to a threesome. Kissing, sometimes passionately. We see a man lying on top of a woman, kissing her neck; her dress is hiked up on her thigh. A man and woman kiss passionately on a pool table; the man has his hand on the woman's clothed buttocks. A man watches the Playboy channel and we briefly glimpse a scantily clad woman on the screen. We see a woman in her nightgown under the covers in bed; then we see a second woman in bed with her, and the two women invite a man in bed for a ménage à trois. A woman asks a man if he would like to come into bed and "taste her." We see a back shot of a scantily clad woman (in thong underwear and a bra) kneeling on all fours and shaking her buttocks erotically. A man gives a directive that another man receive a table dance. We see a bare-chested man in a tub. Several shots of cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Almost all played for laughs. Threatening with guns, with a few shots fired. A man is shot to death; we see the gunman fire and then see the body on the ground in what looks like a small pool of blood (but what seems to be blood could be the shine from the inner part of his suit coat -- it's hard to tell). A car crashes into a wall; the windshield and windows are shattered, but no one is hurt. A person is run over and killed by a bus (there's no blood, no corpse and no impact; we just see the two as they're about to collide and then later find out that the man did die). A truck almost runs into a car. A person jumps from a skyscraper, allegedly committing suicide (we only see the person leap, not land). A person drops a barbell on his chest and apparently dies. A person appears to have a heart attack. We see the leg of a person who drowned in a hot tub. A person puts drugs in another person's drink to kill that person. A man hits another in the head with a golf club, causing blood to come out of his nose. A man punches another man in the face. A person pours a thick red liquid on a person's fur coat (it's supposed to look like blood, obviously, but it could be red paint).

PROFANITY 5 - Two bleeped out F-words, many anatomical and scatological references, many mild obscenities, some religious profanities, many insults, several racial slurs, one finger gesture. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Reincarnation, comedy, racism, suicide, success, marriage, infidelity, fate, love, death, loss.

MESSAGE - A person's exterior might change but his inner essence remains the same.

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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