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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: R

Cate Blanchett is Elizabeth, the Protestant Queen of England, who must defend her life and throne against religious and political enemies. Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Kathy Burke, Richard Attenborough, Fanny Ardant, Christopher Eccleston and Vincent Cassel co-star. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo. Passionate kissing and embracing. In two scenes, we see a man and woman having sex with sound and movement; in one of the scenes, we see her bare breasts and his bare buttocks. Several men and women appear to be having an orgy (some bare breasts are visible). We see several women's bare breasts (one bare breast is seen in a picture of a nursing woman).

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Men scalp three others (we see their bloody heads), then set them on fire. In several different scenes, a man's throat is slit, a man is shot with an arrow and a few people are stabbed and killed (all scenes show varying amounts of blood). From a distance, we see a man using a rock to kill someone. A woman dies from wearing a poisoned dress. A man whips himself and we see bloody marks on his back. A man is hung upside down and beaten with a torch (his face is bloody). We see some bloody heads on stakes. Lots of dead bodies -- some bloody -- are strewn about a battlefield.

PROFANITY 2 - A few mild scatological references and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religious warfare, the British monarchy, death, determination.

MESSAGE - Defend your country and your religious beliefs to the death.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P2 - MPAAR

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